The Blu Spot
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom makes a few slight improvements over the first film, including injecting the franchise with a little originality, but quickly finds itself becoming another tedious entry with its static center and elongated climax.
Posted Sep 17, 2018
First Reformed (2018)
First Reformed ends up feeling like a film that needed another draft or two to help iron out the wrinkles in its main character's arc.
Posted Aug 29, 2018
The House of Tomorrow (2018)
The House of Tomorrow may not win many points for originality as far as the coming of age genre is concerned, but it manages to overcome its familiar plot devices through the intriguing relationship at its heart and its remarkable cast.
Posted Aug 13, 2018
Marrowbone contains an intriguing mystery, as well as a talented cast and impeccable production design, but is ultimately derailed by a gimmicky and illogical ending.
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Even with the always-charismatic Dwayne Johnson in the lead, Rampage can't help but be an action-filled mess that suffers from a rather silly plot and a tedious, overblown climax.
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp may be light fare when compared to the other Marvel films, but just like its predecessor, it still manages to pack a pretty big punch where it counts.
Posted Jul 9, 2018
Tomb Raider (2018)
With its unengaging, stretched-out plot and tiresome action sequences, Tomb Raider is yet another failed attempt to bring the beloved video game franchise to the big screen.
Posted Jun 11, 2018
The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018)
The Strangers: Prey at Night marks a perplexing and unsatisfying end to the ten-year wait for a sequel to the thrilling original, replacing the tension and excitement with inexplicable character decisions that will merely leave you scratching your head.
Posted Jun 11, 2018
Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan may not have the distinction of being one of the more memorable films in the library of Disney animated classics, but with its exciting adventure story, fun characters, and beautiful animation, it remains a classic nonetheless.
Posted Jun 4, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
It's no The Last Jedi, but it's fun, exciting, and quite entertaining, a combo that is made all the more impressive given the long, bumpy, and nearly-disastrous road that it took to finally come to the screen.
Posted May 28, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
All-in-all, Avengers: Infinity War is a pretty big success. It's rather incredible that these guys were able to cram so much into one epic-sized film and have it turn out this well.
Posted Apr 30, 2018
Ready Player One (2018)
It's basically a pop culture lover's dream come true, a film that pays homage to a time that gave us some incredible films, games, and music, all wrapped up as a gift to us from one of the greatest directors of all time.
Posted Mar 27, 2018
Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer suffers from a heavily-meandering storyline, resulting in a tedious and stretched-out film that marks a low point in the director's incredible career.
Posted Mar 19, 2018
I, Tonya (2018)
With a wildly-entertaining story and an outstanding cast, Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya succeeds wonderfully as a compelling biopic about the rise and disgraceful fall of the titular figure skating star.
Posted Mar 12, 2018
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
While Lady and the Tramp may not rank as one of Disney's greatest animated works, it still makes for a charming experience thanks to its memorable and entertaining characters, gorgeous animation, and a beautiful score.
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Darkest Hour (2017)
Darkest Hour may be a little average in its telling of these critical events of WWII, but what it lacks in narrative power, it more than makes up for with a grand sense of style and a phenomenal performance from Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill.
Posted Feb 26, 2018
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther was certainly an intriguing idea, but with its fundamental defects, it just isn't able to achieve the heights it desperately tries to reach.
Posted Feb 20, 2018
Boasting stunning action sequences, along with gorgeous direction, cinematography, production design, and costumes, Blade of the Immortal is a thrilling samurai adventure that will delight fans of Miike's work, as well as fans of the genre in general.
Posted Feb 12, 2018
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 boasts impeccable direction and marvelous camerawork, on top of astonishing production design, visual effects, and music. However, when it comes to the film's thinly-stretched story, it leaves something to be desired.
Posted Jan 15, 2018
Hell Night (1981)
Hell Night may have an intriguing set-up, but ultimately it suffers from bland execution and a rather uneventful narrative, which results in just another forgettable slasher from the 80s.
Posted Jan 1, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
The Last Jedi is a grand step forward, one that we can only hope will light the way for the franchise's future.
Posted Dec 18, 2017
Justice League (2017)
As it is, it just feels like somebody haphazardly threw several ingredients into a pot and prayed that it would work. Unfortunately it does not, merely leaving behind arguably the biggest stain on the DCEU yet.
Posted Nov 15, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
It may have a ways to go before it can stand on equal footing with the best Marvel films, but this was definitely a step in the right direction.
Posted Nov 1, 2017
Land of the Dead (2005)
George A. Romero's Land of the Dead is a decent follow up to his classic "Dead" trilogy, delivering compelling characters, a thrilling narrative, and plenty of zombie action/gore.
Posted Oct 30, 2017
A Ghost Story (2017)
David Lowery's A Ghost Story is an ambitious tale filled with gorgeous imagery and pieces of an intriguing narrative, but the film is ultimately let down by its lack of substance, which leaves you with a beautiful, yet somewhat forgettable, experience.
