The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) - Movie Review

The Killing of a Sacred Deer - Movie Review“Good afternoon, you must be Martin,” is the greeting received for the mysterious teenager standing just outside the open door of the Murphy household.  Without a second thought, he is invited into their home.  Big mistake.  Let the unwinding of a very straight-laced life  ...

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The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) - Movie Review

The Ballad of Lefty Brown - Movie ReviewImagine if Gabby Hayes hit the trail on a mission of revenge for the coldblooded murder of John Wayne?  That’s the revision to the western genre that I’d be most interested in partaking right about now and, as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what you have with the excellently  ...

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Mudbound (2017) - Movie Review

Mudbound (2017) - Movie ReviewRacism, class, friendship, brotherhood, and man’s relentless struggle against the land come together poetically in filmmaker Dee Rees’ Mudbound, the spectacular follow-up to her 2011 debut feature, Pariah. Any thoughts of a lucky first strike with Pariah can be put to bed as Mudbound is ...

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Justice League (2017) - Movie Review

Justice League - Movie ReviewAs a lifelong reader of DC Comics, this newest entry into the DCEU should be a momentous occasion: the first film ever to depict all their marque characters together on the big screen. Having left the movie a couple of hours ago, if I had to sum up Justice League in one word,  ...

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Cook-Off! (2017) - Movie Review

Cook-Off! - Movie ReviewA broadcast baking show gets roasted in Cook-Off!, a not-so-new comedy opening in select theaters and On Demand everywhere this Friday.  Originally filmed in 2007, Cook-Off! has long been baking in the oven.  Inexplicably so, it seems, too. ...

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LBJ (2017) - Movie Review

LBJ (2017) - Movie ReviewSay what you will about Lyndon Baines Johnson. Yes, he was ornery. Yes, he was bullish. And yes, he was probably one of the most foul-mouthed and crude presidents in our nation’s hist... well, er... never mind. ...

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Let Her Out (2016) - Movie Review

Let Her Out - Movie ReviewWhat wickedness we do in utero! Burning with an intensity that speaks volumes, the opening ten or so minutes of Let Her Out might just very well be one of my favorite cinematic experiences this season.  Writer/Director Cody Calahan and ...

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Suburbicon - Movie Review

Suburbicon - Movie ReviewIf the Coen Brothers don’t follow through with a script of their own, there’s probably a good reason. That’s the take-away after fighting through the confusion and frustration of what just happened in Suburbicon ...

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Jigsaw (2017) - Movie Review

Jigsaw - Movie Review

Seven years later….



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Thor: Ragnarok - Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok - Movie ReviewSome seventeen films into the MCU, one marvels (see what we did there?) at the sheer volume and consistency of their output in the last decade. There isn’t a single entry in this shared universe that this reviewer hasn’t liked. They’re not all home runs, and, if I think of my ...

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