Why going the prequel route was a wrong turn for ‘THE FIRST PURGE’

July 3rd, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Prequels have a tough time proving why they’re necessary. For every good one (like OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL or X-MEN: FIRST CLASS), there’s a multitude of terrible ones (like the STAR WARS prequels). Mostly, they give audiences superfluous information about a cinematic universe they’ve already bought into. They don’t act as a solid base for the previously released chapters, nor do they snare new fans. The PURGE franchise ...


The frustration of a blockbuster that doesn’t consider its audience’s intelligence

June 5th, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 3 Comments

Courtney Howard // Film Critic I’ve never thought more about Darwin’s “Survival of the Fittest” theory than I have during director J.A. Bayona’s JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM. We’ve always had to swallow numerous failings and foibles of this franchise’s ‘heroes,’ but the new film pushes audience tolerance over the edge.  This sequel to the widely (and unfairly) maligned JURASSIC WORLD takes what goodwill we had, douses it in kerosene, ...


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 ...