Film Review: Belle

★★★ Stunning animation couples with a story that clearly rips off Disney’s vision of Beauty and the Beast in GKIDS new feature, Belle. The movie seems strictly made for gamers, annoying inaccessible to those without at least a basic knowledge of the Internet’s endless functionality. Written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda (the acclaimed creator of … Continue reading Film Review: Belle

Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections

★★★★ The defining action film of the 90s, The Matrix, popularized slow-motion violence and cerebral sci-fi that dozens of movies afterward tried to replicate with little success. This iconic movie remains my favorite film from the Wachowskis, who have carved their own niche in out-of-the-box genre filmmaking. Now, more than twenty years after the original … Continue reading Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections

Film Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home

★★★★★ Easily the largest film event of 2021, Spider-Man: No Way Home explodes into theaters just in time for the holiday season. Every single live-action Spider-Man since the 2002 Tobey Maguire has been a memorable theater experience, and this one was no exception. Minutes before the showing was about to commence, my packed theater was … Continue reading Film Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Press Conference: Don’t Look Up Cast & Director

Earlier this week, a select group of journalists submitted questions before a virtual press conference over Zoom for Netflix’s new politically-charged dark comedy, Don’t Look Up. The impressive panel included Director Adam McKay, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, and Kid Cudi. To our delight, moderator (and astronomer!) Amy Mainzer chose … Continue reading Press Conference: Don’t Look Up Cast & Director

Film Review: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

★★★★ As a longtime fan of the Resident Evil video games, I have been anxiously awaiting a proper live-action film that would capture the magic and terror of the series. Writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson gave it the old college try, directing four of the six previous installments and writing all. While those movies do … Continue reading Film Review: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

FrightFest Halloween 2021: Last Survivors

★★★ As a selection from FrightFest Halloween, I expected Last Survivors to be far more horror-leaning than the end product would suggest. A smidgen of sci-fi adds flavor to a pared-down simple story about survival and hope. However, as the narrative unfurls, the true complexities of the scenario rear their ugly head, adding an entirely new … Continue reading FrightFest Halloween 2021: Last Survivors