Whatever you do, do not watch “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Do not take your kids to see “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” You might have residual feelings of nostalgia about the original 1996 “Space Jam,” starring Michael Jordan and the cartoon cast of the "Looney Toons," but do not let this cloud yo…

Disney Pixar recently dropped their latest animated feature, “Luca,” a folksy summer fairy tale about a fish boy who braves the surface land disguised as a human to learn more about the greater unknown world. Sound familiar? Yes, there’s a lot of “The Little Mermaid” in this conceit, but wit…

Taylor Sheridan established his brand as a screenwriter of rural crime fiction with a series of tense thrillers such as “Sicario,” Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” and “Wind River,” which he also directed. These hard-boiled stories capture morality struggles among amoral circumstances, c…

Haunted pants. That is the premise of the new independent film acquired by the horror streaming app, Shudder. “Slaxx” aims to critique the inherent contradictions within compassionate capitalism or the fluffy PR surrounding conscious corporatism. Terms like “non-GMO” and “fair trade” are sla…

Godzilla versus King Kong is a concept that does not need much justification. They’re massive animals who destroy cities, and even though you have to shrink Zilla or add a few hundred feet to Kong’s stature to make it work, audiences deserve to see these beasts battle on the big screen. In 1…

Chloe Zhao paints a moody landscape of the American West with her new film “Nomadland.” Her latest project, now available to stream on Hulu, captures the lives of communal travelers who willingly live their final years on the road. They work odd jobs to supplement whatever income or Social S…

Pete Docter has become the emotional guy over at Disney’s Pixar. Starting with “Monsters Inc” but fully realized with the devastating “Up” and the complex yet tender “Inside Out,” Docter’s voice within the studio — generally known for its emotional storytelling — is singular and impactful. W…

The core of every great story is a character arc. For this reason, most screenplays focus on a point where the main character learns something about themself or the world they inhabit. In this regard, nothing could be more immediate and personal than the story of a man’s journey from rock mu…

Sweet, delightfully cheesy, and fun, Hulu’s newest release “Happiest Season”, is a sweet, funny Christmas rom-com. Starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as the leading couple, the film is a perfect, escapist holiday flick. Charming and idyllic, “Happiest Season” finds itself right at …

Aneesh Chaganty’s latest thriller, the Hulu original film “Run,” combines the claustrophobic intensity of “Misery” and “Rear Window” with the complicated and sometimes over-the-top mother/daughter dynamics of “Mother Dearest.” These influences come together to form a 90-minute potboiler that…

Recently released to Netflix with much anticipation, “The Devil All the Time,” based upon the book of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock, follows the story of a boy and his family in a small town in the middle of the 20th century. With Tom Holland as the lead character, the strong supportin…

Netflix recently revived Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking play, “The Boys in the Band,” one of the first productions to portray gay characters living gay lives and discussing contemporary gay issues. After premiering off-Broadway in 1968, William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”) directed the film adap…

A modern interpretation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel and much respected 1940 film adaptation, Netflix’s “Rebecca” brings little more to the table than gorgeous sets and costumes. Like many Netflix films before it, the sleek and unimpressive editing, script and direction do the film…

Marvel’s “The New Mutants” was intended to be released just before movie theaters shut down in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus. Marketed as a darker, more mature spin-off of Marvel’s “X-Men” series, the “New Mutants” was highly anticipated. With a crew of well-regarded Hollywood…