Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Imagine you’re in a script development meeting at Perfect World Pictures and decide that you really like certain elements of Frozen, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Maleficent, Time Bandits, Game of Thrones and other big fantasy productions and just toss all your ideas in the blender. You then send the entire script to the special effects house, along with a big check, and figure that with so many cultural touchpoints and a stellar…Read More

Review: Crimson Peak

There’s a cooking expression that perfectly describes the lush, beautiful but pointless Crimson Peak: “all frosting, no cake.” Written and directed by the talented Guillermo del Toro, the gothic horror film has a loose storyline set in the late 1800’s somewhere in English countryside, but it’s really more of a master class in set design than anything else. And it’s not alone in the horror genre, there are other films that seem to have put all…Read More

Review: The Martian

In a plausible near future, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is part of the research mission ARES III, part of a five-mission effort to explore Mars. But Mars is a hostile planet and when a massive sandstorm blows up with just a few minutes warning, the entire crew scrambles into the MAV, the Mars Ascent Vehicle, desperate to take off and rendezvous with the orbiting station a few hundred miles above the planet. The short journey from…Read More

Review: Take Shelter

Something really bad is coming, an impending apocalypse and only Curtis (Michael Shannon) can see it on the horizon. His Mom was institutionalized after a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia when he was ten, however, so are his dreams a prophecy of the future or his own mental facilities starting to fail? Stuck in the chaos is his loving wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) who want to support him and tries to understand what he’s going through,…Read More