Joker is a cautionary tale for us all

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in 2019

Critics Score: 69% Audience Score: 88%, IMDb: 8.7 Is a great movie one that is universally liked or one that is highly polarizing, spawning various opinions and critiques? It could be one or the other, but most people would easily deride a film that doesn’t form a consensus, one like Joker that creates a mixed […]

Jon Hamm in Bad Times at the El Royale: the most crucial supporting character

Jon Hamm in Bad Times at the El Royale

Star Wars without Obi-Wan. The Matrix without Morpheus. Supporting characters are the true unsung heroes of most films throughout the decades, driving the plot forward while facilitating the character development of the leads. There are some movies, however, where the significance of a role might go unnoticed, especially when it comes to films with large […]

Elizabeth Harvest Review: When You Love Too Much

abby lee and ciaran hinds in elizabeth harvest

Tomatometer: 46% Audience Score: 33% IMDb: 5.8  There are some points to get out of the way before digging into Elizabeth Harvest. More people need to watch independent films such as this one because the end product isn’t heavily influenced by commercial interests. I’m not entirely confident what the movie’s trying to convey, but it […]

Marrowbone Movie Review – Haunted by the Past

george mackay in marrowbone

Tomatometer: 46% Audience Score: 58% IMDb: 6.6  To compare Marrowbone to other films would be to give away its twisted final act. If it were the first of its kind, it would be critically lauded for contorting your psyche and leaving you sick in the stomach. But it isn’t novel because predecessors have melded fantasy […]

Traffik Movie Review: Bad Decisions Lead to Bad Outcomes

traffik with paula patton and omar epps

Tomatometer: 25% Audience Score: 51% IMDb: 6.1  How many bad decisions need to be made, both accidental and intentional, for you to get caught in a human trafficking operation? Quite a lot actually, and you might need the help of your friends to get there. Traffik is a slow-cooking thriller that delivers minimal thrills, maintaining […]

Breaking In Review: Home Alone Vibes

Gabrielle Union in Breaking In

Tomatometer: 27% Audience Score: 32% IMDb: 5.2  Perhaps movies need a new barometer for success these days. While Breaking In was hardly a critical or audience darling, considering its financial metrics reveal a different story. On a $6mn production budget, the film made $50.9mn worldwide. Universal basically managed to recoup 8.5 times the budget of […]

In Darkness Review: Natalie Dormer’s Writing Debut

in darkness review

Tomatometer: 44% Audience Score: 35% IMDb: 5.7  For Natalie Dormer‘s writing debut alongside director Anthony Byrne, she does a fantastic job developing a thriller that maintains the sense of mystery from start to finish. Dormer plays Sofia, a blind piano player in London who hears the suicide or possible murder of her upstairs neighbor, Veronique […]

Reasons to Watch Murder on the Orient Express

reasons to watch murder on the orient express

Tomatometer: 57% Audience Score: 54% IMDb: 6.5  Murder on the Orient Express was certainly not my cup of tea. I do enjoy a good mystery movie, especially after seeing what director Gilles Paquet-Brenner managed to accomplish with Crooked House, another Agatha Christie adaptation. But Murder’s execution didn’t make the most out of a stellar ensemble […]

Madonna in Body of Evidence: Old-School Erotic Thriller

Madonna body of evidence

Tomatometer: 8% Audience Score: 22% IMDb: 4.4  There’s a point in Body of Evidence where Willem Dafoe’s lawyer, Frank Dulaney, is having dinner with his wife Sharon (Julianne Moore) and his son Michael. Sharon leaves, and Michael asks Frank a pointed question about his latest case. “Can you screw someone to death?” And that’s the […]

Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow: An Edgier Cold War

Jennifer Lawrence Red Sparrow

Tomatometer: 47% Audience Score: 52% IMDb: 6.6  Coming in with a 140-minute running time, Red Sparrow is a pretty long movie by most standards. It’ll surely test the patience of most of you, but some of its more prevalent themes will keep you engaged because they’re equal parts engrossing and horrifying. Jennifer Lawrence leads the […]