Culturess

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Terminator (1984) Jennifer Lind-Westbrook Normally, Schwarzenegger's wooden on-screen presence is laughably bad, but his limited range works perfectly in this role. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Pretty in Pink (1986) Jennifer Lind-Westbrook Pretty in Pink lacks the originality of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but Hughes infuses just enough unique elements like... Ringwald's signature pout to churn out one of the best teen movies ever made. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Sixteen Candles (1984) Jennifer Lind-Westbrook Sixteen Candles is a genuinely funny and touching coming-of-age story. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Dirty Dancing (1987) Jennifer Lind-Westbrook Between the great soundtrack, the physical appeal of the very approachable Grey and smoking hot Swayze, the undeniable chemistry between the leads and the toe-tapping dance numbers, Dirty Dancing is inherently watchable. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
The Princess Bride (1987) Jennifer Lind-Westbrook Everything about The Princess Bride is ... charming. By far, the film's dialogue is its most enduring legacy. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Aliens (1986) Jennifer Lind-Westbrook (Sigourney) Weaver proves to be a formidable action hero.. One of just a few females in a film filled with aggro males, she doesn't just hold her own, she owns the movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
The Lost Boys (1987) Jennifer Lind-Westbrook There is a ton of gore, a bit of mystery, and The Lost Boys manages to be scary without crossing the line into campy. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
The Breakfast Club (1985) Jennifer Lind-Westbrook The film is an extraordinarily well-blended mix of humor, heartbreak, and anger as each character displays a pantheon of raw emotions. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Kristen Lopez Yesterday is one of the more disappointing movies in a year that's actually been pretty decent for music-based features. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Kristen Lopez Toy Story 4 lacks the heart and originality of the original trilogy but it remains a fun distraction with Woody and the gang. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Kristen Lopez The latest installment in the long-running Godzilla franchise is more of the same with an insipid blend of characters and monsters you can't appreciate. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
() Kristen Lopez An audacious entry into camp, Ma gives Octavia Spencer a chance to go completely over-the-top and off-the-rails to deliciously fun effect. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Kristen Lopez This is easily the hyperkinetic director's most sedate feature. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Kristen Lopez The Sun is Also a Story is a compassionate and old-fashioned romance with a progressive story relevant to today. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Kristen Lopez The Hustle is just plain dumb. Wilson's shtick is so overdone, it's growing mold, and though Hathaway is the scene stealer she's doing all the work for zero reward. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Poms (2019) Kristen Lopez Poms isn't going for any awards, but its rah-rah spirit is in the right place. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Audrey Fox Writer/director Lulu Wang deserves a great deal of credit for the sensitive, touching, and frequently funny dramatization of an event that's clearly quite personal for her. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Kristen Lopez Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a love letter to the character, as well as a shameless marketing tool to get kids to buy him in abundance. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Audrey Fox The level of risk-taking in the narrative and performances in this film is extraordinary, and to their credit almost always pays off. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Audrey Fox Overall, Official Secrets does its job and does it fairly well, but one can't help thinking that the end result is somewhat less than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kristen Lopez Endgame certainly showed there was one and it was just what we needed. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Angelique Boyd After watching the documentary, you will feel the love everyone put into the show. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Little (2019) Kristen Lopez Little has its fair share of issues, particularly with Gordon's script which is trite and ill-defined, but its consistently peppy humor and engaging leads make this a solid investment. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Kristen Lopez I don't want wanna be buried with THIS Pet Sematary. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Kristen Lopez Shazam! is a heartwarming story that talks about finding the joy in being a hero, and in finding the family that understands you. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Kristen Lopez Disney's recent trend of remaking their own movies is a cash grab because audiences know this. The problem is they're becoming terrible at hiding it and the proof is within Dumbo itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Us (2019) Kristen Lopez While it doesn't nail down the climax, Us is a highly unpredictable, unique, and haunting horror feature that tethers itself to you. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Kristen Lopez Minghella's painterly eye and intoxicating aesthetic is infectious like the most immortal pop songs are. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Kristen Lopez Wilde's keen directorial eye crafts a film that's almost verite-level in its authenticity and portrayal of teen girls today. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) Kristen Lopez Goldstein Knowlton's movie is enjoyable and the topic itself is important, but there is an air of the generic to everything. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Kristen Lopez Rachel Lears tells a story that's inspiring and urges all of us to...aim further and higher. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Kristen Lopez A pretentious, erratic, uninteresting movie that revels in masculinity and hedonism. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) Kristen Lopez Little Monsters is unlike any zombie film you've seen. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Go Back to China (2019) Kristen Lopez Go Back to China is a pastel-coated confection that deals with familial resentment and feminine autonomy in ways that are relatable and lively to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
() Kristen Lopez Watch this with your own dog, just leave your shears at home. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Kristen Lopez A great superhero origin story hobbled by the corporation using it for their own selfish purposes. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Kristen Lopez Rothe is an incredibly empathetic performer, and watching her grapple with some heavy life choices pulls you even closer to her. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Kristen Lopez It's hard to get too mad at what amounts to a sweet, funny throwback that revels in being cute. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Arctic (2018) Amanda Steele Mikkelsen brings a very fatherly like presence that is comforting to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Serenity (2019) Kristen Lopez There's absolutely nothing like Serenity out there. It's so insane, weird, dumb, and funny that you'll be enthralled. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Doctor Strange (2016) Ani Bundel [Doctor Strange] may be the most visually stunning entry into the MCU pantheon so far. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Kristen Lopez Playing like a modern-day parody of '80s fantasy films like Clash of the Titans, Aquaman embraces the camp, the zany, and the weird. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Dumplin' (2018) Becky Kukla It's a lesson worth learning, and Dumplin' is a film well worth your time. Just make sure you have tissues. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Kristen Lopez It's the sequel to Bedknobs and Broomsticks I always wanted, but misses the mark of being a Mary Poppins feature. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Kristen Lopez Mary Queen of Scots does a decent job of laying out the foundations of Mary Stuart's importance, even if it often feels like it's leapfrogging through history. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Kristen Lopez Ralph Breaks the Internet takes the characters into a whole new world, relying on Disney tropes of old and moving them into an environment that's changed so much since video games were in vogue. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Kristen Lopez The Favourite is a tart examination of power dynamics among women that should be consumed by those who love their humor dark and their history complex. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Creed II (2018) Kristen Lopez Creed II lacks the panache of the original installment but has enough emotion and inspiration to find itself a perfect fit for the Rocky franchise EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Kristen Lopez Inserting a woman into this male-dominated genre could yield positive results, but Destroyer ends up self-destructing. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Blowin' Up (2018) Kristen Lopez A female-focused story of survival and friendship that transcends the typical story of doom and gloom that usually accompanies these characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018