‘PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING’ does everything a sequel should do – so why is it so hollow?

March 22nd, 2018 | Film Stories, Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Creating a worthy sequel for franchise fans is pretty textbook at this point, so it’s always surprising when someone screws it up. The audiences wants are fairly simple: double down on what was there before in terms of the narrative, deepen character relationships and make sure the action is twice as explosive and fun. Simply put, a sequel should be even more awesome than the original to justify its existence. Yet, even ...


Movie Review: ‘PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING’ – apocalypse gets renewed for second season after all

March 22nd, 2018 | Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Connor Bynum // Film Critic PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Rated PG-13, 111 minutes. Director: Steven S. DeKnight Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Jin Zhang and Rinko Kikuchi “Giant robots fighting alien monsters the size of skyscrapers.” If the first word that comes to mind upon hearing such a premise is anything other than “awesome,” PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING is probably not for you. But for ...


SXSW Review: ‘EIGHTH GRADE’ – anxiety is only one click away

March 22nd, 2018 | Film Festivals, Movie Review, Reviews, SXSW | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay // Film Critic EIGHTH GRADE Not yet rated, 94 minutes. Director: Bo Burnham Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson and Missy Yager Somehow 27-year-old comedian and all-around internet sensation Bo Burnham was able to tap into the mind of a 13-year-old girl in his directorial debut, EIGHTH GRADE. It takes a grounded approach to the psyche of Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), who is going through her last week of - you guessed it - middle ...