Is nostalgia enough for ‘SOLO’ and the future of ‘STAR WARS’?

May 23rd, 2018 | Film Stories, Opinion | 0 Comment

Connor Bynum // Film Critic I understand that an origin story for one of the most iconic characters in STAR WARS is going to be chock full of winks to the audience and references to things yet to befall everyone’s favorite smuggler. And for all of its efforts, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY mostly succeeds at giving fans an enjoyable experience. But for a moment, let’s try to look at the big picture here. Four years ago, the thought of having a new STAR WARS ...


‘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 ...


Why ‘TOMB RAIDER’ is important for cinema’s next generation of ‘strong female characters’

March 14th, 2018 | Film Stories, Movie News, Opinion | 1 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Over the past few years, we’ve seen many a “strong female character” grace the silver screen – particularly in the action genre. Marvel heroines like Valkyrie, Black Widow, Peggy Carter, Gamora and Pepper Potts showed audiences that women can be dynamic beings. WONDER WOMAN gave us a fearless femme to emulate. ATOMIC BLONDE bequeathed us with a scrappy fighter who could mix it up just as well as John Wick. And let’s ...