Film Review: ‘Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker’ misses the mark with a frustrating concluding chapter

When JJ Abrams signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in early 2013, he went in with the intention to craft his signature “mystery box” film and ride off into the Tatooine binary sunset, content with the notion that other creatives would take the time to unravel the story from … More Film Review: ‘Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker’ misses the mark with a frustrating concluding chapter

Reel Talk: Every Live-Action Star Wars Film, Ranked Worst to Best

“Part of the journey is the end” — wait, wrong Disney franchise… “It’s time for Star Wars…to end” — wait, that’s not the line… With the release of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, the Star Wars saga will end…for a third time. In anticipation of the final conclusion of the “Skywalker Saga,” I rewatched … More Reel Talk: Every Live-Action Star Wars Film, Ranked Worst to Best

TV Review: ‘Stranger Things’ packs in the thrills and ’80s nostalgia for a slow-building, emotional third season

After an agonizing year-and-a-half-long wait, Stranger Things Season Three is finally upon us. And, if you’re like me, you finished the entire season in the first 24 hours of its release on Netflix. Let’s unpack what’s up with the Upside Down, Hawkins, Indiana and our favorite group of ‘80s kids. The story picks up in … More TV Review: ‘Stranger Things’ packs in the thrills and ’80s nostalgia for a slow-building, emotional third season

Film Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ is an unconventional response to the superhero genre

Why are audiences drawn to superhero movies? What is it about these stories in particular that inspire, provoke or challenge us? With Glass, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan attempts to answer such questions while providing his own spin on the genre. After the surprise reveal at the end of Shyamalan’s Split (2017) that the film exists … More Film Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ is an unconventional response to the superhero genre

The Year in Review: Top 10 Films of 2018

With 2018 officially at a close, it’s time to share my personal ranking of the best films of the year. Perhaps more so than past years, 2018 saw the release of many films with diverse representation, inclusive stories, record-breaking blockbusters and a general movement towards improvement within the classical Hollywood system. These films, whether shown … More The Year in Review: Top 10 Films of 2018

Film Review: How ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ reinvigorates the character

In the past two decades, Spider-Man has swung across our screens more times than one could count. From the Tobey Maguire era to Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, there have been many faces underneath the famous web-slinger’s mask. That’s not to say that each one lacks their own spin on the character, but such frequent … More Film Review: How ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ reinvigorates the character

Film Review: ‘Aquaman’ marks a refreshing start for the DCEU with dazzling visuals and plain old fun

Since its inception, the DCEU (or Worlds of DC — whatever they’re calling it these days) has had a somewhat tumultuous track record. Films like Wonder Woman garnered critical acclaim, while Justice League failed to meet the expectations of many. The question on my mind heading into the theater was: Which camp will Aquaman fall … More Film Review: ‘Aquaman’ marks a refreshing start for the DCEU with dazzling visuals and plain old fun

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