Posted Oct 2, 2017
Dead Men Tell No Tales makes it quite evident that the franchise has run out of ideas and that it's time to finally put it to rest.
Posted Oct 2, 2017
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
With a touching relationship at the core of its compelling narrative, along with a brilliant score and nostalgic special effects, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial remains one of director Steven Spielberg's most beloved films.
Posted Sep 11, 2017
What we have here is a new rendition of a classic book (or rather half of it) that vastly improves upon the original adaptation by giving us something that has a little heart, a few good scares, and a great cast.
Posted Sep 6, 2017
The Lion King (1994)
With its remarkable narrative, memorable characters, stunning animation, and brilliant music, The Lion King remains the very pinnacle of Disney's animated achievements.
Posted Sep 4, 2017
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a woefully misguided take on the Arthurian legend that sucks all of the fun and excitement out of the original tale and replaces it with a barrage of messy, garbled CGI action scenes.
Posted Aug 11, 2017
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Taking the good with the bad, Atomic Blonde balances out to a decent entertainment. If you go into it just looking to have fun and don't try to examine the muddled plot too much, then you'll probably have a good time.
Posted Jul 28, 2017
The Lost City of Z (2017)
It was a big, bold, and ambitious attempt, but ultimately Gray's reach simply exceeded his grasp.
Posted Jul 10, 2017
The Lawnmower Man (1992)
The Lawnmower Man features an intriguing plot filled with some grand ideas, but thanks to a screenplay that throws all of that away in favor of a tonally-jarring and silly spectacle, we end up with a film whose full potential is never realized.
Posted Jun 19, 2017
Daniel Espinosa's Life is little more than a lazily-written creature feature that fails to elicit thrills thanks to its characters of low intelligence and the laughable design of its CGI antagonist.
Posted Jun 19, 2017
A Cure For Wellness (2017)
Thanks to a screenplay that features a multitude of superfluous scenes and a twist that anyone could guess by the halfway mark, the result is an extremely plodding, meandering, and lengthy film that fails to leave any impact.
Posted Jun 8, 2017
While its scarce plot may prevent it from being one of Disney's most memorable animated classics, Bambi remains an endearing and beloved film thanks to the delightful characters, the beautiful animation, and the marvelous music.
Posted Jun 5, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017)
Wonder Woman may be a step in the right direction when it comes to getting the DCEU on track, but it still falters in too many places to get itself up to an acceptable level.
Posted May 31, 2017
Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele's Get Out contains a fascinating idea and some intriguing social commentary, but it's ultimately let down by bland execution and writing that never allows the idea to come to full fruition.
Posted May 22, 2017
Trying to make a sequel that was going to be as good or feel as fresh as the original was a near-impossible task, but Gunn has managed to deliver a film that's a hell of a lot of fun to watch, while also giving it depth and heart to spare.
Posted May 4, 2017
Told through gorgeous animation, this is a film that marvelously encompasses life itself, resulting in not just the best animated film of last year, but one of the best of the last several years.
Posted May 1, 2017
La La Land (2016)
With its gorgeous visuals, captivating narrative, and phenomenal music, La La Land easily earns its place as the very best film of 2016.
Posted Apr 24, 2017
The Girl With All the Gifts (2017)
The Girl with All the Gifts starts off with quite a lot of potential in its first act, but unfortunately the story is taken in a clichéd, bland, and rather silly direction that results in an ultimately unsatisfying and quickly forgettable zombie outing.
Posted Apr 24, 2017
The Founder (2017)
The Founder features an engrossing tale of the rise of a fast-food empire, an exceptional cast that's at the top of their game, and a marvelous screenplay that lays out these events in all of their intriguing, gritty detail.
Posted Apr 17, 2017
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has gorgeous visuals, including an excellent production design and great special effects, but when it comes to the narrative, there's a lot left to be desired thanks to a screenplay that refuses to develop the characters.
Posted Apr 3, 2017
Patriots Day (2017)
Peter Berg's Patriots Day is a thrilling telling of a tragic and uplifting event, brought marvelously to life through an excellent cast, skilled direction, and a well-structured script that takes the time to flesh out its characters.
Posted Mar 27, 2017
20th Century Women (2017)
Mike Mills' 20th Century Women features a magnificent ensemble and several intriguing characters, but thanks to a slight case of overcrowding, many of them and their connections to each other are left largely unexplored.
Posted Mar 22, 2017
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Manchester by the Sea is a captivating family drama that pulls you into its little world through brilliant, Oscar-nominated writing and directing from Kenneth Lonergan and a top-notch ensemble that features a trio of Oscar-nominated performances.
Posted Feb 20, 2017
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
With more concentration on the emotional foundation, this could have been a great animated adventure to rival its predecessor, but with a focus that's more on the flashy action, it ends up being a somewhat plodding experience.
Posted Feb 9, 2017
With its marvelous mixture of an engaging story, beautiful animation, loveable characters, and unforgettable music, Pinocchio remains a grand adventure that both kids and adults can still enjoy today.
Posted Jan 30, 2017
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)