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

TV Review: ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ will have you under its darkly fun spell

Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a radical reimagining of the characters made popular by the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Make no mistake, though: this show’s voice is completely original. It’s a darker, hellish take on Sabrina Spellman that leans into the mythology of witchcraft. That’s also what makes it far more entertaining and … More TV Review: ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ will have you under its darkly fun spell

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

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: ‘Incredibles 2’ was worth the wait

It’s bigger! It’s badder! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s….Incredibles 2! Whew, sorry. Syndrome took over for a sec there. In all seriousness, “Incredibles 2” is a film I’ve been waiting for since 2004 – the exact moment my eight-year-old self exited the theater after seeing “The Incredibles,” to be precise. The original film is my favorite … More Film Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ was worth the wait

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