Review: 'Escape Room' is a surprisingly fresh take on a bland premise

Review: 'Escape Room' is a surprisingly fresh take on a bland premise

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

Setting a thriller around escape rooms is a so-trendy-it-hurts premise. The bluntly titled Escape Room pulls off being a better than average movie anyway.

10 Legendary Hollywood Directors Returning in 2019

10 Legendary Hollywood Directors Returning in 2019

BY: Martin Hoffstepper 

Hollywood’s veteran elite have returned to take advantage of the generous climate. Here’s what some of them are up to in 2019:

Review: 'Vice' is very good at making us laugh at things that shouldn't be funny

Review: 'Vice' is very good at making us laugh at things that shouldn't be funny

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

Vice could easily have been a dry docudrama with trailers that indicated something more formal, closer to the typical biopic. Leave it to Adam McKay to infuse it with even more of the inventive, mercurial stylization that characterized 2015’s The Big Short.

Review: Mortal Engines is best when it plows through the plot

Review: Mortal Engines is best when it plows through the plot

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

Mortal Engines is a movie about giant cities on wheels that eat each other. It doesn’t get much higher concept than that. As bonkers as the premise is, the story that takes place in it is still familiar and derivative. The movie is at its best when it plows through plot points and immerses itself and its audience in the environment and imaginative visuals. When it slows down, usually for exposition or a flashback, Mortal Engines fails to justify itself

Kevin Hart & The Oscars Scramble

Kevin Hart & The Oscars Scramble

BY: Martin Hoffstepper 

Hart’s response to the controversy was a controversy in and of itself. The comedian took immediate flak from social media communities for an apparent refusal to apologize, an irrevocably damning move in the #MeToo era.

Review: A Prayer Before Dawn

Review: A Prayer Before Dawn

By:Evan Todd-McCoy

A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of British boxer Billy Moore’s time in a Thai prison. It could have been “just” a boxing movie or redemption story, instead director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire is more interested in using cinema for its unique storytelling capabilities than he is in telling a conventional story.