Familiar comedy and a family dynamic surround a fun Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Crank up your Sony Walkmans, folks — it’s time for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We last saw our uncanny gang of heroes eager for their next adventure and, three years later, we jump right into their fight to protect batteries from an interdimensional space monster. No, the film quite literally throws the audience into… Read More Familiar comedy and a family dynamic surround a fun Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Beauty and the Beast fails to capture charm of age-old tale

As the lights dimmed and the film began, a bit of me thought, “Hey, maybe there will be some charm to this live-action adaptation.” I was on the fence with Disney’s newest take on Beauty and the Beast, a childhood-defining film that many, like me, embraced at a young age. Unfortunately, director Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn… Read More Beauty and the Beast fails to capture charm of age-old tale

Kong: Skull Island is fun, epic in scale, but not without its issues

Anti-war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) utters the words, “We don’t belong here,” upon understanding the sheer scale of what they’re about to get into on Skull Island. Luckily for moviegoers, Kong: Skull Island belongs in audiences’ hearts as a fun, light-hearted, comical take on King Kong himself. The film opens in the South Pacific… Read More Kong: Skull Island is fun, epic in scale, but not without its issues

Logan is a touching farewell to Marvel’s most iconic character

For the longest time Logan has been marketing itself as a different kind of superhero movie. Sure, it boasts an R-rating, a trailer set to Johnny Cash’s haunting rendition of “Hurt” and a bleak aesthetic set in a grim future where mutant-kind is all but extinct. However, a part of me still thought of it… Read More Logan is a touching farewell to Marvel’s most iconic character

Get Out combines social issues, horror in Peele’s fun debut

What is Get Out? Is Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut a straight-up horror film? Could it be more slapstick, seeing as Peele is well-versed in comedy (Key & Peele)? Well, luckily for moviegoers, Get Out is both a horror film with a sprinkle of comedy, and it succeeds in its mixture. The film begins by creating a feeling of uneasiness and,… Read More Get Out combines social issues, horror in Peele’s fun debut

Fist Fight exemplifies lazy comedy, unfunny jokes for almost 2 hours

Nothing about Fist Fight indicated a smart comedy, but at least it headlines a well-known comedic actor in Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and O’Shea Jackson — “Ice Cube” — who’s benefitted from his surprisingly funny roles in both Jump Street films. This could be somewhat decent as a turn-your-brain-off-and-watch comedy, right? Boy, how I was wrong … Fist… Read More Fist Fight exemplifies lazy comedy, unfunny jokes for almost 2 hours

LEGO Batman Movie begins, ends well, but fails in the middle

After the opening credits begin to roll, The LEGO Batman Movie’s fun nature begins to flourish. Hilarious commentary is provided by Batman himself (Will Arnett) over the opening credits and production/company logos. The movie begins with a showcase of its best form: Funny call-backs to previous Batman films/TV shows, sarcasm and witty humor that appeals to kids and adults. LEGO Batman stars plenty of… Read More LEGO Batman Movie begins, ends well, but fails in the middle