‘CRAZY RICH ASIANS’ is a cultural celebration of colorful, richly-written characters

August 13th, 2018 | Interviews, Movie Interview, Movie News | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic It’s taken an astonishing 25 years since the last Hollywood studio has taken a “gamble,” investing in an all Asian ensemble to tell a culturally significant tale. That was the now defunct Hollywood Pictures’ THE JOY LUCK CLUB. Now, another film based on a best-selling novel, is set to take the world by storm: Warner Brothers’ CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the story centers on Asian-American economics ...


Movie Review: ‘ALPHA’ is ‘THE BLACK STALLION’ for a new generation

August 11th, 2018 | Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic ALPHA Rated PG, 96 minutes Directed by: Albert Hughes Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela In the time of massive, loud superhero-centered films reigning at the box office, it’s a ballsy, risky prospect for a major studio to invest in an introspective, atmospheric film like director Albert Hughes’ ALPHA. It’s a big deal for a filmmaker of Hughes’ caliber to take ...


Author Steve Alten’s harrowing journey taking ‘THE MEG’ from the book to the big screen

Courtney Howard // Film Critic If there’s ever been a more harrowing tale releasing a project that had been languishing in development hell, it probably would still fail to compare with what author Steve Alten went through seeing his novel, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, brought to the big screen. The affable author, and a fleet of fans nicknamed “Megheads,” have waited over two decades to see his creation about a man (played by Jason Statham) saving ...