Movie Reviews Archive

Documentary Review: ‘Long Gone Wild’

Greetings again from the darkness. As described here, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 documentary BLACKFISH “changed everything” in regards to Orcas being held in captivity. But then Bill Neal’s documentary proceeds to lay out all of the problems that still exist and some new challenges that ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Lion King’

Greetings again from the darkness. If you have come here to read yet another take on how this next-gen remake of a beloved film doesn’t bring anything new to the story, you’ve come to the wrong place. I love cinema as an art form, ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Ashes’

Review by Jay Bowman Despite clocking in at an hour and a half, Ashes manages to feel incomplete. That isn’t to say the plot is rushed—if anything, the opposite is true—but there are just enough disconnected and distracting ideas thrown in to make you ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Breakthrough’ On Blu-ray

Review by Monique Thompson BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, ...Read More

Documentary Review: ‘American Heretics’

Review by James Lindorf Earlier this month we celebrated the 243rd birthday of our nation, and since its inception, while not officially linked, religion (specifically Christianity) has been woven into its political fabric. In her latest documentary, Emmy Award-winning Director Jeanine Butler contrasts religion’s ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Stuber’

Greetings again from the darkness. A wild and over-the-top chase-fight-shootout at the Staples Center is the action-packed opening sequence, leading us to believe we are about to spend 90 minutes watching a mountain-sized rogue-cop out for vengeance. And then, as soon as that He-Man ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Sword Of Trust’

Greetings again from the darkness. Lynn Shelton has put together a very successful career that began with her contributions to the early days of mumblecore (Andrew Bujalski, the Duplass brothers, et al). Along with her filmmaking, she has mixed in some fine TV work, ...Read More