Review: ‘Glass’ Is Not The Kind of Origin Story You’d Expect

The Universal Pictures film Glass, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is the glue that bonds together the narratives depicted in Unbreakable and Split. Before Marvel and DC comic book films fused its way into the pop culture spectrum of Hollywood action films, the 2000 film Unbreakable became the bellwether of how multi-layered and textured comic book heroes...

Review: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ a Clever, Modern Take on a Classic Legend

In 20th Century Fox’s fantasy film The Kid Who Would Be King, an epic Arthurian legend is cleverly translated into a modern day context by director and writer Joe Cornish. It’s the classic tale of an ordinary kid, Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thrust into an extraordinary journey that he is predestined to undertake and fulfill. Alex...

Review: Heartbreaking Human Rights Documentary ‘Letter from Masanjia’

By Titilayo Aloba Letter from Masanjia, a documentary by filmmaker Leon Lee, tells the story of Chinese engineer and Falun Gong practitioner Sun Yi. The film provides a glimpse into the world of an average Chinese citizen from an indigenous perspective. It is also a sobering reminder that all of the world's citizens do not...

Review: ‘Buffalo Boys’ Combines Martial Arts and Western to Deliver Action-Packed Revenge

Mike Wiluan’s Buffalo Boys, an action-packed film mixed with American and Indonesian culture, gave me the action I wanted and then some. I love a good action film with car chases, intense fight scenes, and a good plot that will have me on the edge of my seat. Instead of cars and a movie set...

Review: It’s Unacceptable That ‘An Acceptable Loss’ Has Strong Cast With A Weak Script

Actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter have had an exceptional year in film last year. Jamie Lee Curtis starred in one of the highest grossing box office horror films in 2018 with Halloween and Tika Sumpter starred in one of the Tyler Perry’s non-Madea movies Nobody’s Fool along with the perpetually hilarious Tiffany...

Review: ‘CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion’ Examines the Depictions of People with Disabilities in Hollywood

A spellbinding and disheartening documentary by director Jenni Gold, reveals the exclusions of people with disabilities in Hollywood. Her work titled CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion — explores how people with disabilities are perceived as well as their own perceptions of themselves as a marginalized group. Should we treat disabled people with care or treat...

Review: ‘Escape Room’ is the Ultimate Game of Survival

Written by: Tejah Wilson Escape Room is a refreshing thriller that plays around with the idea of “what ifs” as it centers around six strangers who struggle to escape life-threatening escape rooms.  Strangers, who at first glance seem to have nothing in common, are invited to come together and compete for $1,000,000. The challenge is to...

Review: ‘State Like Sleep’ Explores Suicide and Grief with a Tender Gaze

American Katherine Grant (Katherine Waterston) returns to her old home in Brussels a year after the suicide of her famous Belgian actor-husband Stefan Delvoe (Michiel Huisman). She returns only because she learns her mother Elaine (Mary Kay Place) is in the hospital there with a blood clot. After being forced back into her old...

Review: Are We Ready for ‘Bandersnatch’ and Interactive Film as a Genre?

I waited up for the Netflix release of the film Bandersnatch in the early morning hours Friday. It dropped at 2 AM CST, too late for me to hang. I dozed and missed several decisions, having stayed up too late to watch a movie. I waited until the next day to give it a...

Review: ‘Welcome to Marwen’ is Two Films Fighting for One Screen Space

Robert Zemeckis is well known for his blending of live-action and animation. Unfortunately, and in a few different ways, Welcome to Marwen does not stay one seamless film throughout. The story of Mark Hogancamp, adapted for the big screen, often clashes with the motion capture integration of the art installation the man used as...