‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Delivers a Funny and Regretful Message

In his previous two films, In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, acclaimed Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has shown a unique style and tone that blends gut-wrenching comedy with bleak, heavy drama. In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, he perfects this. From the excellent performances of an outstanding cast to an incredibly strong and thoughtful script, McDonaugh’s latest is one of the year’s finest and should be strongly considered come awards … Continue reading ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Delivers a Funny and Regretful Message

‘Lady Bird’ is Greta Gerwig’s Semi-Autobiographical Ode to Teenage Self-Discovery

“Do you like me?” “Of course, I love you.” “But do you like me?” This exchange between mother and daughter is one of the many scenes in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, that will connect with the audience on a personal level. It is a coming of age story tackled with prowess, showing hatred and love, missed opportunities and second chances. The film also feels very raw, hitting you … Continue reading ‘Lady Bird’ is Greta Gerwig’s Semi-Autobiographical Ode to Teenage Self-Discovery

‘Coco’ is a Sensational, Musical Adventure Beautifully Steeped in Mexican Tradition

Following the success of last year’s Moana, Disney’s latest animated collaboration with Pixar is another exploration of a culture rarely seen on screen. Coco presents a dazzling and heartwarming coming of age tale about the importance of family with the most visually stunning animation of the year. Set during Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, the film follows Miguel, a young boy dreaming of becoming a musician. However, his family … Continue reading ‘Coco’ is a Sensational, Musical Adventure Beautifully Steeped in Mexican Tradition

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a Thrilling Tale of Mystery and Moustache

Adapting Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 presents a problem almost as perplexing as the mystery that famous fictional detective Hercule Poirot faced in the original novel. The book, by legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie (the most widely published author of all time), was originally released in 1934. Since its first days in print, the novel has become a classic, and one of Christie’s … Continue reading ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a Thrilling Tale of Mystery and Moustache

‘Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You’ is a Prime Example of Nostalgia Gone Wrong

Animated movies can appeal to both adults and children, but Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You doesn’t treat either with any respect. The film, a soft reboot made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original television series, is as dumb as a Psyduck, and as dull as a Metapod. The vast majority of the adult audience looking for a rush of nostalgia will be … Continue reading ‘Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You’ is a Prime Example of Nostalgia Gone Wrong

Maroon 5 Bring Glossy Pop Production on ‘Red Pill Blues’

Maroon 5 continues their descent into full-fledged mainstream pop on their latest release, Red Pill Blues. Gone are the days of the adult-contemporary, soft rock band that once was, making way for the glossy, perfectly produced electro-pop group. Luckily for them, their transition to being one of the most played pop bands on Top 40 radio has been relatively seamless. Helmed by falsetto-aficionado Adam Levine, Maroon … Continue reading Maroon 5 Bring Glossy Pop Production on ‘Red Pill Blues’