Reviews

Monsters-Dark-Continent-Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Has Little To Do With Monsters

Film: Monsters: Dark Continent
Starring: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley
Directed by: Tom Green

Taking place ten years after the events in Gareth Edwards’ Monsters and featuring an entirely different cast of characters in a completely different environment, Monsters: Dark Continent showcases another, far less thrilling side of cinematic universe expansion.

It opens with a soldier standing under a blazing sun while his narration tells us how the world has changed since the monsters arrived. Being a low class kid from Detroit, our hero was left with the option to either fight for his life or make the most of the …

Insurgent-Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Insurgent’ Is A Complete Disaster

Film: Insurgent
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James
Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Coming off a film that seemed to exist solely for the purpose of setting up its sequel(s), Insurgent offers more of the same mediocrity the Divergent series has become synonymous with over the last year. It’s neither better nor worse than its predecessor. It simply is, and that is far from enough to hold viewer’s interest.

Picking up sometime after the events of the first film, Insurgent opens to find Tris, Four, and the others who fled the city taking shelter in the quiet community of Amity. It’s a …

Welcome-To-Leith-Review

SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Welcome To Leith’ Finds White Supremacy In North Dakota

Film: Welcome To Leith
Directed by: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker

Craig Cobb is part of a dying breed. In 2012 he made headlines after moving to a town with a population of 24 (including children) in rural North Dakota for the sole purpose of building a community of people sharing his white nationalist ideology and gaining the electoral majority. He bought twelve plots of land, all in various states of decay, and soon ignited a media frenzy that brought the community of Leith into the national spotlight.

Welcome To Leith tells of Craig Cobb’s arrival in Leith, the …

Hangman-Movie-Review

SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hangman’ Is An Effectively Creepy Twist On Found Footage

Film: Hangman
Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield
Directed by: Adam Mason

Following a family vacation to parts unknown, The Miller family returns home to find someone has burglarized their house. Nothing seems to be missing, but even after they clean up the family cannot help feeling like something is not quite right.

What audiences know that The Millers do not is that the person who invaded their home is still living within its walls. He’s also set up hidden cameras in essentially every room so he can spy on the family while they’re home and take advantage of their amenities …

Corpse-Of-Anna-Fritz-Review

SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Corpse Of Anna Fritz’ Is A New Cult Classic

Film: The Corpse Of Anna Fritz
Starring: Albert Carbó, Alba Ribas
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens

Anna Fritz is dead. A tabloid favorite, the young film icon who has worked with seemingly everyone in Hollywood has passed away from causes not yet known and her remains are currently being kept in a discreet location. One hospital worker cannot help snapping a quick photo of the deceased star for his two closest friends, and soon those same friends show up at his work. They both want to see Anna in person. One even wants to touch her. She’s dead after all, so …

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SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Turbo Kid’ Offers Silly, Gore-Filled Goodness

Film: Turbo Kid
Starring: Munro Chambers
Directed by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

Combining elements of Mad Max, direct-to-VHS science fiction sequels, and enough tongue-in-cheek humor to keep everyone snickering throughout, Turbo Kid is an original adventure you won’t soon forget.

The year is 1997, and as you undoubtedly remember the world has been destroyed from years of war and pollution. Those who remain are scattered across what is now known as the wasteland, and they largely depend on bicycles for transportation. Resources are scarce, as are friendly faces, and everyone seems to be looking out solely for …

Out-To-Win-Film-Review

SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Out To Win’ Falls Short Of Glory

Film: Out To Win
Starring: Billie Jean King, Jason Collins
Directed by: Malcolm Ingram

Hoping to make the most of the increased media attention given to athletes who identify as belonging to the LGBTQA community, Out To Win brings together all-star athletes and asks them to share their stories. Most have already been heard, but when combined they serve as a timeline for acceptance (or lack thereof) in a culture that still has a lot of growing up to do.

Comprised almost entirely of archive footage and interviews, Out To Win is more or less a collection of stories from …

The-Cobbler-Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Cobbler’ Will Soon Be Forgotten

Film: The Cobbler
Starring: Adam Sandler
Director: Thomas McCarthy

While watching The Cobbler I encountered a problem that I have rarely, if ever, found in a film before. Instead of starting strong and later letting me down, the film’s biggest fault occurred in the opening moments and lasted almost the entirety of the first act. It was such a colossal misstep that anyone choosing to skip the remainder of the film would be understood, though they would also be missing out.…

Sleeping-With-Sirens-Madness-Review

REVIEW: Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Madness’

Artist: Sleeping With Sirens
Album: Madness
Label: Epitaph Records

Having long secured their position atop the alternative rock genre, Sleeping With Sirens have truly outdone themselves with Madness. As the fourth full-length album from the band in just five years, the album perfectly channels the band’s numerous influences into one big, hook-heavy rock record that is as catchy as it is dynamic.

Opening with a shotgun blast of angst-laden pop rock akin to The Used’s placement of “Take It Away” at the top of In Love and Death, “Kick Me” welcomes listeners to Madness with a bang. It’s …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It Follows’ Is A Modern American Horror Masterpiece

Film: It Follows
Starring: Bailey Spry
Directed by: David Robert Mitchell

David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows will eventually be known as the first instant classic of 2015.  A distant departure from his previous work, this original horror story plays like the ad for safe sex you never knew you needed, and it supplies plenty of deeply chilling scares along the way.

We open on a seemingly average suburban Detroit neighborhood. A girl, unnamed, emerges from her home in a panic. She doesn’t speak as much as scream, and it’s clear from her body language that she believes someone or some …

Run-All-Night-Movie-Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Run All Night’ Is A Complete Misfire

Film: Run All Night
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

Run All Night is not a great film. Between the ridiculous transitional sequences, mediocre acting, and a script that feels as if it is missing thirty pages, the latest feature from Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra is one of the worst crime dramas in recent memory. That’s not to say it is entirely his fault, as there are many moving parts at play here, but given the sizable cast of notable talents and relatively straightforward plot it would seem someone at the helm need be held responsible for …

Cinderella-Movie-Review-2015

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Cinderella’ Finds Magic In Live-Action Adaptation

Film: Cinderella
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

It’s hard to imagine anyone making it beyond their third or fourth year of life without being told or made to watch the story of Cinderella. In a world filled with children’s stories, films, and TV shows vying for the increasingly hard to hold attention of young people, the tale of one girl, her prince, and a fairy godmother has continuously won over audiences worldwide. The reason for that is one that alludes me to this day, but having seen Disney’s latest adaptation of this classic tale I …