Category Archives: Review

Everybody Wants Some!! Review (2016)

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A shabby two-story home stands in the middle of a suburban Texas street. Step inside and you’ll find stained wallpaper, mismatched furniture that somebody probably found with a “FOR FREE” sign on it, and a ceiling that looks as if it could collapse at a moment’s notice. Empty cans of Lonestar and miscellaneous longneck bottles litter the living room, the porch, the lawn, the roof, the bathroom. Beautiful college girls in short shorts they wore the night before descend the porch steps and walk back to their dorms. Inside, the bros share stories of their sexual conquests and get ready to do the same thing again later that night.

No, I’m not describing the setting of another Van Wilder movie. This is Richard Linklater’s latest film Everybody Wants Some!!, yet another incredible success from one of the most gifted filmmakers of our generation. Continue reading

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Crimson Peak Review (2015)

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With Crimson Peak, Guillermo Del Toro has proven (to me, anyway) that when it comes to making horror movies, his wheelhouse is small. Don’t get me wrong; he makes very, very pretty movies. But they’re ultimately shallow affairs once you figure out what makes him tick as a filmmaker. His movies have become predictable. Ghosts, dark places, insects, sparse (but brutal) violence. Crimson Peak? Check, check, check, and check. There’s a lot to like, but some major issues drag down the experience as a whole. Continue reading

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Sicario Review (2015)

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Sicario is far from being just another crime film. The movie delivers thrills with devastating precision, but it’s not satisfied with just being entertaining. It’s thought-provoking and evocative to an extent I haven’t seen from a film of this nature in quite awhile. Two straight hours of dread-filled anxiety later, I can safely say Sicario is one of the year’s very best. Continue reading

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Goodnight Mommy Review (2015)

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Goodnight Mommy (German title Ich seh Ich seh, which translates to “I See I See”) feels like if Michael Haneke set out to emulate early Roman Polanski films. There’s something cold and calculated about the way the movie plays out, both on a visual and narrative level, but it’s an entirely human story. And that’s part of what makes it so freaking disturbing. Realistic, violent and detached, it plays out like a home invasion movie, but where any character could be the intruder in their own home. Continue reading

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Inside Out Review (2015)

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Pixar has created something truly special with Inside Out, the studio’s latest feature film and 15th in 20 years. For awhile there, it seemed as if their best work was behind them. But I could not be happier to say that is definitely not the case. Their most wildly original idea to date, it’s not just a great Pixar film. It’s one of the very best animated movies ever made. Continue reading

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Pitch Perfect 2 Review (2015)

pitchperfectposterThe pitches are back, and things are….well, pretty much the same as before.  Fat Amy is still fat, Beca acts like she’s too cool for school, and Lilly drops non sequiturs that make everybody uncomfortable.  This derivative sequel hits the same notes as the first film, but with more (sex/race)ism and less interesting musical arrangements. It’s, shall we say, a ca-uninspired. Continue reading

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