Movie Reviews

Movie Review: ‘Blood Wars’ is a stretch, even for series fans

Movie Review: ‘Blood Wars’ is a stretch, even for series fans

The ideal audience for “Underworld: Blood Wars” is sitting cross-legged in the middle of the Fantasy section in a Barnes and Noble, reading a graphic novel adaptation of a Laurell K. Hamilton novel in an “I See Dumb People” T-shirt. They are also very upset that you just stepped on their floor-length pleather duster as […]

Movie Review: ‘Passengers’ bland and weak plot makes this one to see as a last resort

Movie Review: ‘Passengers’ bland and weak plot makes this one to see as a last resort

The screenplay for “Passengers” first appeared on The Black List – an annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays conducted by studio and production company executives – way back in 2007. Throughout those nine years, Keanu Reeves, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel McAdams and Marc Forster – the director of “Quantum of Solace” – have been attached […]

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

In theaters: WHY HIM? — Over the holidays, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend. With Bryan Cranston and James Franco. R, 111 minutes ASSASSIN’S CREED — Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his […]

Movie Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is weirdly and awkwardly enjoyable

Movie Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is weirdly and awkwardly enjoyable

Christmas is a difficult day to get through. There’s a lot of build-up, the fun part is over quicker than expected and the rest of the time is filled with forced small talk, disappointment and awkward silence. But this Christmas was made a little less awkward and disappointing with the release of “Assassin’s Creed,” an […]

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

In theaters: ASSASSIN’S CREED — Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. PG-13, 115 minutes WHY HIM? — Over the holidays, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his […]

Movie Review: ‘Rogue One’ is a stretch in a long series

Movie Review: ‘Rogue One’ is a stretch in a long series

How many times after “The Empire Strikes Back” was a “Star Wars” sequel described as the best film in the series? How long did it take for reality to set in before fans and general audiences finally admitted to themselves that episode whatever wasn’t the life-changing event they declared it to be? I only ask […]

Movie Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’ lacks holiday cheer

Movie Review: ‘Office Christmas Party’ lacks holiday cheer

The main problem behind “Office Christmas Party” is that it’s based on a false premise. In real life, an office Christmas party is something that nobody looks forward to or enjoys. At best, it’s a mandatory pit stop you endure before that other thing – you know, the party you actually wanted to attend – […]

Movie Review: ‘Incarnate’s’ highlights include a devil named Maggie and not much else

Movie Review: ‘Incarnate’s’ highlights include a devil named Maggie and not much else

I wish I was present for the elevator pitch of “Incarnate” because I’m not sure if the concept was pitched to anybody. At least in any traditional sense. I picture a low-level Blumhouse executive making his or her way to work and suddenly being accosted by a man wearing nothing but a filthy Hard Rock […]

Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ falls short of successful Harry Potter series

Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ falls short of successful Harry Potter series

There’s a lot to discuss about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Mostly bad things but some good. But the main thing you should know is that a character actually says, “Wonna youse guys” at one point. Yes, “Wonna youse guys” leaves a character’s mouth and enters our ears where it builds a nest […]

On the big screen: Eddie Redmayne stars in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ opening Nov. 17

On the big screen: Eddie Redmayne stars in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ opening Nov. 17

In theaters: BAD SANTA 2 — Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. R, 92 minutes ALLIED — In 1942 North Africa, intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on […]