‘The Devil All the Time’ Is an Explosive But Laborious Tale of Generational Violence

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“There’s a lot of no good sons of bitches out there,” and The Devil All the Time has many. Based on the novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock – who provides insightful and contemplative narration –  the film begins with a map filling the screen that links

ENOLA HOLMES Review: Slow Build Pays off in surprisingly rewarding ways!

Enola Holmes Review

Enola Holmes, the anticipated film based on The Enola Holmes Mysteries book series from author Nancy Springer, centers the youngest Holmes sibling, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things), on a quest to find their mother, Eudoria (Helena Bohnam Carter, The Crown). On Enola’s 16th birthday, Eudoria disappears, forcing Enola to reunite with her big

DEFINITION PLEASE Review: Sujata Day’s Debut Feature Is A Must See Film!

Definition Please Review

Written, directed, and starring Sujata Day (Insecure), Definition Please follows Day’s Monica Chowdry, 15 years after winning the 2005 Scribbs national spelling bee. Monica stays in her hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to care for her ailing mother, Jaya (Anna Khaja, The Good Place), after the untimely death of her father.

Chemical Hearts Review: Follows Familiar Tropes for Introspective Resonance

“You’re never more alive than when you’re a teenager,” a voice over offers. In the past, teenage angst followed the John Hughes formula: a bevvy of teens with different personalities melding together with explosive results. The teens usually harbored dreams of rebellion against the uptight authority figures domineering over their

Fatal Affair Review: Gives Us Hollywood Royalty Without Unconventional Twists

Fatal Affair

Fatal Affair is the story of a torrid make-out session and an almost sexual encounter turned deadly obsession. A thriller that follows brilliant and successful lawyer Ellie Warren (Nia Long, Love Jones), and her architect husband Marcus (Stephen Bishop, Being Mary Jane), who has just moved from San Francisco to Oceancrest,

The Old Guard Review: A Cookie-Cutter Action Thriller That Is Saved By A Kick-Ass Charlize Theron And Intriguing Mythology

The worst thing to be said about The Old Guard is that it feels like the Marvel shows made for Netflix, in that it feels mostly like it's saving up the good stuff set up for a sequel. The good news is that The Old Guard kicks so much ass

“Miss Juneteenth Authentically Tackles the Complexities, Expectations, and Sacrifices of Black Motherhood”

Miss Juneteenth Review

Written and directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples (Writer, Queen Sugar), Miss Juneteenth debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and I was lucky enough to attend the premiere. From its deeply complex performances to some of the beautifully lit imagery choices and the rich scenes that eloquently depict the struggles

Shirley Review: Elisabeth Moss Fights for Her Spot at the Oscars in a Spellbinding Tribute to Shirley Jackson

Shirley Movie Review

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, and an upcoming adaptation of The Lottery. Over the past few years, Shirley Jackson’s work has been highlighted on film and in an acclaimed Netflix series. The legendary and influential novelist known for her works in the horror

How to Build a Girl Review: Beanie Feldstein Is Exuberant in a Coming-Of-Age Tale That’s Flattened By Its Message

How To Build A Girl Review

Based on the best selling semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Caitlin Moran, director Coky Giedroyc, mostly known for her work in television, brings How to Build a Girl to screen. It’s the story of Johanna Morrigan, a British teenager growing up in 1990s Wolverhampton who reinvents herself as

Beastie Boys Story Documentary Review

Beastie Boys Story

I had the opportunity to watch Apple TV+ new documentary Beastie Boys Story. The documentary covers one of the highest-selling rap bands in the early 90s but most importantly the 40-year friendship between the members of Beastie Boys. Directed by Academy Award winner Spike Jonze, this live documentary voiced by

Sergio Review: Wagner Moura And Ana De Armas Can’t Save This Messy, Shallow Biopic

Sergio review

They really should have stopped making biopics after Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, the 2007 satirical music biopic, pulled back the curtain to reveal and make fun of all the tropes and clichés of the biopic movie. Netflix’s newest movie, Sergio, tries to get ahead of the tropes by

Tigertail Review: Alan Yang Extols the Asian-American Immigrant Story as Rightfully Universal and Poignant

Tigertail Review

Who is this child running across a field? He is Grover or Pin-Jui. He’s a Taiwanese boy living with his grandmother, after his father’s death, while his mother looks for work. And he’s alone. Tigertail, the story of this boy, marks the feature directorial debut for the Master of None

Sundance Review: Nine Days Is Heartfelt In Its Every Beating Minute          

Nine Days Movie Review

Off in the desolate plains lies a simple wooden pitched-roof house. It’s Norman Rockwell warm; it’s a coziness, unlike a John Steinbeck novel. Inside, an imposing Black man with circled-rimmed glasses and suspenders sits. He watches a wall of televisions stacked on top of each other in rows and columns,

The Banker Movie Review: A Timely Yet Necessary Film

The Banker Movie Review

I had the pleasure of attending the Memphis, TN premiere of the Apple TV+ original film The Banker starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long. The film is inspired by the true events of Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie), and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who were

‘My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising’ Encapsulates Everything That Makes The Anime Great, And Everything Bad With Movies Based On Anime Shows [Review]

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My Hero Academia is one of the most popular ongoing anime shows, and it’s easy to see why. The show appeals not only to anime fans, but to superhero fans (of which there are a ton today) by presenting a world where 80% of the world population has superpowers, or

Avengers: Endgame Movie Review: A Satisfying Payoff For Fans And Our Hereos

Avengers: Endgame

The time is finally here for the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's phase 3 with Avengers: Endgame. Be sure to head over to my YouTube channel to check out my thoughts on the film. Movie Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe

Netflix’s Someone Great Provides A Fresh Take On Romantic Comedies

Someone Great

Netflix has just premiered their latest film, Someone Great which is providing a new take on romantic comedies. Be sure to head over to my YouTube channel to check out my thoughts on the film. Movie Synopsis:  Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has just landed her dream job at an iconic

The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie Review

The Girl in the Spider's Web Review

The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story is Fede Alvarez's new movie installment based on Steig Larson's Millenium series.  This film is based on the fourth novel written by David Lagercrantz who took over the series after Larson's sudden death in 2004. Many have claimed the later