Reel Reviews

Venom: A Symbiosis of Action and Horror!


October is now upon us, which means it’s time for horror films to hit the theaters. A time for monsters, ghosts, and psycho-killers to stalk the screen. A time for viewers to leap out of their seats and drop their popcorn. So, why am I reviewing what looks to be a superhero movie? And a Marvel one at that? Well, […]

Christopher Robin: The Most Heartwarming Movie of 2018


In the 1920s, English author A.A. Milne released a series of short stories about the adventures of a teddy bear named Winnie the Pooh and his woodland friends, but most especially, his human companion Christopher Robin. In 1961, the rights to these characters were sold to Walt Disney Productions, and for better or worse, Disney turned the Winnie the Pooh […]

Ocean’s 8: Waste of Talent & Time


The original “Ocean’s 11” was released in the year 1960. It starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Angie Dickinson. Forty-one years later, a remake was made under the same name, except written as: “Ocean’s Eleven.” It starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Three years later, these three made a sequel, […]

Avengers – Infinity War: The Must-See Film of the Year!


“Avengers – Infinity War” marks the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s by far the biggest one to date. If you consider yourself a fan of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, or the Guardians of the Galaxy, then “Avengers – Infinity War” is a film you cannot afford to miss. However, […]

Isle of Dogs: Artistic, Appealing, and Absolutely Amazing!


“Isle of Dogs” takes place in a dystopian Japan of Megasaki City. An outbreak occurs where a dog flu virus affects the entire population of canines. Because of this, the Mayor of Megasaki has the entire dog population banished to an island of trash and wreckage. Six months after the event, twelve-year-old Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin) flies to the island […]

Ready Player One: A Virtual Scavenger Hunt


Based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, “Ready Player One” takes place in the year 2045. The Earth has become ruined by pollution, corruption, and climate change, but the people have found a way to escape the hideous state of their imperfect lives by spending their days in a virtual online gaming world known as […]

Phantom Thread: A Well-Sewn Crew Fails to Hold the Plot Together


“Phantom Thread” follows the story of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), a renowned dressmaker in 1950’s London. With the help of his sister, Cyril (Lesley Manville), Woodcock lives a fastidious life tuned to his art and schedule; and like his art, he prefers everything to be woven into place as he sees it. His life takes a turn, however, when he […]

Black Panther: The First African Superhero Comes to the Big Screen!


The Black Panther is a Marvel Comics superhero created back in 1966 by famed comic creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. While not the first African character to appear in comic books, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creation went on to become the first ever African Superhero to appear in mainstream American comics. It’s been 52 years since making his […]

The Shape of Water: A Modern Monster Movie that Melts the Heart


Every good director has a known genre and style that becomes affiliated and expected from their directing. There’s Steven Spielberg— who is known for making enriching and sometimes whimsical adventure and fantasy films for audiences of all ages. Quentin Tarantino—who’s earned acclaim for telling extremely violent but well-rounded narratives for adult audiences. And then there’s Guillermo del Toro—writer, director, and […]

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