Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 27th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is easily the most entertaining of the sequels, and while not as consistently engaging as Anderson’s first film, still the best video game to film adaptation to ever see the light of day, that doesn’t make the portions here that do work any less fun.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is easily the most entertaining of the sequels, and while not as consistently engaging as Anderson’s first film, still the best video game to film adaptation to ever see the light of day, that doesn’t make the portions here that do work any less fun.

A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 27th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

In short, those that choose to go with the flow and let the not-so-subtle emotional charms fueling A Dog’s Purpose work their magic are likely to come out of the theatre sobbing in heartfelt joy. Everyone else? Well, they’ll have a bone to pick with the film, and it’s likely they won’t be able to stop barking about their issues.

In short, those that choose to go with the flow and let the not-so-subtle emotional charms fueling A Dog’s Purpose work their magic are likely to come out of the theatre sobbing in heartfelt joy. Everyone else? Well, they’ll have a bone to pick with the film, and it’s likely they won’t be able to stop barking about their issues.

Gold (2016)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 27th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

Gaghan’s Gold is a risky venture with a lot on its mind, mixing fact and fiction together to come up with a cinematic mirror that reflects back to the viewer topical images that aren’t always easy to witness. The thing is, if the combination isn’t right, if the balance is off, then good intentions and lofty ideals don’t end up meaning a single thing substantive, making the finished feature nothing more than celluloid pyrite barely worth the cost of a rental let alone a full-blown first run multiplex ticket.

Gaghan’s Gold is a risky venture with a lot on its mind, mixing fact and fiction together to come up with a cinematic mirror that reflects back to the viewer topical images that aren’t always easy to witness. The thing is, if the combination isn’t right, if the balance is off, then good intentions and lofty ideals don’t end up meaning a single thing substantive, making the finished feature nothing more than celluloid pyrite barely worth the cost of a rental let alone a full-blown first run multiplex ticket.

Julieta (2016)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 27th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

I’m shaken in ways that go beyond description, the long-lasting impact of Julieta’s story deserving of additional exploration and discussion, not to mention multiple viewings. Julieta is superb, and to say any more could potentially ruin any number of its more intimate surprises.

I’m shaken in ways that go beyond description, the long-lasting impact of Julieta’s story deserving of additional exploration and discussion, not to mention multiple viewings. Julieta is superb, and to say any more could potentially ruin any number of its more intimate surprises.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 24th, 2017 - Blu-ray and DVD

The Light Between Oceans is growing on me. Derek Cianfrance’s latest might lapse into melodramatic self-indulgence at times, but more often than not the emotions driving things remains honest and pure.

The Light Between Oceans is growing on me. Derek Cianfrance’s latest might lapse into melodramatic self-indulgence at times, but more often than not the emotions driving things remains honest and pure.

Inferno (2016)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 24th, 2017 - Blu-ray and DVD

Inferno played better at home than it did in a theatre, and for fans of this series I cannot imagine they’ll be all that disappointed if they choose to give the film a look. I don’t think it’s particularly good, but it is incredibly easy to watch, and on that front I guess I’d have to call this The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons sequel something of a moderate success.

Inferno played better at home than it did in a theatre, and for fans of this series I cannot imagine they’ll be all that disappointed if they choose to give the film a look. I don’t think it’s particularly good, but it is incredibly easy to watch, and on that front I guess I’d have to call this The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons sequel something of a moderate success.

20th Century Women (2016)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 20th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

20th Century Women is a sparkling, intimately moving drama of growth, friendship and family that springs to life with invigorating authority, its easygoing truth rapturous to behold.

20th Century Women is a sparkling, intimately moving drama of growth, friendship and family that springs to life with invigorating authority, its easygoing truth rapturous to behold.

Split (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 20th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

Split is an aggressively nasty bit of pulp filmmaking, all of it building to a conclusion that’s as insidiously open-ended as it is fearlessly cathartic.

Split is an aggressively nasty bit of pulp filmmaking, all of it building to a conclusion that’s as insidiously open-ended as it is fearlessly cathartic.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 20th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

Insanely Silly Xander Cage Makes a Satisfactorily Extreme Return After faking his death and more than a decade away from the spy game, government agent Jane Marke (Toni Collette) has tracked down the elusive Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) with designs on bringing him back into the espionage fraternity. A team of crack operatives led by […]

Insanely Silly Xander Cage Makes a Satisfactorily Extreme Return After faking his death and more than a decade away from the spy game, government agent Jane Marke (Toni Collette) has tracked down the elusive Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) with designs on bringing him back into the espionage fraternity. A team of crack operatives led by […]

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