‘Coffee And Kareem’ Review- Needs Less Cream

Directed by Michael Dowse, ‘Coffee And Kareem’ is an alleged action-comedy that takes the buddy cop genre and tries to put a new spin on it.  James Coffee (Ed Helms) is a bumbling Detroit cop who is dating a single-mother nurse named Vanessa Manning (Taraji P. Henson). When her son Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) spots…

‘Hobbs And Shaw’ Review- Brains, Brawn, And British Accents

‘Hobbs & Shaw‘ is the first spin-off from the ‘Fast And Furious’ franchise directed by David Leitch. It was released in 2019 by Universal Pictures based on a screenplay by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce. MI6 Agent Hattie Shaw’s (Vanessa Kirby) team is wiped out by Brixton (Idris Elba), a cybernetically-enhanced assassin. To stop him…

‘The Decline’ Review- Declining To Keep My Interest

Directed by Patrice Laliberté, this French-Canadian thriller ‘The Decline‘ is made by Couronne Nord and distributed through Netflix. It had its premiere at the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma film festival under its original title ‘Jusqu’au déclin.’ There are some minor spoilers in this review. Antoine (Guillaume Laurin) is a wannabe survivalist living in rural Quebec. He…

‘The Death Of Stalin’ Review- A Satire Of Tyranny

Directed by Armando Iannucci, ‘The Death Of Stalin’ is a British dark comedy that satirizes the chaos that ensued following the death of Soviet Union despot Joseph Stalin. After receiving a harsh note from pianist Maria Yudina (Olga Kurylenko), Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) reads it and has a cerebral hemorrhage and dies.…

‘Extraction’ Review- Hemsworth Brings The Boom. Literally.

Produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, the Netflix action film “Extraction” is directed by Sam Hargrave and co-produced by Chris Hemsworth who also stars in the movie. Australian mercenary Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is tasked by his organization to rescue jailed Indian drug lord Ovi Mahajan Sr.’s (Pankaj Tripathi) son Ovi, Jr. (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) from…

‘Onward’ Review- Two Brothers And A Half Dad On A Quest

‘Onward‘ is an urban fantasy animated film from Pixar Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, two well-known fixtures of Pixar. In a world of mythical creatures, the elves, centaurs, cyclops, and other creatures use to practice magic, but after technology advances, the world becomes simpler…

‘My Valentine’ Review- Pop Stars And Abusive Managers

‘My Valentine‘ is a Hulu original and part of their “Into The Dark” series, created with Blumhouse. It is a horror feature written and directed by Maggie Levin with music by Keeley Bumford and Mark Hadley. Pop singer Valentine Fawkes (Britt Baron) is forced to watch as ex-boyfriend and manager Royal (Benedict Samuel) shamelessly plasters…

‘Stargirl’ Review- No, Not The DC Comics Hero

Based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli, ‘Stargirl‘ is a Walt Disney Pictures original drama film directed by Julia Hart and released widely through Disney Plus. I have not read the book, so this review will focus on the film. Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) is attending high school in Arizona where he and his mother…

‘Lost Girls’ Review- Ripples Of A Crime Unsolved

Based on the book of the same name, ‘Lost Girls‘ dramatizes the story of Mari Gilbert and the questions surrounding her daughter’s disappearance and murder at the hand of the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK). The movie is directed by Liz Garbus and made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and widely released…

‘Spenser Confidential’ Review- Plenty Of Boston Accents

Mark Wahlberg co-produces and stars in ‘Spencer Confidential,’ a Netflix action-comedy based on a fictional novel by author Ace Atkins. Peter Berg takes over the director’s chair, making this his fifth collaboration with Wahlberg. Former Boston police officer Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) gets out of prison after serving five years for assaulting his superior Captain John…

‘Color Out Of Space’ Review- Unsettling And Weird

Horror director Richard Stanley returns to the director’s chair after an over twenty-year absence with ‘Color Out of Space,’ a film from SpectreVision and RLJE Films, based on the short story “The Colour Out of Space” by H. P. Lovecraft. According to Stanley, this is meant to be the first in a trilogy of Lovecraft…

‘Horse Girl’ Review- What Was That?

Alison Brie and director Jeff Baena co-wrote and co-produced Horse Girl, a psychological thriller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released widely to audiences through Netflix. Sarah (Alison Brie) is a shy and awkward sales associate at a fabric store run by her friend Joan (Molly Shannon). Since she has few friends,…

‘Changeland’ Review- Good Vibes All Around

Seth Green goes the extra mile in Changeland, which he starred in, wrote, and made his directorial review. Released by Gravitas Ventures, the film is drama but also has several comedic moments. Brandon (Seth Green) meets his best friend Dan (Breckin Meyer) in Thailand, where he reveals that he discovered his wife has been cheating…

‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Review- Spin Dash Into Fun

Sonic The Hedgehog is directed by Jeff Fowler and based on the SEGA video game franchise of the same name. It was released by Paramount Pictures. It was originally supposed to be released in November 2019, but after backlash from the original trailer, it was pushed back to 2020 for redesigns. Sonic (Ben Schwartz) is…