‘Nobody’ Review- From Mundane To Mayhem

‘Nobody‘ is an action thriller directed by Ilya Naishuller and written by Derek Kolstad. It is co-produced by Bob Odenkirk and has the distinct honor of uniting critics and audiences. Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) appears to be a normal man who has a distant wife Becca (Connie Nielsen), an obstinate teen son Blake (Gage Munroe),…

‘My Son’ Review- A Kind Of Meh Thriller

‘My Son‘ is a thriller film written and directed by Christian Carion. It was made by STXfilms and streamed exclusively to Peacock. Edmond Murray (James McAvoy) returns home to Scotland after traveling abroad for his oil company upon hearing that his son has vanished from a camping trip. His ex-wife Joan Richmond (Claire Foy) has…

‘Black Island’ Movie Review

‘Schwarze Insel‘ is a German thriller film known in English as ‘Black Island.’ The movie is directed by Miguel Alexandre who co-wrote it with Lisa Carline Hofer. Jonas Hansen (Philip Froissant) loses his parents in a car accident and goes to live with his overbearing grandfather and retired academic Friedrich (Hanns Zischler) so he can…

‘Reminiscence’ Review- Already Fading From Memory

‘Reminiscence‘ is billed as a neo-noir science fiction thriller. It is directed, written, and produced by Lisa Joy in her feature directorial debut. Warner Media gave it a theatrical run before streaming it to HBO Max. Climate change has altered the climate where the coastal cities are plagued by rising waters and the rich live…

Movie Review Flashback- Nick Of Time

‘Nick of Time‘ is a thriller film directed by John Badham, who also produced it. It was written by Patrick Sheane Duncan and released through Paramount Pictures. Gene Watson (Johnny Depp) is a mild-mannered accountant returning from San Diego to Los Angeles with his daughter Lynn (Courtney Chase) following the death of his wife. As…

‘The Vault’ Review- Decent Safe-Cracking Flick

‘The Vault‘ is a heist thriller film also known by the title ‘Way Down.’ It is directed by Jaume Balagueró and was released overseas before making it over to Netflix for a wide release. Thom (Freddie Highmore) is an engineering student and prodigy who is being pressured to go into big business. He soon meets…

‘Pig’ Review- A Slowburn Tense Drama

‘Pig‘ is a drama film co-written and directed by Michael Sarnoski in his directorial debut. The movie was co-produced by Nicolas Cage and distributed by Neon. Rob (Nicolas Cage) is a man living isolated in the woods of Oregon who hunts for truffles with the help of his pet pig. He sells his small crop…

‘Sweet Girl’ Review- Not That Sweet Of A Girl

‘Sweet Girl‘ is a Netflix action film directed by Brian Andrew Mendoza and co-produced by the one and only Jason Momao. It was written by Philip Eisner and Gregg Hurwitz. Pittsburgh mom Amanda Cooper (Adria Arjona) falls ill with cancer, but her MMA fighter husband Ray (Jason Mamoa) and daughter Rachel (Isabela Merced) get the…

Movie Review- Scorched Earth

‘Scorched Earth‘ is a 2018 dystopian Western action film directed by Peter Howitt and made by the production company Lighthouse Pictures. In the future, a calamity called the Cloud Fall has led to Earth’s atmosphere becoming toxic and caused society to collapse with humanity living similarly to the days of the Old West. The surviving…

‘The Courier’ Review- Tradecraft In Spy Cinema

‘The Courier‘ is an espionage drama directed by Dominic Cooke. It was originally set to be released in 2020 and even had its premiere at that year’s Sundance Film Festival before getting a full release in 2021. The film is based on a true historical event. Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a mild-mannered British salesman…

‘Chaos Walking’ Review- Just Walk Past It

‘Chaos Walking‘ is directed by Doug Liman and based on a novel by Patrick Ness, who also co-wrote the screenplay. I have not read the book, so I will only address the film itself. In the year 2257, the Earth has sent colonists into space, and Viola (Daisy Ridley) is heading to New World to…

‘Beckett’ Review- Just Kind Of Ends

‘Beckett‘ is a Netflix thriller film directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. It had its first showing at the 2021 74th Locarno Film Festival before its release. Beckett (John David Washington) and his girlfriend April Hanson (Alicia Vikander) are vacationing in Europe when they stop in Greece. They had originally planned to stay in Athens, but…

‘Cruella’ Review- Does Disney Do Villains Anymore?

‘Cruella‘ is a Disney prequel film directed by Craig Gillespie that explores the origin story of one of their greatest villains. It is based on a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara. Estella Miller (Emma Stone) is a petty thief working with Jasper Badun (Joel Fry) and Horace Badun (Paul Walter Hauser). She engaged…

‘Annette’ Review- Unpleasant and Pretentious

‘Annette‘ is a musical drama directed by Leos Carax in his first English language feature film. It made its premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Provocative stand-up comedian Henry McHenry (Adam Driver) and celebrated opera singer Ann Desfranoux (Marion Cotillard) have a whirlwind romance leading to an odd couple situation and marriage. They soon…

‘Vivo’ Review- A Lighthearted Family Film

‘Vivo‘ is Sony Pictures’ first-ever musical animated film which had its release on Netflix. It is directed by Kirk DeMicco who also co-wrote the screenplay with Quiara Alegría Hudes. Havana, Cuba resident Andrés Hernández (Juan de Marcos González) and his kinkajou Vivo (Lin-Manuel Miranda) are beloved street musicians who bring joy to their neighbors. One…

Movie Review- Crawl

‘Crawl‘ is a 2019 creature feature horror film directed by Alexandre Aja and produced by Sam Raimi. It was written by brothers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. Haley Keller (Kaya Scodelario) is a competitive swimmer who recently did not score well. She gets a call from her sister Beth (Morfydd Clark) who warns her that a…

‘Val’ Documentary Review

‘Val‘ is an Amazon Studios documentary that follows the life of actor Val Kilmer. It is directed by Leo Scott and Ting Poo and narrated by Jack Kilmer, son of Val. The story follows Val Kilmer who just went through a terrible ordeal with throat cancer that left his voice totally destroyed. Using archival footage…