‘Beyond The Lights’ moves past melodrama

  Celebrity culture is always a hot topic. People are fascinated by watching the roller coaster ride that is celebrity lifestyle. It is like watching a car wreck. Sometimes it is difficult to look away. “Beyond the Lights” (Rated PG-13; 116 min) ... Continue Reading →

Newest installment of ‘Hunger Games’ fails to impress

The original installment in “The Hunger Games” film series was released in 2012. It jump-started both the career of Jennifer Lawrence and the trend of young adult dystopian novel adaptations. The silver screen became littered with movies like “Divergent,” ... Continue Reading →

‘Birdman: Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’ is a bizarre tour de force

The end of the year is upon us and with that movies of the year lists will come. It was a weird year for cinema. If a film was not unanimously praised, it got mixed reviews and seemed to fall of the face of the earth. While there were not many brilliant ... Continue Reading →

‘Saving Christmas’ gives reason to scrooges

Religious dramas seem to be on the rise. This year alone “God’s Not Dead” and “Mom’s Night Out” have found moderate success. While most of these films can be criticized for being religious propaganda, none are as bad as Kirk Cameron’s latest ... Continue Reading →

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ disappoints after 20-year wait

“Dumb and Dumber” is a popular culture phenomenon. While doing wonderful at the box office, it did very poorly when it came to critical reviews. Yet, since its release in 1994 it has become a cult classic. Age does not matter. Everyone knows the lines. ... Continue Reading →

Pixar soars again with ‘Big Hero Six’

Disney Pixar has one of the best track records for any movie studio with productions like “Up,” “Monsters Inc.” and “The Incredibles.” Even when it stumbles, it’s with class, making it seem like it never stumbled at all. “Big Hero ... Continue Reading →

‘Interstellar’ goes beyond final frontier

Stars: 4.5 out of 5 Space. It is vast and infinite. The beauty and mystery that surround it have left humanity fascinated. While space travel has found itself in a standstill as of late, humans still express their curiosity through the realm of fiction. ... Continue Reading →

’23 Blasts’ misses wide right

There are films that seem to come out of nowhere. For some reason, they are not promoted and are put into theaters with no build up. Sometimes that adds a mysterious quality to the movie. But for the most part, it is because the studio did not want ... Continue Reading →

‘Nightcrawler’ a tense thrill ride

Film can sometimes be a roller coaster of sorts. Sometimes you strap in thinking you know where the ride will take you but get off dazed and confused. The entirety of the ride is a mystery, the only clear factor is that the ride made an impact. “Nightcrawler” ... Continue Reading →

“John Wick” is an incredible surprise

Never count a movie out. Even with the odds stacked against it, a film can hit you with a left hook leaving you stunned. “John Wick” (Rated R; 101 min) is not to be underestimated. “John Wick” is an action film directed by David Leitch and Chad ... Continue Reading →

“Ouija” gives generic horror movies a bad name

It is never good to judge a book by its cover, even in the film industry. A movie that looks god-awful can always be a nice surprise and vice versa. When the book cover involves Michael Bay’s horror company Platinum Dunes and the board game Ouija, ... Continue Reading →

Murray leads in the average ‘St. Vincent’

Bill Murray is proof of the impossible. Once known for his classic comedic performances in films like “Ghostbusters” and “Caddyshack,” Murray is now a staple of the indie genre. He has evolved within the movie industry, and has crossed genre ... Continue Reading →

‘Best of Me’ is better than expected

Films based on books by Nicholas Sparks usually have the same effect on us. It is going to get emotional. Tears are probably going to be shed and fires will spark between partners. But, just because they tug on our heartstrings does not mean they are ... Continue Reading →

‘Fury’ is innovative and compelling

World War II is a widely overused staple of the war film genre. Hollywood has had its struggles finding new angles to show an important part of human history. “Fury” (Rated R; 134 min) finds a unique way to tell the story of the second World War. “Fury” ... Continue Reading →

‘Fury’ is innovative and compelling

World War II is a widely overused staple of the war genre in film. Hollywood has had its struggles finding new angles to show an important part of human history. “Fury” (Rated R; 134 min) finds a unique way to tell the story of the second World War. “Fury” ... Continue Reading →
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