Movie Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ flawed but visually worth the watch

Movie Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ flawed but visually worth the watch

It’s amazing that a live action “Ghost in the Shell” movie was made considering that a large part of its target audience would always react to its mere existence as if it were an act of war. Of course, some of their complaints were valid. “Ghost in the Shell” should have starred an Asian actress […]

Movie Review: ‘The Belko Experiment” misses opportunities to build story

Movie Review: ‘The Belko Experiment” misses opportunities to build story

While watching “The Belko Experiment,” one question kept running through my mind, “Who would work for Belko Industries?” More specifically, how did their human resources department manage to trick 80 Americans into working for Belko Industries?” It had to come up at some point during the interview that any potential candidate would be forced to […]

Movie Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fails to reimagine 1991 hit

Movie Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fails to reimagine 1991 hit

Why does Emma Watson always look so deeply uncomfortable? On screen and off. Just watching her navigate through life summons up a mixture of fatigue and general anxiety. Not just because she approaches everything with an annoyed distance but also because she seems to carry the constant irritation of someone who has yards of fiberglass […]

Movie Review: Humans interfere with monster movie ‘Kong’

Movie Review: Humans interfere with monster movie ‘Kong’

“Hey, where are you going, there’s more King Kong,” pleaded a man in a satin Cubs jacket who kept mumbling to himself during the “Kong: Skull Island” screening I attended Friday. “Why? Does Godzilla show up after the credits or something?” “No, the man outside told me to stay and watch. They talk about Kong […]

Movie Review: ‘Logan’ ends Wolverine series on high note

Movie Review: ‘Logan’ ends Wolverine series on high note

Even before it was released, “Logan” received the kind of effusive “La La Land”-like praise that is hard to take seriously and actively annoying. According to early reviews, “Logan” was the best film in the Wolverine series, which is faint praise for anyone who’s ever sat through “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” or “The Wolverine.” It doesn’t […]

Movie Review: ‘Fist Fight’ full of awkward comedy

Movie Review: ‘Fist Fight’ full of awkward comedy

“Fist Fight” really wants to be a youthful, raunchy comedy in the worst way possible; if you’re not paying attention it kind of resembles one. At one point a little girl performs Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck with You” at a talent show. At another point, a guidance counselor casually discusses her attempts to bone […]

Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ has lots of high points

Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ has lots of high points

Every time a new actor is cast in the role of Batman, the nerds of the world march toward their computers and, with a sense of entitled rage, abuse the caps lock button on their keyboards until their brittle, pudgy fingers are reduced to Cheetos-stained nubs. As empty gestures go, complaining about the casting choices […]

Movie Review: ‘Rings’ a feeble attempt at scary sequel

Movie Review: ‘Rings’ a feeble attempt at scary sequel

Last summer theaters across Japan were graced with one of the most promising franchise crossovers in recent film history. Entitled “Sadako v Kayako,” the horror movie pitted the hitch-stepped girl in the well from the original version of “The Ring” against the ghostly mother-and-son duo from “The Grudge.” Boasting such instantly iconic imagery as Kayako […]

Movie Review: ‘Resident Evil’ should stick to gaming consoles

Movie Review: ‘Resident Evil’ should stick to gaming consoles

What’s the difference between the “Underworld” series and the “Resident Evil” franchise? Apart from the fact that “Resident Evil’s” audience seems to be made up of those whose contact with women mostly amounts to tweeting death threats to Anita Sarkeesian, not much. Both revolve around a one-dimensional, pleather-clad, ass-kicking protagonist fighting monsters in a world […]

Movie Review: ‘Split’ brings Shyamalan out of film-making funk

Movie Review: ‘Split’ brings Shyamalan out of film-making funk

Don’t call it a comeback. M. Night Shyamalan has been making terrible movies for years. Expectations for a Shyamalan movie are so low that the director is applauded simply for making a film that isn’t as navel-gazing and pretentious as “Lady in the Water” or as incoherent and dull as “The Last Airbender.” Although hailed […]

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