Creed II

VERDICT It was always going to be nearly impossible to follow up on the lightning strike that was Creed. The sequel may not pack quite the same punch, but the performances and tried-and-true formula still make for an incredible time. Make sure you’ve seen the first film, and then buy the ticket. REVIEW Following up on 2015’s Creed seemed […]

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

VERDICT A heartfelt story about connectivity and the trials of friendship struggles against a familiar-ish plot and questionable advertising. It’s sweet nonetheless. Buy the ticket and go see it with your best friend. REVIEW You probably didn’t see The Emoji Movie. That was a good choice; it’s a 90-minute advertisement for internet companies that has the […]

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Crimes of Grindewald

VERDICT The foundations of something good are present, but the house that lies above is a complete mess. A horde of uninteresting characters exposit their way through far too many mundane plot lines. But hey, it looks good. Wait till it hits streaming, if you must. REVIEW The first clue as to whether this film […]

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The Grinch

The Grinch

VERDICT Like most of Illumination’s works, The Grinch delivers on adorableness, and kids will will enjoy it just fine. It fails to add anything substantial though, and the same story can be accomplished in far less time. Stick with the original. REVIEW Illumination has proven since 2010’s Despicable Me to be really good at three key things: creating […]

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A Simple Favor

VERDICT An undeniably intriguing dynamic between Kendrick and Lively is unable to save a movie plagued by baffling mixture of tone and an unsalvageable ending. Only buy the ticket if you’re a super-fan of the leads. REVIEW What Works: Lively’s beguiling performance, her chemistry with Kendrick, and the occasional subversion. Blake Lively is this movie, through and through. […]

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Eighth Grade

VERDICT What looks like a typical coming-of-age story is imbued with such an incredible level of empathy it’s shocking. An absolute must see for anyone, but especially those who were once 8th grade girls. Buy the ticket. REVIEW What Works: The captivating realness of its lead, the sheer amount of empathy shown, and the love […]

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Eric’s 2018 Midyear Movie Report Card

Another Labor Day come and gone means that we’re halfway through the 2018 movie season, and therefore due for a report card. Just skip past this to the report card if you’re a normal person, or read on if you’re thinking “But wait! July 1st is halfway through the year you Gregorian illiterate!” Yes, but […]

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Blindspotting

VERDICT A deep-felt love letter to the city of Oakland that tackles the challenges and intersectionality of masculinity, blackness, gentrification, police violence, the prison system, and what it means to be a friend. Above all else, Blindspotting is sincere in a rare way. Buy this ticket as soon as possible. REVIEW What Works: A slow-boiling screenplay […]

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Skyscraper

VERDICT It’s exactly what it sets out to be; a big, hot, and loud popcorn movie. Skyscraper does its job admirably. The stakes are surprisingly high, Johnson is as charismatic as he ever is, and the action sequeneces are gripping. This needs to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated, so watch it now or […]

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Sorry to Bother You

VERDICT A scathing critique of capitalism and its monopoly over politics, culture, and even one’s sense of self, hidden inside a comedy about being a telemarketer. The sharp dive into the surreal will not appeal to everyone, but it remains a must-see. Buy the ticket. REVIEW More frequent readers will notice that this review does […]

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