Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle’ Is A Fun Ride

It’s very difficult to to separate Jumanji with the late Robin Williams. Naturally, in order to draw new interest into this sequel, casting the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a no-brainer. Going into the film, a common expectation will be how does this Jumanji compare to the 1995 version. Jumanji … [Read More]

Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is The Best Star Wars Movie By Default

Star Wars The Last Jedi came in with some really high expectations. Star Wars The Force Awakens evoked a lot of questions and the Last Jedi trailer stirred up even more questions.  As a matter of fact, we came up with the top 5 burning questions for Star Wars The … [Read More]

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water Closes the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

The closing film for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival was Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which seems destined for many Academy Award nominations this season. It also served as an opportunity to pay tribute to Michael Shannon, one of the actors in The Shape of Water, who … [Read More]

❤ Chick Flick Friday Review: Pitch Perfect ❤

  Director: Jason Moore Written by: Kay Cannon (screenplay), Mickey Rapkin (book) Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson Genre: Comedy, Music MPAA: PG-13 Synopsis: Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their … [Read More]

I really really liked Justice League. Here’s Why.

I really enjoyed Justice League. I, unfortunately, could not avoid all of the negative reaction to the film online which tempered my expectations but I walked into this movie with High hopes. Based off of where we last saw our heroes there literally was no other place to go but … [Read More]

❤ Chick Flick Friday – Review: Magic Mike ❤

Director: Steven Soderbergh Written by: Reid Carolin (screenplay) Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, and Matthew McConaughey Genre: Comedy, Drama MPAA: R Synopsis: A male stripper introduces a younger man to the life of male stripping while trying to achieve personal success.     Ladies (and Gentlemen) Chick Flick Friday is … [Read More]

❤ Chick Flick Friday – Review: The Lucky One ❤

Director: Scott Hicks Written by: Will Fetters (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel) Starring: Zac Effron, Taylor Schilling, and Blythe Danner Synopsis: After serving in Iraq, a Marine searches for an unknown woman who he believes was his good luck charm during the war. In life there are sacrifices. Friday nights are … [Read More]

❤ Chick Flick Friday Review: ‘Hope Springs’ ❤

  Director: David Frankel Written by: Vanessa Taylor Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell Genre: Comedy, Drama MPAA: PG-13 Synopsis: After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.     Welcome to another edition of The Movie … [Read More]

Filmonik Melbourne: Long night of the short films

David Black chats about indie short film nights While the big, classy movie mags tend to concentrate on all the glitz and glamour of prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Raindance and MIFF, the true heart of the industry lies with the myriad of much smaller short movie nights that are … [Read More]

Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Director: Drew Goddard Written by: Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford MPAA Rating: R Introduction: The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 horror film co-written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. It is also the directorial debut … [Read More]