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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth entry in the seemingly unstoppable Jurassic Park franchise, couldn’t resemble one of its own dinosaurs more if it tried. It’s visually…

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The opening shots of Hereditary, the debut feature film from writer/director Ari Aster, slowly bring focus onto a meticulously-designed diorama of the house where we’ll spend…

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There are few characters in cinema who embody the phrase “lovable rogue” as much as the Star Wars franchise’s Han Solo. The scoundrel with a heart of gold came to…

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There’s a moment about halfway through Deadpool 2 where the film appears to be turning into exactly the kind of tired, perfunctory, by-the-numbers superhero sequel you’d…

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This is it. Ten years, 18 movies, and countless end credit scenes leading up to one of the most anticipated and unprecedented events in genre cinema. Dozens of characters coming together…

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The arcade games of the 1980s had no time for exposition. All those seconds of backstory really got in the way of having a button-mashing good time. So it was for Rampage, where gamers…

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Few things are more fundamental to human expression, never mind cinematic narrative, as speech. It isn’t merely the words we say, but how we say them. Tone, volume, inflection,…

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The ostensible conflict in Ready Player One, the film version of Ernest Cline’s pop culture cluster-bomb of a novel, involves a corporation that wants to cover virtual reality…

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A good sequel is a marked improvement on the original. Maybe it’s bigger and bolder, pushing the boundaries of the things that made the previous entry successful. It might deepen…

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Word of advice for all the people involved in adapting geek properties to the big screen: the words “realistic” and “grounded” are not synonyms for “boring.”…

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At one point during A Wrinkle In Time, the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved and award-winning sci-fi/fantasy magnum opus, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit (Reese…

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There are many things that separate Black Panther from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that go far beyond the skin color of its protagonist. For the first time in the MCU,…

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There are some sequels that are absolutely necessary. There are some sequels that nobody asked for. Then there are the sequels that nobody asked for but turn out to not only be quite…

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Some colors inspire intense emotional responses simply by the act of being. When they’re combined with similarly bold colors, the reaction can be that much more extreme. But often,…

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There’s something refreshingly pragmatic about Tom of Finland the movie in relationship to Tom of Finland the artist. While Tom was known for producing art that featured hyper-endowed…

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There are bad movies, then there is The Room, the hypnotically and entertainingly incompetent…ahem…”drama” by writer/director/star/alien exile Tommy Wiseau.…

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