Red Sparrow (2018) Review

Phil Brown

Phil Brown is a film critic, comedy writer, and filmmaker who can be found haunting theaters and video stores throughout Toronto.

Red Sparrow (2018) Review 1

Red Sparrow (2018) Review

It’s time to give credit where credit is due and rank Francis Lawrence amongst the worst filmmakers currently working in Hollywood. After all, the guy somehow managed to ruin Alan Moore’s brilliant British supernatural sleuth in Constantine, completely missed the point of Richard Matheson’s masterpiece I Am Legend, and made three Hunger Games sequels so […]
Netflix Movie Review: Mute 1

Mute (2018) Review

For some reason, there seems to be an explosion of dystopian science fiction flicks these days. Well, it’s not for some reason. Dark and paranoid times tend to be reflected in films, even if by accident. So in the same twelve-month period where Blade Runner got an unexpected sequel, Netflix keeps dropping dystopian series and […]
Mom and Dad (2017) Review

Mom and Dad (2017) Review

We all love art, but sometimes what you really need to scratch that movie itch is some good trash. Like, say, perhaps a movie about a world where parents start suddenly murdering their children for no particular reason. Boy that sounds like a trashy good time, doesn’t it? Did I mention that movie also stars […]
Annihilation (2018) Review

Annihilation (2018) Review

Coming into Annhilation, Alex Garland was in a special position as a filmmaker. His directorial debut Ex Machina was instantly beloved and did unexpectedly well at the box office. Toss in a screenwriting background that included the underrated duo of Dredd and Sunrise as well as the movie that started the 2000s zombie revival (28 […]
Early Man (2018) Review

Early Man (2018) Review

Any time Aardman animation releases a new project is a cause for celebration. The studio that created Wallace And Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, and Chicken Run takes their time between projects.
Black Panther (2018) Review

Black Panther (2018) Review

Black Panther is a movie that Marvel needed to make. It’s one that they wanted to make. It’s one that we all saw coming and has been hyped to the peak of Disney’s marketing powers. However, it’s also a film that could have so easily gone wrong. After all, this is a black superhero given […]
Before We Vanish (2017) Review 1

Before We Vanish (2017) Review

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Japanese filmmaker who has never been conventional in his approach to the genres that made his name. His most famous titles—like Pulse and Curse—may have attracted an audience through their supernatural shenanigans and blood-letting, but they made a mark due to the deep sense existential dread and themes about the human […]
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Review

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Review

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure not only wraps up a deeply mediocre trilogy of dystopic teen moodiness, but draws the whole cinematic trend and subgenre to a close at long last. It started with The Hunger Games, a genuinely solid movie that expanded into an increasingly dull franchise, but nonetheless made a fortune by […]
Altered Carbon (Pilot Review): Sci-fi Knock Off Central 1

Altered Carbon – Episode 1.1: “Out of the Past” Review – Sci-fi Knock Off Central

The new sci-fi blockbuster Netflix series Altered Carbon doesn’t waste much time announcing its style and scale. Following a slithery and slick CGI opening credits sequence of a developing newborn, we’re shoved head first into this would be sci-fi headtrip. There’s a revolution, there’s a heady cloning system. There’s a dystopia. There are laser guns. […]
12 Strong (2018) Review 1

12 Strong (2018) Review

If you’re going to make a film based on a true life tale of military heroism, then you’d better cram in as many pointless explosions as possible and hire Thor, General Zod, and Ant-Man’s best friend to headline. That’s the sort of thinking that goes through the head of producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Con Air, Pirates […]


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