column – 2016’s best movies

Another year almost over, another best movies list. While a lot of major tentpole films disappointed – Batman v. Superman, Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -, the smaller films – both indies and Hollywood productions – were largely impressive. Here’s a list of the films I find most memorable and I’ve enjoyed the…

column – 2015’s best movies

2015 was a good year for movies. Great movies popped up in every genre, and managed to entertain and move moviegoers everywhere. While there were disappointments and straight-up terrible films too, this list is not about those titles. This top 5 celebrates the movies that grabbed my attention, sparked my imagination and made me come…

film review – The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

2015 is a good year for spy movies: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was a spectacular thrill ride that bested the previous entries in the MI franchise, and November sees the release of the much-anticipated 24th James Bond film, titled Spectre. In between these two juggernauts Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has arrived, a Cold War…

film review – Sinister 2

The first Sinister, directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, was released in 2012 and was a genuinely scary horror flick: the blend of nasty snuff films and the supernatural worked very well, and all of it was grounded by Ethan Hawke’s wonderfully earnest performance. The solid direction and eerie soundtrack also added a lot of…

film review – Jurassic World

Back in 1993 Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, an adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel of the same name, hit like a bomb. It pulled moviegoers into a world where a dinosaur theme park was a reality, and it made them eat it up; Spielberg’s genius use of mostly practical effects and a story that was…

film review – Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is Disney’s latest film and it’s directed by Brad Bird, the man behind animated hit The Incredibles and the stellar Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Add the charismatic and always-on-his-game George Clooney to the mix, and you have quite a few names attached that would bode well for any film. Coupled with the fact that…

film review – It Follows

It Follows, written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, is an homage to the slasher genre, to late ’70s and early ’80s entries in particular. Everything about it is evocative of the era some may consider then genre’s heyday, thanks to pictures like John Carpenter’s Halloween and Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street. While a…