Review: ‘Emergency’

If asked, I’d have a very hard time placing Emergency, directed by Carey Williams, into a specific category. And that’s a good thing. From it’s solid buzz coming out of this year’s Sundance film festival to its (hopefully) successful purchase onto Amazon streaming services soon, the film is a potent hybrid of buddy comedy, dark humor, and biting social commentary whose seemingly simple idea far … Continue reading Review: ‘Emergency’

Review: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Chases Ghosts

Tom Cruise returns to a role that made him famous.  Tom Cruise took flight into Hollywood’s firmament of stars in 1986’s Top Gun.  Arriving midway through Ronald Reagan’s second term as U.S. President, the film glorified military activity to an obnoxious degree. Under director Tony Scott (The Hunger), the slick visual stylings resembled a feature-length Navy recruitment ad, filled with glistening male abdomens and submissive … Continue reading Review: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Chases Ghosts

Review: ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Plumbs the Depths of Fandom

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen do their best in Sam Raimi’s woebegone sequel.  Frequently incomprehensible, occasionally ludicrous, but never predictable, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marks a dispiriting return to feature filmmaking for director Sam Raimi, though it’s business as usual for producer Kevin Feige.  Raimi enlivened the 1980s by helming a trio of energetic, low-budget genre pictures before his peak period in … Continue reading Review: ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Plumbs the Depths of Fandom

Review: ‘Father Stu’

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Wahlberg hinted that he may be considering retirement…. or at least shifting to more optimistic film roles. His latest film, Father Stu, certainly fits that criteria. Just a few steps removed from the type of faith-based films that have become the rage these days, the only thing that sets Father Stu apart is some pretty rowdy language … Continue reading Review: ‘Father Stu’

Review: ‘All the Old Knives’

Janus Metz’s All the Old Knives is the type of intelligent spy intrigue that stands alongside the works of Le Carre. Working through subtle conversation and shades of murky moral compromise rather than gunshots and explosions (of which I think there’s only one, and offscreen), it’s an engaging effort and the type of adult thriller that rarely gets made today. It’s classicism is certainly aided … Continue reading Review: ‘All the Old Knives’

Review: In ‘Morbius,’ The Darkness Beckons

Jared Leto stars in a Marvel movie adventure, directed by Daniel Espinosa.  A dark adventure that gets darker as it goes, Morbius flexes its action muscles early and often, telling the story of a brilliant doctor who is desperately searching for a cure to a rare, blood-borne disease. His latest experiment goes disastrously wrong, turning him into a ‘living vampire’ with an insatiable appetite for … Continue reading Review: In ‘Morbius,’ The Darkness Beckons