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 ...


Critic’s Notebook: 2018’s HALLOWEEN and the curse of the annoyed fan

January 17th, 2019 | Opinion, Reviews | 0 Comment

James C. Clay // Film Critic Full disclosure: I did see and review this film at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September (which you can read here), and I stand by the words I wrote and the feelings I felt. But one can’t help but recognize the gripes that may accompany subsequent viewings. It’s a tough headspace to navigate once the rose-colored glasses of film festivals are removed.  For genre fans, Michael Myers belongs on the ...


Critic’s Notebook: Internal battles within the ‘CREED’ films

November 27th, 2018 | Opinion | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic The ROCKY franchise, as a whole, is a celebration of overcoming insurmountable odds with triumph and braun. But as far as CREED II is concerned, it’s about personal triumph with a dollop of how its titular character, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), is overcoming his teetering form of toxic masculinity. Truth be told, there are no easy answers for this. Some (rightfully so) find the sport of boxing used as a thematic playground to ...