Film Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ maintains the magic but muddles the plot

“You’re a magizoologist, Newt.” “I’m a what?” “A magizoologist, and a thumpin’ good one, I’d wager.” That’s what Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) said to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to butter him up for his mission in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — more or less. All magic tricks and jokes aside, this film — … More Film Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ maintains the magic but muddles the plot

Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga dive all the way in for Oscar contender, ‘A Star is Born’

“I’M OFF THE DEEP END, WATCH AS I DIVE IN, I’LL NEVER MEET THE GROOUUUUNND!” ~ live recording of me scream-singing along to your future Oscar winner for Best Original Song, “Shallow.” But this isn’t a song review (all though, if I’m being honest, it partly is), it’s a review of A Star is Born. … More Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga dive all the way in for Oscar contender, ‘A Star is Born’

Film Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ takes bold steps toward inclusive representation

Film is arguably the single most impactful medium when it comes to representation. Seeing one’s likeness displayed on the big screen combined with the inherent communal experience associated with movie-going can be both emotionally and socially resonant. Unfortunately, Hollywood has been sorely behind the curve here, but the release of director/writer John M. Chu’s Crazy … More Film Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ takes bold steps toward inclusive representation

Reel Talk: With its latest announcement, the Academy is making some huge mistakes

The Academy Awards is something near and dear to my heart. I watch it every year, eagerly consuming articles, talk shows, and general awards buzz to help make my predictions for who will take home Hollywood’s most prestigious prize. It’s my Superbowl, and I love every second of it. The Academy’s announcement Wednesday morning sent … More Reel Talk: With its latest announcement, the Academy is making some huge mistakes

Film Review: With ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout,’ Cruise & Co. accomplish their mission with a franchise-high installment

I’ll admit, I was very late to the Mission: Impossible train. It was just one of those franchises growing up that I never got around to seeing. With the release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout this year, it seemed as good a time as any to dive into the Tom Cruise-led franchise. So, in the … More Film Review: With ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout,’ Cruise & Co. accomplish their mission with a franchise-high installment

Film Review: ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ is ridiculous and pure fun

It’s truly the year of sequels: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Incredibles 2, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and the one I’m sure you’ve all been waiting [10 years] for – Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! The original, ABBA-inspired musical danced its way into theaters back in 2008, where free-spirit Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) came … More Film Review: ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ is ridiculous and pure fun

Film Review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ takes promising steps forward for Marvel

When director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man first grazed the big screen back in 2015, hardly anyone who wasn’t familiar with the comics knew who this character was – myself included. A hero who can shrink to the size of an insect and telepathically control entire ant colonies? Sounds pretty niche, but slap the “Marvel” logo on … More Film Review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ takes promising steps forward for Marvel

Film Review: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is a lot of roar, but not enough bite

  The original “Jurassic Park” is one of the best films ever made. Under Steven Spielberg’s direction, the film displays what can happen when filmmakers work at the very peak of their craft. Many remember its groundbreaking visuals or tense action set pieces, but at its core, the film is a study of the hierarchy … More Film Review: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is a lot of roar, but not enough bite