Movie Reviews

Movie Review: ‘Resident Evil’ should stick to gaming consoles

Movie Review: ‘Resident Evil’ should stick to gaming consoles

What’s the difference between the “Underworld” series and the “Resident Evil” franchise? Apart from the fact that “Resident Evil’s” audience seems to be made up of those whose contact with women mostly amounts to tweeting death threats to Anita Sarkeesian, not much. Both revolve around a one-dimensional, pleather-clad, ass-kicking protagonist fighting monsters in a world […]

Movie Review: ‘Split’ brings Shyamalan out of film-making funk

Movie Review: ‘Split’ brings Shyamalan out of film-making funk

Don’t call it a comeback. M. Night Shyamalan has been making terrible movies for years. Expectations for a Shyamalan movie are so low that the director is applauded simply for making a film that isn’t as navel-gazing and pretentious as “Lady in the Water” or as incoherent and dull as “The Last Airbender.” Although hailed […]

Movie Review: Save your money for spring instead of seeing ‘The Bye Bye Man’

Movie Review: Save your money for spring instead of seeing ‘The Bye Bye Man’

The problem with January’s film slate isn’t that almost every scheduled release is bad, it’s that almost every film released in January isn’t good. By that I mean the quality of nearly every movie exists within some nebulous twilight between bad and mediocre. The only reaction to a January movie once the closing credits start […]

Movie Review: ‘Blood Wars’ is a stretch, even for series fans

Movie Review: ‘Blood Wars’ is a stretch, even for series fans

The ideal audience for “Underworld: Blood Wars” is sitting cross-legged in the middle of the Fantasy section in a Barnes and Noble, reading a graphic novel adaptation of a Laurell K. Hamilton novel in an “I See Dumb People” T-shirt. They are also very upset that you just stepped on their floor-length pleather duster as […]

Movie Review: ‘Passengers’ bland and weak plot makes this one to see as a last resort

Movie Review: ‘Passengers’ bland and weak plot makes this one to see as a last resort

The screenplay for “Passengers” first appeared on The Black List – an annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays conducted by studio and production company executives – way back in 2007. Throughout those nine years, Keanu Reeves, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel McAdams and Marc Forster – the director of “Quantum of Solace” – have been attached […]

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

In theaters: WHY HIM? — Over the holidays, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend. With Bryan Cranston and James Franco. R, 111 minutes ASSASSIN’S CREED — Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his […]

Movie Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is weirdly and awkwardly enjoyable

Movie Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is weirdly and awkwardly enjoyable

Christmas is a difficult day to get through. There’s a lot of build-up, the fun part is over quicker than expected and the rest of the time is filled with forced small talk, disappointment and awkward silence. But this Christmas was made a little less awkward and disappointing with the release of “Assassin’s Creed,” an […]

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

In theaters: ASSASSIN’S CREED — Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. PG-13, 115 minutes WHY HIM? — Over the holidays, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his […]

Movie Review: ‘Rogue One’ is a stretch in a long series

Movie Review: ‘Rogue One’ is a stretch in a long series

How many times after “The Empire Strikes Back” was a “Star Wars” sequel described as the best film in the series? How long did it take for reality to set in before fans and general audiences finally admitted to themselves that episode whatever wasn’t the life-changing event they declared it to be? I only ask […]

Movie Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’ lacks holiday cheer

Movie Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’ lacks holiday cheer

The main problem behind “Office Christmas Party” is that it’s based on a false premise. In real life, an office Christmas party is something that nobody looks forward to or enjoys. At best, it’s a mandatory pit stop you endure before that other thing – you know, the party you actually wanted to attend – […]