‘POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU’ cracks the case for video game movies

May 11th, 2019 | Film Stories, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Connor Bynum // Film Critic It’s no secret that film adaptations of popular video games have had a troubled history with critics. Year after year, fans of gaming franchises would cross their fingers with cautious optimism thinking, “Maybe this will finally be the one to get it right,” only to be let down yet again with another dud. Things got so bad that Dwayne Johnson even took to Twitter to brag about how the colossal ...


Critic’s Notebook: With EXTREMELY WICKED out, now we need to be taking Zac Efron seriously as an actor

May 10th, 2019 | Opinion | 0 Comment

James C. Clay // Film Critic Word out is out. We really dig EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE, the new Netflix film about the life and times of serial killer Ted Bundy. When the film’s trailer premiered, there was a lot of tension surrounding the fact that the psychopath was being portrayed by the attractive Zac Efron, which could make it seem like the filmmakers were aiming to glorify Bundy's actions. However, what director Joe Berlinger ...


The 18 Best Films of 2018 (according to Courtney Howard)

January 21st, 2019 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in PADDINGTON 2. Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures. Courtney Howard // Film Critic We had an embarrassment of riches at the cineplex this year. So much so, it was almost impossible to keep up with movies, as theater owners had to quickly turn their spaces over due to an overabundance of independent films and mainstream releases. And at the end of the year, thanks to the advent of streaming services, many of you can catch ...