Locarno 2021: Beckett

★★★★ Netflix films have been knocking it out of the park this year, between The Woman in the Window, the Fear Street trilogy, and A Classic Horror Story. Next on their roster is politically-charged thriller, Beckett. Starring John David Washington (Tenet, Malcolm & Marie) as the titular lead character, director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino wrings maximum … Continue reading Locarno 2021: Beckett

Film Review: Notorious Nick

★★★ For better or worse, Notorious Nick is an entirely straightforward inspirational sports drama. Bolstered by the natural charisma of gorgeous leading man, Cody Christian, real-life one-armed MMA fighter Nick Newell gets the Hollywood treatment. Filmmaker Aaron Leong, whose sole other directing gig was 2016 comedy Mamaboy, does a terrific job staging enthralling combat scenes. … Continue reading Film Review: Notorious Nick

Film Review: Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

★★★★ The first Escape Room, released in 2019, was basically a PG-13 version of Saw, with themed rooms and non-stop thrills. As much as I loved it, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is bigger and better than the original in just about every way you can imagine. It manages to remain faithful to the two … Continue reading Film Review: Escape Room: Tournament of Champions