If there is one fictional family that has stood the test of time, it would be the Addams Family. The New Yorker comic strip by Charles Addams has branched out to different mediums since the first publication in 1938, from the beloved 1964 TV show, cartoon adaptations, a musical and two beloved theatrical films in the 1990s. 26 years later, the creepy, kooky family has … Continue reading When You’re an Addams | ‘The Addams Family’ (2019) Movie Review
Eddie Murphy has been unforgivably absent this decade on screen. Thankfully, Netflix’s latest hit, “Dolemite Is My Name”, makes up for all we missed, and then some. “Dolemite Is My Name” is a comedic biopic on the life of real life comedy legend and rap pioneer Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy), who became a Blaxploitation cinematic phenomenon in the 70s and 80s as his alter ego, Dolemite. Moore’s story … Continue reading One of the Best Films of the Year | ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Netflix Movie Review
“Zombieland” hit the theaters over ten years ago, and its sequel released recently. The film was an absolute cult classic, and had the full package for a phenomenal movie. Naturally, sequels scarcely ever outperform their predecessors, but how close did “Zombieland: Double Tap” come to doing that?
Zombieland 2 takes place ten years after the first film, with the group living in the abandoned White House. Two characters from the first film, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) run off to go their separate ways, but when a new, durable type of super zombie (nicknamed the T-800) surfaces, the remainders must chase after them to save them.
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Rotten Tomatoes has gotten it wrong before, such is the nature of a review aggregate site, which mashes populist and academic film critic scores into one unsightly Frankenstein metric. But I can’t remember them getting a score this wrong. Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas star in Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, which Netflix picked up, titled “The Laundromat,” covering diverse fictionalized plot threads centering … Continue reading Rotten Tomatoes Got it Wrong Again | ‘The Laundromat’ Netflix Film Review
Pretty regularly, Netflix will attach a big name celebrity to something exclusive and weird, like Jonah Hill and Emma Stone’s limited series, “Maniac” and Meryl Streep’s dramady “The Landromat.” While Netflix remains to be a place underappreciated actors like Natasha Lyonne of “Russian Doll” fame can break out into prominence, it’s also been able to attract high caliber A-listers like Chris Pine, Chris Evans and … Continue reading Living With Missed Opportunities | ‘Living With Yourself’ Netflix Series Review
There are two projects that came out this month in theaters made by alumni from “The Hangover” trilogy. The first was Todd Phillip’s “Joker,” which has already been covered on the site. And then there’s this gem from writers Scott Moore and Jon Lucas, who also have directing credits with this film. Adam Devine plays Phil, an aspiring journalist who is obsessed with social media. … Continue reading Jexi’s Midnight Runners | ‘Jexi’ Review
I have a great amount of respect for Director Ang Lee. His films don’t always work, but they are always visually interesting and memorable. His latest film and most-recent-film-Will-Smith-will scrub-from-his-resume, “Gemini Man” is like many other Lee films in the regard that it has a bizarre premise (Will Smith, who is a secret agent for the Defense Intelligence Agency, has to fight a younger clone … Continue reading It’s Rewind Time | ‘Gemini Man’ Review
Put on a happy face, because the Joker is back, and better than ever! I was skeptical about this year’s standalone “Joker” film, especially after the absolute mess Warner Bros.’s micromanagement made of the DC Extended Universe through “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” the last of which features perhaps the worst live action joker of all time. My initial reaction to the “Joker” … Continue reading Life’s a Joke | ‘Joker’ Review
Bo Burnham’s directorial debut is certainty a memorable one, as his opening film, “Eighth Grade,” which is a coming of age tale about an eighth grader transitioning to high school, has racked up accolades and reignited the genre of adolescent dramadies at the box office. Burnham is most renown for his comedic stand up, where he talks about in great lengths about his anxiety, which inspired him to … Continue reading Puberty in the Smartphone Era is a Living Hell | ‘Eighth Grade’ Review
Brad Pitt goes to space and meets his space dad, who has been missing for decades. That’s basically James Gray’s “Ad Astra” in a nutshell. In the near future, Major Roy McBride (Pitt), son of pioneering astronaut H. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), is tasked with a mission by U.S. Space Command (the branch of the military that operates in space) to make contact with his father, who … Continue reading Brad Pitt Meets his Space Dad | ‘Ad Astra’ Review