“First Reformed” is an Intense Film Held Together by Ethan Hawke’s Performance

“First Reformed” was written and directed by Paul Schrader and stars Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric Kyles, aka Cedric the Entertainer. The film is about a pastor of a historic church that is faced with inner conflict once he meets with a woman’s husband struggling with his own demons. This is an A24 film, … More “First Reformed” is an Intense Film Held Together by Ethan Hawke’s Performance

“Avengers: Infinity War” is an Ambitious, Master-Class Big-Budget Blockbuster

Well, it has all led to this. “Avengers: Infinity War” was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt and pretty much every Avenger you can think of. The film is about The Avengers, go figure, battling the mighty Thanos (Brolin), who … More “Avengers: Infinity War” is an Ambitious, Master-Class Big-Budget Blockbuster

“A Quiet Place” is a Brilliantly Tense Horror Debut by John Krasinski

“A Quiet Place” was written, directed and produced by John Krasinski and also stars Krasinski, along with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. The film is about a family who is forced to live in total silence in order to hide from mysterious beings that attack strictly by sound. Krasinski is known by most, … More “A Quiet Place” is a Brilliantly Tense Horror Debut by John Krasinski

“Thoroughbreds” is One of the Best Directorial Debuts in Recent Memory

“Thoroughbreds” was written and directed by Cory Finley and stars Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy and Anton Yelchin. The film is about two teenagers who become friends after they bond about the idea of killing one of their step-fathers. I didn’t know much about this movie coming in aside from the premise and the three lead … More “Thoroughbreds” is One of the Best Directorial Debuts in Recent Memory

“Red Sparrow” is a Well Acted but Horrifically Boring Failure

“Red Sparrow” is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons and Matthias Schoenaerts. The film is based on the novel by Jason Matthews of the same name, and is about a dancer turned Russian agent, or “Sparrow,” who is sent on a mission to the U.S. in order to find … More “Red Sparrow” is a Well Acted but Horrifically Boring Failure

“Annihilation” is a Groundbreaking Visceral Experience

An earlier version of this review was posted on The Lantern, check that out here “Annihilation” is written and directed by Alex Garland and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer and is about a professor … More “Annihilation” is a Groundbreaking Visceral Experience