Barely five minutes into Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, you get the palpable sense that you’re watching something truly special. Few (if any) films in a given year transcend cinema and become a masterpiece that not only demands to be seen but also earns instant status as a shining example of how powerful...
Angela Robinson writes and directs this intimate and open-minded interpretation of the Wonder Woman creator, containing a rare approach to love, as well as a standout performance from Rebecca Hall.
They should have Bring Your Dog Screenings of this like they did with Isle of Dogs. Grab yourself a helping of candy corn casserole and a huge glimpse of Christopher Lloyd's butt double, Boundaries tries to be meaningful but is mostly candy coated desperation.
Hugh Jackman exchanges his claws for a top hat and cane, as he impresses in this epic musical with extraordinary songs and production design but an overfilled and somewhat shallow story.
Find the perfect twin flame or soulmate movie to watch tonight with someone special or just on a treat-yourself evening in. Here are the best romantic movies of all time (according to me!)
A psychological interpretation of The Godfather Waltz. The trumpet is The Godfather. Analysing why The Godfather Waltz is the most dangerous of dances.
This is a non-spoiler review of “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, and more!
Here's a list of movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower that reflect the struggles and adventures of young adolescence.
Ryan Goslin plays an inner-city high school teacher with a drug problem. The story evolves when one of his students discovers his addiction and they form a friendship.
Michael Haneke's Austrian drama starring Isabelle Huppert and Jean Louis-Trintignant finally gets its theatrical release in Houston two months after the fact.
The film that launched Orson Welles' career and instantly become a classic, this is frequently cited as one of the greatest movies ever. Benjamin Cox is certainly impressed.
The Silent Child is a short film released in 2017, which won an Academy Award for it's excellent and moving portrayal of a young deaf child who is affected greatly by sign language. This film raises awareness for the importance of sign language in schools - very important film!
The Oscar-winning film, American Beauty (1999), brought the philosophical idea of existentialism to mainstream audiences. The film explores key components such as death and isolation.
An argument against adherence to the intentional fallacy in film analysis, specifically analysis of 'Raging Bull' (1980).
Denzel Washington plays captain William Whitaker, an airline pilot with an addiction problem. Did his addiction get in the way of him doing his job? How irresponsible was his behavior and does he see it himself?
The early gangster movies set the standard for all the great gangster movies that have followed. Several gangster related films were produced during the silent era of cinema.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Wakefield” starring Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Victoria Bruno, and more!
Besides the British film adaption of 'Pride and Prejudice,' there have been many movies over the years that have had similar stories. You may not have heard of them all, here are seven to consider.
The sensual decadence of a millenial yuppie. Man's materialist desire is probably at or near its peak now. Addiction is rampant in today's society. Here we have an intimate look at sexual desire going to extremes.
It is not often that you get to reinvigorate an Oscar-winning film franchise with an Oscar-winning relaunch. Creed is a most-worthy successor to Rocky.
Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane is often credited by film scholars, historians, and reviewers as the best film ever made.
Six heartwarming and heartbreaking romantic movies similar to the tear-jerking blockbuster, "Titanic."
Mel Gibson is back with a violent war film, directing Andrew Garfield as a character that doesn't fire a single bullet. Are Lionsgate execs shooting themselves in the foot in the 2017 Oscars race?
Shug Avery, a character in Steven Spielberg's 1985 American drama The Color Purple, is perceived as a woman of the world who loves to dress, party, and sport men. After hearing God speak through a song, she changes.
Clint's farewell to his favourite genre turned out to be one of the best films in his long career. Benjamin Cox saddles up and looks back at the last truly great western.
Barry Jenkins employs a subtle device to reflect what is happening on the screen; the use of color. He tells the story of Chiron visually, as well as through dialogue.
Despite ocassional editing mishaps and an unlikeable Margot Robbie character, Domhnall Gleeson and newcomer Will Tilston elevate this biopic of A.A Milne, the famous writer of Winnie the Pooh.
A star-studded crime film that offers enough to please most of us, but lacks a little in originality to become a true classic in the genre.
Jake Gyllenhaal puts in an incredibly strong performance to drive a film which follows a lot of familiar beats, but is emotionally engaging and doesn't shy away from exploring a character in depth.
Come with me as I look back at Madonna's most controversial film, the infamous sex thriller known as Body Of Evidence...
A technical and thematic comparison of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats The Soul & Barry Jenkins' Moonlight.
Searching for movies like Friends With Benefits? Check out this list and watch more romantic comedy movies!
New to the Netflix line-up and hotter than a sinner in church is teenybopper film To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Certainly not anything new or exciting but its relatability has people lined up around the block to watch it. So why is it so appealing?
It is a Sicilian message that means “Seth Tomko is comparing how Vito and Michael conduct themselves as Dons in The Godfather movies.”
