Review: No Exit is the Kind of Sleeper We Need

✯✯✯½ My heroes are Dame Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I consider their creations of Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes superheroes of the highest magnitude. I love that Rian Johnson honored their canon by giving us another prime example of the vintage murder mystery. I bleed the basic concept of a crime, a [...]

Review: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Celebrates Nicolas Cage

✯✯✯✯½ One of the most important moments in my cinema going career was seeing Adaptation at the Col. Glenn theater in Little Rock, AR. It was my first trip to that theater. It was my first time to leave the city I lived in with friends to see a movie. And of course, it was [...]

Opinion: Why The King’s Speech Deserves More Love

The Oscars can ruin modest work. Little films like Little Miss Sunshine and Juno feel elevated into larger conversations with their best original screenplay wins which are bad enough. But if one of these films should win the top prize, it's devastating. The Artist was a lovely bit of cotton candy that suddenly had to [...]

Turning Red Review: A Deeply Personal Triumph Deserving a Better Release

✯✯✯✯½ I have incredibly complicated feelings about Disney which is the nicest anyone should feel. They're the most monopolistic corporation in the history of media. They hold back progressive art through this monopoly while feinting towards progressive stances. They bought Fox only to destroy it and withdraw most of their films from the public. They're [...]

The Batman Review: A Classic Take on a Classic Character

✯✯✯✯✯ It's weird to say that the best strength of a blockbuster is that it doesn't do anything new but that's the case with Matt Reeves' The Batman. We've had years of a dark, gritty Batman in works ranging from The Dark Knight trilogy to the animated series. Reeves doesn't do anything more than pick [...]

‘Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Review: DTV film packs a punch

For some reason, DC's DTV animated movies exist in two tiers. There's the A tier which includes their big hyped films like the movies set in their shared universe or that adapt A-list comics or both as the upcoming Batman Hush will. These are given hype at the cons, talked about years in advance, and [...]