Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review: A Classical Epic Powered By A Bold Vision And Heart

Zack Snyder's Justice League Review

In a world where studio-driven blockbusters are the norm, Zack Snyder’s work in the DC Extended Universe was quite the anomaly. With a signature style that has drawn much controversy since his work on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, ardent supporters and detractors were at each other's throats

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Fails to Capture the Soul of a Legend

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Lee Daniels chooses to open his biopic on Billie Holiday’s life provocatively – with an image of grotesque violence and inhumanity. A lynching. A horrifying act of hatred that Holiday lyricized in the song “Strange Fruit.” In 1937, the year where a bill to ban the lynching of African Americans

Promising Young Woman Review: Emerald Fennell’s Debut Feature Veers From the Sweet Tale of Revenge It Promises

Promising Young Woman Review

In Charles Laughton’s, The Night of the Hunter, the film’s misogynistic serial killer protagonist, Rev. Harry Powell, says, “Not that you mind the killings. Your book is full of killings. But there are things you do hate, Lord. Perfume-smelling things. Lacy things. Things with curly hair.” Writer-director Emerald Fennell perfectly

Wolfwalkers Review: The Best And Most Beautiful Animated Movie Of The Year

Wolfwalkers Review

The search for the next Studio Ghibli is neverending. Though the answer is not one you can pinpoint easily, the latest film from the acclaimed Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Wolfwalkers, feels like a strong contender. Taking visual cues from The Tale of Princess Kaguya and with a narrative that feels

Safety Review: A Heartwarming Tale of Brotherly Love

Safety Movie Review

Ray Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves) believes he’s made it. And who can blame him? He’s a red-shirt freshman playing safety for the Clemson Tigers football team. He has a dorm, is acing his classes, and is standing out in practice. But his dream comes under threat when his mother is

Black Bear Review: A Hilariously Chaotic, Gripping, Shocking, and Emotional Story of Artist and Muse

Black Bear Review

The sound of water moving to the gentle kiss of wind normally signals tranquillity. Our favorite lake, favorite beach, the place we want to run to for respite. But in an introduction with a score resembling Tibetan meditation music rising to create something much more piercing, and Aubrey Plaza’s blank

Mank Review: A Gorgeous Movie About Legacy And Failure That’s Devoid Of Emotion

Mank Netflix Review

David Fincher's Mank is brilliantly summarized by its titular character when he says "You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave an impression of one." Sadly, the impression Netflix's Oscar-hopeful leaves is not a very lasting one, but a surface-level, distant

Happiest Season Review: Director Clea DuVall Makes History and the Yuletide Gay With the Best Rom-Com of the Year

Happiest Season Review

The yuletide has never been gayer. The release of Happiest Season is a big moment for the closeted lovers of women out there who get stuck watching Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas with their mom every year where each film is either about a regular girl falling in love with a

Run Review: Aneesh Chaganty’s New Thriller Sets the Standard for Disability Representation in Film

Run Movie Review

In 2016, a Buzzfeed News article titled, “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom Murdered,” was being obsessively read by everyone I knew. I couldn’t find anyone on Facebook who wasn’t sharing it; I couldn’t find anyone on Twitter who wasn’t tweeting about it. It’s

The Witches Review: The Robert Zemeckis Re-Imagining Is a Hot, Camp Mess

The Witches 2020

When Roald Dahl saw the film adaptation of his novel, The Witches, in 1990, he called it “utterly appalling.” With a roster of world-class artists like director Robert Zemeckis taking a crack at adapting the classic work to film alongside Guillermo del Toro and Black-ish writer Kenya Barris, also with

FAREWELL AMOR Review: A Family Drama That Comes Full Circle!

Farewell Amor Review

Farewell Amor takes a delicate look at an immigrant family that is reunited after being separated for 17 years and find themselves forever changed. Written and directed by Ekwa Msangi (Dollar Van), I screened it at the 2020 Urbanworld Film Festival. Farewell Amor is a story broken down into the three perspectives of our main

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

devil all the time

“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