Great Direction, But Not Perfect | "The Mandalorian" Season 1 Disney Plus Show Review

My girlfriend and I caved and got Disney Plus. For a week, through its free trial. After the initial novelty of being able to see all the Star Wars films in the same spot, as well as all the classic Disney Channel shows wore off, I watched “The Mandalorian” and a few episodes of “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and then we cancelled the … Continue reading Great Direction, But Not Perfect | "The Mandalorian" Season 1 Disney Plus Show Review

Ranking All 9 Star Wars Episodes | Column from the Critic

Whether you loved it or hated it, “The Rise of Skywalker” might be impactful as “The Empire Strikes Back,” “The Phantom Menace,” or even the original “Star Wars.” One story, stretching nine movies and five decades, has come to an end. And with that, I decided to look back at how I rank the Skywalker Saga. Now for this list, I’m only going to be … Continue reading Ranking All 9 Star Wars Episodes | Column from the Critic

5 Ways to Improve the Star Wars Franchise | Column from the Editor

“The Rise of Skywalker” has come and gone, and with it, the book closes on the nine episode Skywalker saga of Star Wars movies, broadly shaping the franchise for better or for worse. Meanwhile, Electronic Arts has finally released a single-player Star Wars game in “Jedi: Fallen Order”, and Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have sparked new life on the small screen that promises that … Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve the Star Wars Franchise | Column from the Editor

**Spoilers** 5 Ways 'The Rise of Skywalker' Could Be Improved | Column from the Editor

With “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” out for over a week and greeted by mixed reviews and a predictably healthy box office haul, it’s left many fans irked by its creative choices, myself included, which I’ve detailed in my official review of the film, as well as my list of ten mistakes Disney made in the film.  However, I’m not going to complain about … Continue reading **Spoilers** 5 Ways 'The Rise of Skywalker' Could Be Improved | Column from the Editor

Not Another Happy Landing | 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Movie Review

There’s a lot packed into “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, so much so that I didn’t feel comfortable giving my usual week one hot take on it; thus my review for it comes out now. I grew up with the prequel trilogy, so Star Wars was all around me. Some might call it the golden age of Star Wars, as while Episodes I through … Continue reading Not Another Happy Landing | 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Movie Review

**Spoilers** 10 Mistakes Disney Made With 'The Rise of Skywalker'  | Column from the Editor

“Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” is out, and man, do I have mixed feelings about it, and it’s going to take a few days to process what I saw before I’m ready to write my full review on it.  Seriously, this film is at least three films crammed into one. In the meantime, here are 10 mistakes I felt Disney made when … Continue reading **Spoilers** 10 Mistakes Disney Made With 'The Rise of Skywalker'  | Column from the Editor

A (Mostly) Accurate Thanksgiving Movie | 'Knives Out' Movie Review

Before I begin this review for “Knives Out”: story time. Originally, I wanted to get this review out around Thanksgiving. But work and family got in the way. I was disappointed to delay it because a murder mystery set around an eccentric family seemed timely for the holiday season. Lo and behold, I was right. Following the death of acclaimed mystery novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher … Continue reading A (Mostly) Accurate Thanksgiving Movie | 'Knives Out' Movie Review

Falling From Heaven: Why ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (2019) is Bombing at the Box Office | Column from the Critic

Recently, I covered the latest “Charlie’s Angels” foray on the silver screen. In short, I thought it was a fun action movie with a solid cast and compelling action sequences. However, the movie has been struggling; with a 58% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and it has barely made half its budget so far. In response, writer-director Elizabeth Banks responded to the movie’s shortcomings: “You’ve … Continue reading Falling From Heaven: Why ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (2019) is Bombing at the Box Office | Column from the Critic