Hollywood Reviews

THE STRANGERS: CHAPTER 1 Review: Why Are You Doing This?

Those lamenting the dearth of originality in films in this epoch of remakes/reboots/reimaginings/requels, etc find no challenge to their despair in Renny Harlin’s The Strangers: Chapter 1. The first of a planned – and already completed – trilogy of films...

IF Review: John Krasinski's Muddled, Moving Fantasy-Drama

Ryan Reynolds stars in writer/director John Krasinski's latest film.

Now Streaming Review: THE BIG CIGAR, Rude, Rowdy, Righteous

Andre Holland stars as activist Huey P. Newton, with Alessandro Nivola as film producer Bert Schneider. Tiffany Boone, P.J. Byrne, and Marc Menchaca, also star in the Apple TV+ limited series.

Now Streaming: BLOOD OF ZEUS S2, The Gods Get Gory

Derek Phillips, Elias Toufexis and Fred Tatasciore star in an animated action series, now streaming on Netflix.

REGINALD THE VAMPIRE S2 Review: Forget the Stereotypes, Bring the Slushies

Jacob Batalon stars in the SyFy horror-comedy series, created by Harley Peyton, based on Johnny B. Truant's 'Fat Vampire' book series.

KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Review: A Disappointing Devolution of the Species

Planet of the Apes, one of the longest running and most consistent science fiction film series in cinema history, returns this week with its tenth entry, Wes Ball’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Diving back into the world...

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Review: Deft, Stylish, Emotional

Matt Reeves completed the trilogy with dexterous style and an emotional approach to a weighty subject, developing into the best 'Apes' movie ever, as of 2017.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Review: Bold and Brash

Review by Jason Gorber. There will be plenty of hyperbole flung about in celebration of this film with the joy and abandon of an ape playfully lobbing his poop at an appreciative audience. Yet like the scatological simian show at...

DARK MATTER Review: Of Twists, Turns, and Alternate Lives

Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Connelly, Alice Braga, and Jimmi Simpson star in Blake Crouch's mind-twisting series, debuting on Apple TV+.

POOLMAN Review: Earnest Performances Almost Save a Misguided Comedy-Noir

A few years ago, I was taking an Uber back to my airbnb in Los Angeles; the driver, it turns out, was something of a conspiracy theorist. At first he was just telling me about the politics of the city,...

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Reviews: Surprisingly Good

With the newest installment, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, just days away, it's a good time to revisit a film that surprised many of us, including the studio, I suspect, since it pushed the release date until early...

THE FALL GUY Review: A Rousing Crowd Pleaser

David Leitch has had ups and downs since co-directing John Wick a decade ago. While he's always been an incredibly talented action filmmaker, courtesy of his background as a stunt performer and coordinator, his apparent passion for mixing action and...

CHALLENGERS Review: Not Challenging to Enjoy

What should I tell you about Challengers? Perhaps that it's not as much about tennis as you may think, and that it is also not as gay as you think. Or that the performances were great, and the music by...

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ Review: Haunted By Loss

Harvey Keitel, Jonah Hauer-King, Anna Prochniak, and Melanie Lynskey star in the Holocaust series, inspired by true events, debuting on Peacock TV.

THE BIG DOOR PRIZE S2 Review: Entering The Next Stage

Chris O'Dowd, Gabrielle Dennis, Ally Maki, Damon Gupton, Josh Segarra, Crystal Fox, Sammy Fourlas and Djouliet Amara star in the Apple TV Plus series.

THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE Review: Real-Life WWII Superspies Get the Guy Ritchie Treatment

With three films in four years, Guy Ritchie (Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, The Wrath of Man) has proven himself nothing if not prolific, specifically of broadly appealing, easily digestible, ultimately forgettable entertainments. As surface-deep as...

ABIGAIL Review: Ballet Gets Bloody Entertaining

It's a juggling act to get an entertaining horror film - one that's fun, funny, yet still scary, with a good share of violence and gore, a decent story with snappy dialogue, and a monster that an audience can root...

TO DIE FOR 4K Review: This Film Kills

Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Casey Affleck commit murder for fame and sex in Gus Van Sant's frigid satire.

Now Streaming: FRANKLIN, Tim Van Patten Elevates Historical Series

Michael Douglas stars as Benjamin Franklin, celebrity diplomat, in the limited series, debuting globally on Apple TV+.

Now Streaming: FALLOUT, Jonathan Nolan Elevates Video Game Series to High Art, Briefly

Ella Purnell, Aaron Moten, and Walton Goggins star in the Prime Video series.