Review: “Love, Simon”

4 out of 5 stars. “Love, Simon,” has everything you’d expect to find in a teen rom-com: a quirky sense of humor, misunderstandings that complicate friendships, attempts to fit in while navigating the drama of high school, and the search for first love.  But the one thing that makes “Love, Simon” not just stand apart … Continue reading Review: “Love, Simon”


Review: “Tomb Raider”

3 out of 5 stars. With “Tomb Raider,” director Roar Uthaug tries to do something that no other film based on a video game has managed to do: imbue the story and characters with some humanity extending beyond the action scenes.  By giving the film a more serious and gritty tone—and with an outstanding leading … Continue reading Review: “Tomb Raider”

Review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

2.5 out of 5 stars. Minor spoilers ahead for those unfamiliar with the story. I first read Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel “A Wrinkle in Time” when I was in elementary school.  I remember not being especially thrilled by it, but decided last year, in anticipation of Disney and Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation, it was time … Continue reading Review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

Review: “Red Sparrow”

2.5 out of 5 stars. There have been a lot of people referring to “Red Sparrow” as the “Black Widow” movie.  While we have yet to receive a stand-alone Black Widow film from Marvel Studios, Natasha Romanoff’s past has been referenced in past films.  But outside of the similar titles, the fact that both characters … Continue reading Review: “Red Sparrow”

Countdown to the Oscars: Final Predictions

The 90th Academy Awards are this Sunday, and I can’t remember a year in which the awards were harder to predict.  But with the Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice, BAFTAs, and various guild awards now behind us, a pattern has emerged giving us more of a concrete idea of who will take home an Oscar.  Still, … Continue reading Countdown to the Oscars: Final Predictions

Review: “Annihilation”

4 out of 5 stars. Often, the best science fiction films are the ones that don’t give you all the answers, but rather give you more to puzzle out on your own long after leaving the theater.  Such is the case with Alex Garland’s second directorial effort, “Annihilation,” based on the first book in a … Continue reading Review: “Annihilation”

Review: “Black Panther”

5 out of 5 stars. Although several superhero films over the past couple years have done different things to make audiences rethink the genre, it’s easy to be inundated with the sameness of the Hollywood blockbuster.  This is especially true of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which found a formula that seems to please audiences and … Continue reading Review: “Black Panther”

Review: “I, Tonya”

4 out of 5 stars. The 1994 Winter Olympics saw a record number of people tune in to watch the women’s figure skating competition, not for the sport itself, but for the drama surrounding U.S. skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.  It’s something that’s true even of director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Steven Rogers’ version … Continue reading Review: “I, Tonya”

Review: “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”

1.5 out of 5 stars. Let’s be real, the whole dystopian YA fad began to fade—at least on the feature film front—a couple years ago. So maybe that’s partly why “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” feels like too little too late, especially after having its release date delayed by a year due to an injury … Continue reading Review: “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”

10 Best Movies of 2017

Better late than never—with January 2018 fast approaching its conclusion, and with this week’s Oscar nominations placing the spotlight on many great films from last year, here are my picks for the 10 best movies I saw in 2017. Click the links to read my full review of each film. “Phantom Thread”: Paul Thomas Anderson’s … Continue reading 10 Best Movies of 2017