“Searching” is a gimmick

When the premise of your film is that the entire story takes place on a screen, whether it be a Macbook or television or security camera, you're naturally boxed into a corner in terms of story. So while the story you craft is reasonably strong, "Searching" remains a gimmick of the highest order. After her... Continue Reading →

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“Bad Times at the El Royale” style over substance, fun over boring

Part Tarantino homage, part paperback dime mystery novel, part cultural examination, "Bad Times at the El Royale" is a lot of fun, a lot of nonsense and a lot of style. Set over the course of one night with intermittent flashbacks, the story takes place at the El Royale motel in 1969 as singer Darlene... Continue Reading →

“Vice” a sloppy yet fun movie

Much like writer-director Adam McKay's "The Big Short", "Vice" focuses on a comedic slant to dire modern world repercussions. In this case, it's notorious Vice President Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), who is pushed by his wife, Lynne (Amy Adams), to become a power mad central figure in President George W. Bush's (Sam Rockwell) cabinet. After... Continue Reading →

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