Movie reviews

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Review: A Gorgeous Return to Pandora

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ is a huge gamble. One might think that the sequel to the most successful film of all time would have no trouble matching that success, but with a $400 million budget BEFORE marketing, and a…

Strange World Review: A Solid Yet Uninspired Disney Animated Romp

It’s certainly “strange” that Strange World’s marketing seems to be incredibly minimal; after all, it features a gay main character, which Disney would normally be trumpeting from the treetops. This lack of marketing concerned many. Was the studio really trying…

The Woman King Review: Viola Davis brings her all in an almost-perfect action movie | TIFF 2022

“The Woman King” is not a typical TIFF premiere. That’s not to say that it doesn’t fit in, but pure action flicks usually don’t launch alongside films by Darren Aronofsky and Sarah Polley. That’s why it’s so surprising that this…

Pinocchio Review: Yet Another Soulless Disney Live-Action Remake

Call me crazy, but is there any reason that the tale of Pinocchio should be used as a parable by parents when teaching their kids about lying? I’ve always thought that the whole fable was a bit odd and the…

Barbarian Review: Can I Cancel that Airbnb?

I don’t like trailers — I just don’t. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the beauty of a well-cut trailer, but I avoid them like the plague when I can because they often give away too much. At least we’re…

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. Review: Adamma Ebo’s Parable Can’t Feed Five Thousand

Once upon a time, I was sitting at my (then) school’s mandatory Wednesday night chapel service. Technically speaking, you could skip these services, but not without some classic “Christian guilt”; the same guilt that Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul….

Breaking Review: John Boyega Gives a Stellar Performance in Modern Day Dog Day Afternoon

After having his character thrown to the side and become a complete afterthought in the sequel Star Wars trilogy, it’s nice to see John Boyega step into the independent film scene with stellar roles in one of Steve McQueen’s Small…

Spin Me Round Review: A Mama Mia!-Size Ensemble Breathes Life Into New Summer Comedy

Sure, you could head to your local theater and see Idris Elba tackle a lion or Brad Pitt fight Bad Bunny, or you can venture out to see a movie that is funny, a bit cheesy and just the right…

Beast Review: Wild As A Beast.

Beast follows Dr. Nate Samuels (Idris Elba) and his 2 daughters, Norah Samuels (Leah Jeffries) and Meredith Samuels (Iyana Halley) having a family trip to Africa, until they go on safari with their uncle Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley) and are…

The Princess Review: An Honest Look at the Tragic Life of England’s Rose

There’s a reason that I prefer documentaries over biopics about iconic figures. Do you really want a Hollywood version of The Beatles or U2’s story? Think before you answer. And while some can pull off a fictionalized story within an…