Rogue One (2016)

I have a theory about Rogue One and its critical reception. Every fan has different aspects of the Star Wars franchise that they like and dislike; this movie, veering in a darker direction than the consistently family-friendly original trilogy, left out quite a few. Accordingly, if the things you liked about Star Wars were there,…

Moana (2016)

No matter how old you are, if it’s the winter of 2016 and you want to see a movie with a spellbinding score, beautiful animation, and a wonderfully badass female protagonist, Moana is probably the film for you. The newest story to proudly carry the Disney Princess name, Moana is the story of the intrepid daughter of…

Doctor Strange (2016)

This is the second movie I’ve been wrong about in a relatively short amount of time, and I couldn’t be happier. I anticipated Marvel’s Doctor Strange to be a shoo-in for my growing list of repetitive, borderline-tedious superhero movies, but just when I thought my superpower was super-cynicism, I bought a ticket to this mind-bending action-fantasy…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Due to the nature of most manner of sequels and reboots, I (forgive me, all-mighty J.K. Rowling) expected this movie to fail. Or at least to come across as rather disappointing and vaguely forgettable. But Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is none of these things. The film features easy-to-love characters, adorable and well-rendered magical creatures,…

Scare-athon 31-41!

Happy Halloween!! (Edit: Happy November seventh!!) This will be the final installment of my 2016 Scare-athon, and it’s just dawned on me that I’ve watched forty-one horror movies since October 1st. I can’t believe I managed to get any sleep at all in these past thirty-one days. Thanks for sticking with me on this terrifying journey; hope…

7 Underrated Horror Classics to Add to Your To-Watch List This Halloween

It’s Halloween, and anyone who’s not stealing candy from their friends and neighbors tonight is probably planning to spend the night with their favorite seasonal films. (The luckiest among us will make time for both!) After watching a total of 41 horror flicks this month in preparation for my favorite holiday, here are my seven top recommendations for…

The Accountant (October 2016)

THE ACCOUNTANT (October 2016) The main character of this movie was what caught my eye. Christian Wolff, a freelance accountant with high-functioning autism and a penchant for problem-solving, spends his days crunching numbers for treacherous criminal organizations. But while Wolff and this movie’s premise were what got me into that theater, this high-action crime drama…

Scare-athon! 21-30

Sorry for the lateness; as of now, I’m on #40, so I’ll be doing my best to catch up with my blurb posts this weekend. 1 . MY BLOODY VALENTINE (2009): Remake of the 1981 movie about a murdering miner who’s got beef with Valentine’s Day, this time with more novelty 3-D. Came for the…

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (October 2016)

*SPOILER WARNING* Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read; it’s difficult to build a coherent narrative around a bunch of random, unrelated vintage photographs, but Ransom Riggs uses his pictures to construct a vivid, entertaining story and a fantastic cast of characters. Generally speaking, it’s extremely…

Scare-athon! 11-20

And we’re back, with Round Two! 1. +1 (2013): Guests at a wild house party suddenly discovers they each have an identical double. Awesome concept, but poorly executed. Deserves more than a 5.5 on IMDb (I’d rate…6.3?). Worth noting that the hero and his love interest have no chemistry at all. C+. 2. THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012):…

Scare-athon! 1-10

It’s Halloween (I mean October), and with the spookiest month of the year also comes my annual Scare-athon. The rules are these: watch as many horror movies as you possibly can within thirty-one days. The number to beat in 2016 is 40, so I have miles to go before I sleep, and (since I already burned through…

Sickhouse (2016)

I’ll keep this one short and sweet because, to sum it up: I really loved this movie. And it came out of nowhere, too. Just like Nerve, and Mad Max: Fury Road, and a lot of my other favorites, Sickhouse hit me by surprise. Initially, I watched it for its premise; an entire feature-length movie…