Reviews: The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth Excerpt: I was hoping for good things from The Curse of Sleeping Beauty but I was unprepared for just how great it is. Some will find the ending abrupt but I love that Teo ends the story here, at the natural conclusion of the first act in what is clearly a much larger story that could easily fuel a dark fantasy franchise. Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered Excerpt: This is one sluggish curse that wouldn’t wake even Sleeping Beauty. James Jay Edwards @ […]

Reviews: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish] Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe Excerpt: I’m angry. That’s literally the only emotion I can put on paper because I have no clue what the purpose of this film is. Kristy Puchko @ CBR.com Excerpt: “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” bogs itself down with stale archetypes, predictable tropes, and of course the requisite tease of another sequel. [New] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews Excerpt: Although filled with dazzling special effects, the film repeats those icy ones too much. […]

Reviews: Queen of Katwe (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: A celebration of the manifold accomplishments of a young African chess prodigy. Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered Excerpt: Queen Of Katwe is pretty typical Disney magic, but dynamic performances add a little more oomph to Phiona Mutesi’s amazing true story. Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Nguyen Le @ Cooglife Excerpt: A consistent sense of serenity and vividness … offset the simplification and romanticizing of Phiona’s life. Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

Reviews: Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: A very special family film with its spiritual depiction of awe and wonder in the face of an astonishing wild creature. Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish] Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered Excerpt: I’m not sure who begged for a Pete’s Dragon reboot, but I’m glad they did so Disney could show how to properly revamp an existing property. James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe Excerpt: [Lowery] and cowriter Toby Halbrooks […]

Reviews: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: DeMonaco’s successfully singular vision is something to celebrate but it also means he must take equal credit for the films’ failings. Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered Excerpt: The weakest Purge movie is still pretty passable, despite its more cartoonish, action-centric mindset. James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Mark H. Harris @ Black Horror Movies Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: Escalates the saga to an absurdist end. Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage Excerpt: DeMonaco […]

Reviews: Passengers (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish] Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered Excerpt: Passengers forces a thriller script to be a romantic high note, like if Nicholas Sparks butchered an already-written script by Stephen King. James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Nguyen Le @ The Script Lab Excerpt: Solely as a visual experience, “Passengers” is poised to claim awards. Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: Movies are the accumulation of thousands of choices. And sometimes a single one screws it up for everyone […]

Reviews: Paterson (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: A tribute to the life and times of a bus driver, poet, and master of everyday spirituality. JD Duran @ insessionfilm.com James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: Almost nothing happens. And that’s the point. Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com Excerpt: We become our own canvas, the results from pen, paintbrush, and voice merely physical manifestations of what’s intrinsically bonded in our DNA. […]

Reviews: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: The neat trick of this structure allows both Susan and the largely unseen Edward to be point of view characters simultaneously.  James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe Excerpt: I enjoyed so much of what [Ford] accomplished with Nocturnal Animals from casting to cinematography to score. It’s all so strong when isolated and yet tonally and thematically convoluted when put together. Authenticity is rendered as artifice too often to not […]

Reviews: The Nice Guys (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish] Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: This is the kind of mismatched buddy action comedy that, every time one rolls around, we collectively say, “Hollywood doesn’t make movies like this anymore.” Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe Excerpt: Whereas the past [held Black’s] work within the genre as intelligent neo noir, The Nice Guys is a bit of a departure with the decision to embrace implausibility while sweeping consequences under the rug. […]

Reviews: Nerve (2016)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge Jon Patridge @ Cinapse Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba.com Excerpt: Delivering high-stakes action scenes that are riveting and at times too real, along with a love story that’s as sexy and sweet as a great first date, Nerve is an unusual delight that’s just the right amount of deranged. James Roberts @ Glide Magazine Excerpt: Beneath its flashy veneer is a film that meditates on the anonymous nature of the web, and how that perceived anonymity has the ability to […]