Review: Creed II

Review: Creed II

By: Evan Todd-McCoy

Though Creed writer-director Ryan Coogler has moved on, he left Creed 2 in capable hands. This time, relative newcomer Steven Caple Jr. directs a script written by franchise and role originator Sylvester Stallone with the help of Juel Taylor. Together, they create a worthy follow-up.

Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

By: Evan Todd-McCoy

This film is another in a long line of iterative experiments that the Coen Brothers have made to explore the intersections of comedy and misanthropy. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs dances effortlessly into and out of the comedy mode, but maintains as mean an edge as any of their other work. Viewers caught unawares, expecting another True Grit, may be alienated by the tone or by how dark the Coens are willing to go.

Review: Widows transcends the conventional caper movie

Review: Widows transcends the conventional caper movie

By: Evan Todd-McCoy

Widows transcends the conventional caper movie and feels more like a full season of The Wire condensed into one expertly-made film. Though you could compare it to something like Heat, it goes beyond that with its firm attention on intersections of American life. Through the eyes of its female leads, we see the consequences women face when they become disposable pawns in power games played by weak, corrupt men.

Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

By: Pat Coyle-Simmons

To say the hype in regards to the release of Bohemian Rhapsody was high following the debut of it’s teaser trailer would be an understatement. Queen is one of the most popular bands to ever grace the Earth, with their music still being considered by most as timeless. At their peak the band were revolutionary, and at their lowest they were still Queen.

Review: Outlaw King

Review: Outlaw King

By: Evan Todd-McCoy

Director David Mackenzie brings the same dynamic camera work, attention to detail, and muscular approach to character, plot, and theme as in his most recent (but far more intimate) film, Hell or High Water. Being Scottish himself, there's a strong sense his raw love for his homeland in the sweeping shots of the sublime landscapes of Scotland.