Black Panther

Black Panther is a movie that falls in a strange place for me. As I left the theater after having watched it, I found myself without any strong feelings — either positive or negative — about it. It’s a serviceable superhero film that makes an admirable attempt at addressing the social themes that its central […]

Justice League

**** Update: November 26, 2017. While star ratings are not a normal part of my reviews, as you’ll see below, I originally gave Justice League a star rating of 2 & 1/2 stars out of 4 to help clarify my feelings towards it. After seeing the movie a second time, I still stand by my […]

Thor: Ragnarok

There’s no better cinematic experience than being won over by a movie you had doubts about. I have issues with the prior two Thor movies, which both, to some extent, squandered the kind of cosmic bombast and grandeur that a Thor movie is capable of in exchange for pedestrian storytelling that places the God of […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming

For those keeping track, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second reboot of the Spider-Man series in the last half-decade (the third version of this movie franchise overall in modern times). After the decidedly lukewarm reception to the two The Amazing Spider-Man films, the folks over at Sony elected to create a new Spider-Man series that was more […]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Growing up, I was an enormous fan of the Captain Underpants books by author Dav Pilkey. Their unique brand of wit, humor, and creativity (e.g., allowing the reader to employ primitive animation in the books through a technique hilariously referred to as Flip-O-Rama) really struck a chord with me. And while I have long since aged out […]

Wonder Woman

There was a great deal riding on this summer’s Wonder Woman. This is the female superhero, above all others; in and of itself that puts a lot of pressure on the filmmakers to make a good film about her, one that is not only entertaining but also respectful to the essence of her character. It doesn’t help that […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit the summer it came out. Though most audiences were unfamiliar with its Marvel Comics source material, the film’s fresh combination of Star Wars-style visuals, endearing characters, raunchy humor, and a retro 60s/70s soundtrack won them over in droves. More broadly, in addition to being another feather in […]