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

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: ‘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

Film Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ is flawed but fun, and that’s enough for me

Hollywood is more or less built on the foundation of franchises. So, it was probably inevitable that we would circle back and end up with something like “Ocean’s 8,” a sequel/spinoff of the “Ocean’s” trilogy. My interest in the movie was peaked not by its connection to its predecessors, but by the prospect of having … More Film Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ is flawed but fun, and that’s enough for me

Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is truly the MCU film we’ve been waiting for

The Marvel Cinematic Universe turned ten years old this year. There’s truly no better way to celebrate such an unprecedented series of films than to go all out with “Avengers: Infinity War.” Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (who previously directed “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War”), “Infinity War” finally puts Thanos … More Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is truly the MCU film we’ve been waiting for

Film Review: John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ delivers a suspenseful, innovative thriller

John Krasinski is best known for his comedic chops in “The Office,” but what you may not know is that he’s also building up a resume as a director. With “A Quiet Place,” his third feature film, Krasinski offers a simple, yet utterly thrilling spin on the well-trodden horror genre, proving that he’s a filmmaker … More Film Review: John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ delivers a suspenseful, innovative thriller

Film Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a fun ride but lacks depth

Steven Spielberg is back in the directorial chair for his latest film, “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name. Set in the near-future, the film follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), an 18-year-old who lives in “The Stacks,” a slum in Columbus, Ohio. His only escape from the dreary real world … More Film Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a fun ride but lacks depth

Film Review: ‘Love, Simon’ aims for the heart and succeeds

“Love, Simon” follows the story of Simon Spiers (Nick Robinson). He’s your average 17-year-old trying to navigate his way through high school, but he lives with a “huge-ass secret” — he’s never revealed to anyone that he’s gay. When someone who goes by the name “Blue” posts an online confession that he is gay, Simon … More Film Review: ‘Love, Simon’ aims for the heart and succeeds