Why ‘LIFE OF THE PARTY’ is more subversive & celebratory than you’d think

May 11th, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic The college experience has long been a favored stomping ground in cinema, and it shows no sign of slowing down. University life has been portrayed in myriad ways, whether it be John Blutarsky leading a toga revolution in ANIMAL HOUSE, or Lambda Lambda Lambda overtaking the campus in REVENGE OF THE NERDS, or “Frank the Tank” proclaiming he’s going streaking in OLD SCHOOL, or “Droz” throwing an epic house party with ...


‘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 ...