Review: Thor Ragnarok Is The Thor We’ve Been Waiting For

Thor Ragnarok is the third (and final?) installment for Thor in this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor has found himself imprisoned in a gladiatorial contest against his friend from work, The Hulk. He must fight and race against time to prevent the villain named Hela from destroying his … [Read More]

Review: Suburbicon Could’ve Been The White Version Of “Get Out”

Suburbicon, at first glance, seemed like a 1950’s version of Michael Douglass’  film Falling Down (1993). However, Matt Damon sparked a bit more intrigued when he spoke about Suburbicon in an interview. “It’s kind of the definition of white privilege when you’re riding around your neighborhood on a bicycle covered in blood … [Read More]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Is Original and Bad-Ass

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is written and directed by Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”) and if that doesn’t get your attention, a cast that includes Frances McDormand (“Fargo”), Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, and John Hawkes, just for openers will. McDormand commands attention in every scene in … [Read More]

Thoroughbreds Features Anton Yelchin in One of His Last Films

Thoroughbreds written and directed by Corey Finley, was a Sundance sensation and it was my favorite film on Sunday, October 15th at the Chicago International Film Festival. (Thoroughbreds does not officially open until March). The script for Thoroughbreds is very funny in a wry, darkly comic way, even though, as its … [Read More]

“The Square” Delivers Thought-Provoking Message with Dark Humor

The Square The Square won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Last year, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s film about an avalanche and family dynamics, “Force Majeure,” was one of the most interesting at the Chicago International Film Festival. Still, a Cannes darling is not always mine. … [Read More]

“Walking Out”: Count me in.

The just-released “Walking Out” had me from the get-go.  Having lived my entire life west of the Mississippi to varying degrees, I have a powerful appreciation and respect for the independent spirit of the region’s people together with the indigenous wonder of the land.  From its opening frame this is … [Read More]

Review: “Marshall” Couldn’t Even Go Full Marshall

Thurgood Marshall was one of the most influential individuals to make a lasting impact in American history. Because of his contributions we have seen sweeping changes in the laws of the United States in regards to Civil Rights. They even nicknamed him “Mr. Civil Rights”. Coincidentally, Chadwick Boseman (aka “Mr. … [Read More]

Review: The Mountain Between Us Pulls A Fast One Us

The Mountain Between Us may leave some audiences confused depending on their expectations for the film. It was curious, though how the trailers portrayed the movie to be one way, and the film ended up being completely different. Full disclosure: this film is based on the novel (of the same … [Read More]

Review: Blade Runner 2049 Can’t Outrun Its Own Legacy

Blade Runner (1982) became a hit just two years after Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back released. As a result, there was certainly a desire to continue the sci-fi demand that was established. In addition to being visually stunning for its time, Blade Runner (1982) also left in its path a controversial … [Read More]

NYFF: Agnes Varda and JR’s Terrific New Documentary Faces Places

Faces Places co-directed by the prolific and legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda, and the unknown street photographer known as JR, is my favorite film of the 20 or so I’ve seen at the New York Film Festival so far. It’s hard to believe there will be one that will top it. She … [Read More]