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Rating Title/Year Author
Alien (1979) Princess Weekes There is something beautifully simplistic about Alien-the practical effects, the design of the alien, and how the tension just keeps ramping up. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Rachel Leishman So, honestly, a fun hour and thirty-nine minutes. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
1.5/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Princess Weekes The big problem with this sequel is that it covers a lot of issues that the it's unable to commit to properly handling, both tonally and structure-wise. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 Little Monsters (2019) Kate Gardner [T]he film has some great moments, mostly centered on Miss Caroline kicking ass and the kids being kids. But there's too much emphasis on shock value humor... and there isn't quite enough poking fun at the genre to make it a savvy send up. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Rachel Leishman Knives Out delighted me to no end and kept me thinking the entire time. With each new twist, I thought I knew who did it and what was going on but then I was shown I couldn't trust a single person and that's the sign of a brilliant mystery. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Princess Weekes It is made well, but overall, it's a childish, meandering story that didn't deserve the attention it got, but also doesn't deserve much other than acting praise. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) Rebecca Harrison I Used to be Normal does great work at getting behind the screaming headlines and shrieking stereotypes to the emotional and psychological realities of women's experiences. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 Sister Aimee (2019) Kate Gardner While a straight (pun intended) biopic about Aimee would be just as fascinating, the fictionalized story is a lot of fun, and I'm always here for a story that actively tries to shake up expectations. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Princess Weekes Downton Abbey delivers what it's supposed to, a dated escapism that is so detached from our modern-day issues that you can just obliviously enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Rachel Leishman It's limited, brilliant, and now we have an entire movie worth of interviews at our disposal. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rachel Leishman I love Jojo Rabbit with my whole heart, and it is the perfect blend of Waititi's wit and ability to pack a comedy with an emotional punch-a definite must-see. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 Human Capital (2019) Rachel Leishman With surprising twists and reveals, the movie does a great job of keeping you engaged with the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Kate Gardner The film is an achievement in big-budget horror storytelling, and an excellent adaptation of King's work. It is weird and messy and ultimately uplifting, with a strong cast and some serious scares. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Kate Gardner There's no big studio franchise plans set around Ready or Not, but rather just an excellent horror film that audiences have been responding positively to. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Rachel Leishman Overall, I think that Blinded by the Light is going to hit home for so many of us, even being set in the late '80s, and it truly shows the power of music and how it can uplift us. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 The Kitchen (2019) Sara Clements The narrative is a mess at times... and too incoherent in its exploration of character motivations, but the drama is there, with all the shocking and violent moments you can expect from a mob tale. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Kate Gardner It serves as a decent introduction to the world of horror for younger audiences and provides a horror film that the entire family can enjoy. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Descendants 3 (2019) Princess Weekes It was a powerful final chapter to this fun, musical trilogy. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Chelsea Steiner Even potentially exciting sequences, like the Samoan battle with traditional weaponry, is dulled by quick editing and uninspired filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Kate Gardner Spider-Verse is a triumphant work of art that is beautiful to behold, that gets better with each additional viewing. It embraces the truly remarkable spirit that makes Spider-Man so popular and why he is so important to so many fans. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Rachel Leishman The movie isn't perfect; it has its flaws... and we don't all have to love the idea of the struggle of the straight, white, male actor. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
It (1990) Kate Gardner Mostly, it's just campy fun. The actors are overly dramatic in the best way... The CGI is bad, and the scares aren't particularly scary, but it's a fun watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kaila Hale-Stern It's everyday people and not legends who become the main players. That they can feel so true to life in a fantastical universe speaks to the real sleight-of-hand magic at work in this summer blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (2006) Princess Weekes Shizuku is a fantastic heroine and for all my creatively inclined people, if you haven't seen this movie yet, it'll remind you of the work and honing of craft needed to be great at anything you love. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Princess Weekes That doesn't make this adaptation necessary, but I will say that having a majority Black voice cast in the movie was really awesome to hear. Yes, even Beyoncé. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Rachel Leishman MJ grew as a character and managed to represent all the things we love about the iconic Mary Jane Watson, with a new twist, made it a delight to watch as Peter and MJ started to let their relationship form. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Vivian Kane This is a movie that is designed to overwhelm your senses and to stay with you afterward and it very much succeeds in both of those things. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kate Gardner Pure popcorn fun, engaging and eye-catching. Just as the emotional beats tend to hit the mark, the action scenes hit their mark too. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Rachel Leishman If you like the Beatles, you'll like Yesterday's end credits where you get to hear the actual "Hey Jude"... But I wish I had come away with more from Yesterday and characters that I could have believed in. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Kate Gardner If the formula isn't broken, don't fix it. We all need popcorn horror fare, and the Conjuring franchise, and Annabelle, know how to deliver. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Rachel Leishman Toy Story 4 is maybe the perfect conclusion to this series. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Princess Weekes It's disappointing that with a franchise that has so much promise and so much potential for fun, they couldn't make something strong out of it. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Chelsea Steiner The franchise and its stars deserved better than this disappointing outing. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Kate Gardner Bring some Kleenex and get ready to cry your heart out. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Rachel Leishman The X-Men should have been an important cultural boon to Fox-they took some of the most iconic characters in comics and had the chance to bring them to screen in a meaningful way. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kate Gardner It streamlined the narrative and didn't dredge up the bad writing of Age of Ultron, which is always a net positive. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Princess Weekes The crappy way they deal with Storm's powers, make Jean Grey a plot device versus treating her like a real character. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Princess Weekes If you are a fan of monster movies, this is one of the best I've seen in recent years. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
1/5 Ma (2019) Princess Weekes Sadly, by the time the story really gets good, it's too late, and nothing was really worth having us wait that long. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Rachel Leishman As someone who had their doubts about the movie, Rocketman's unapologetic nature about Elton John is exactly the kind of movie I wanted. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Lesley Coffin The dialogue is the movie's biggest problem. The overwhelming reaction I had immediately after leaving was, "Guy Ritchie thinks his writing is much funnier than it is." EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
3.5/5 Bull (2019) Rachel Leishman Bull is the perfect kind of story to usher in a new understanding of friendship, humanity, and coping. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018) Rachel Leishman We Have Always Lived In The Castle is visually stunning, a fresh look at the Shirley Jackson story, and has a slow-building dread that will stay with you. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine (2018) Kaila Hale-Stern Ultimately this is a valentine to the show, its creative forces, and its fans. You won't want What We Left Behind to end. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 Charlie Says (2018) Rachel Leishman Something about Charlie Says works and provides us with a new and interesting look into Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Susan Atkin. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3.5/5 Tolkien (2019) Kaila Hale-Stern If you already know his life story, you won't be learning anything new here, but your eyes will thank you for the expected journey. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Rachel Leishman We're left with a movie that romanticizes the idea of Ted Bundy and does very little to honor his victims. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 Fast Color (2018) Valerie Complex At the core, this compelling cast of women holds the film together with their empathetic, earnest performances. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Chelsea Steiner Someone Great is a perfect "Girls Night In" film, and one you'll want to revisit again and again. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Never Been Kissed (1999) Chelsea Steiner Never Been Kissed remains one of the best teen movies and romcoms of the '90s, and a true ode to nerdy, overly enthusiastic girls of all ages. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019