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 ...


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 ...