Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

I’m not going to lie. I didn’t start to like this movie until I was well over an hour in. It’s probably subjective, but in my opinion, the long-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy sequel started out…well, rough. I talked to my sister a lot during that movie, and I think the word “sucktastic” might have…

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

In my art history class, my favorite period to learn about was Rococo, because I thought it was ridiculous. All of the art was beautiful, but it was all glitz, no substance. I know a lot of movies like that; so many that sometimes, I walk into the theater expecting it. But the new live-action…

A Cure For Wellness (2017)

Gore Verbinski’s A Cure For Wellness is excellent, in a weird, weird kind of way. My favorite thing about it was that it offers a subtler form of horror than what I’ve grown used to. I’ve seen a lot of slasher flicks in the past few years, and over time it’s not hard to develop…

Split (2017)

M. Night Shyamalan was doing pretty well. He had an interesting, arguably unique thriller plot. He had a protagonist that had an ounce of common sense and a considerable amount of justifiable survival skills. He had a complex, multifaceted antagonist with twenty-one harmless personalities and three misguided ones. And then he blew it.   Sorry…

La La Land (2016)

I won’t fight you if you don’t like La La Land, but I understand why others will want to. I’d been anticipating this movie-musical since the airing of its first trailer, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The vibrant musical numbers and bittersweet ending, to me, are what really made this film recommendable. The love story…

Why Him? (2016)

WHY HIM? (2016) It’s understandable that this holiday flick earned itself a solid audience rating but less than satisfactory critical reviews. I don’t think Why Him? has what it takes to be a classic, and it’s probably not going to age very well. But even if it won’t contribute much to the cinematic universe, it…

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…