Traffic tells a serious story about people and drugs at the start of the new millenium. Multiple dramatic storylines converging to a mix between despair and hope. Hope for people and the overall feeling that the war on drugs is indeed a lost cause.
The ultimate chick-flick, Dirty Dancing has plenty going for it - even for male viewers! Benjamin Cox takes to the floor and peeks underneath its skirt...
This year one of the greatest romantic dramas of all time, The Notebook, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. The film that had moviegoers dreaming of a love like Allie and Noah's has since become an iconic romance staple. Here is a list of 20 captivating facts about the beloved film.
I love movies that touch on realistic depictions of Paganism and Witchcraft, and was thrilled to stumble on this somewhat obscure film with a brilliant cast. Here's my review of the Last Keepers.
Below I discuss my 28-year-old take on the book and movie, "The Fault in Our Stars" and try to explain why it is different from other stories for teens.
A cool concept, Matt Damon, and a brilliant Hong Chau are not enough to outweigh big pacing issues and a third act that introduces one of the more unbelievable plot points in recent memory.
This is a non-spoiler review of “A Star Is Born” starring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, and more!
It’s a story of a woman’s struggle, her choices and her priorities. It’s a mother-child story, a story of love, forgiveness, and acceptance.
This is an analysis of the short 1994 film 'Emilie Muller'. It is a mystery drama that has a brilliant twist at the end. Watch the film before you read this! There is a link to the film below!
Twenty-five years after its initial release, this film still remains one of the most beloved movies of its generation. Why is that? Benjamin Cox digs deep to uncover Shawshank's secrets.
As World Cup fever sweeps the nation or something, Benjamin Cox comes off the bench to look at one of the strangest mash-up ideas ever put forward for a film. Where did he put his red card?
This is a short review of the underrated film The Door in the Floor. It is an absolute rarity that the film is seen or discussed. The story tells the story of the destruction of the Crane marriage.
The film Amadeus went on to win the Best Picture Oscar for 1984. But is it historically accurate? This article examines the historical inaccuracies and creative license taken in the film.
Casablanca is considered by some experts as Hollywood's greatest movie. The Casablanca cast excelled in their parts and the Warner Brothers movie won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1944. Here are some fun bits and pieces of trivia and behind-the-scene shenanigans from the filming of the movie.
Are you looking for movies like Dear John? You've landed on a perfect spot. Let's take a look at some of the similar movies.
Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man is a commentary on the dualities of living-life and death, Christian and pagan, and technology and nature-while deconstructing the preconceived notions of them.
I review the Queen biopic film, "Bohemian Rhapsody", which was released in theaters on November 2, 2018. It stars Rami Malek and features the rise of one of the most popular rock bands of all time.
This is the first film adaptation I've seen of Agatha Christie's famous book! Here are my thoughts on the movie!
Hundreds of actresses were considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara as producers wanted a believable Gone With The Wind movie cast. Here are eight actresses from Hollywood's golden years who tried.
Candy is decent movie about a poett with a 'creative lifestyle' that includes love for heroin. In the mix is a love story or maybe more precise a relationship filled with despair, addiction and romance.
As the story goes, the seeds for The Florida Project were planted in the spring of 2011 as screenwriter Chris Bergoch drove through Orlando. He noticed a gaggle of local kids playing wiffle ball in...
As divisive a film as he's ever come across, Benjamin Cox looks at a film that you either get or you don't. Is there more to this film than Murray's comedy and Johansson's pink wig?
Locke, 30 phone calls of modern empiricism. Limitations can enrich your story when done well. Add to that a performance that sucks you in and you have Locke.
I know we're not supposed to talk about this film but dammit, Benjamin Cox can at least tell you just how good it is! Hopefully, without giving too much away...
The South Korean action thriller "Tunnel" starring Ha Jung-woo, Doona Bae, and Oh Dal-su is currently playing in a limited theatrical run across the country. http://www.wellgousa.com/theatrical/tunnel
A little over a month ago, Kevin Hart was best known for being in way too many movies (five in 2014, two in 2015, four in 2016, three in 2017…), but then the flap about him hosting the Oscars (and subsequently stepping down) took over the news cycle, and the concern now is whether his latest...
"White Boy Rick" is just a teenage boy growing up in the suburbs of Detroit during the 1980s. He works for his dad in a questionable career of selling guns when one day the FBI sees an opportunity to use Rick in order to bring down the drug gangs that flooded the streets at the time.
The story of the legendarily praised band Queen and its lead singer Freddy Mercury... which seems to be relatively generic.
The Young Victoria, a 2008 film directed by Jean-Marc Valle and starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, and Paul Bettany, tells the story of Victoria’s ascent to the throne. The movie gives a brief depiction of Victoria’s early life and her hatred of the Kensington system, a strict set of rules placed on her by her mother and her mother’s advisor, Sir John Conroy, but the movie primarily focuses on the events that take place between 1836 and 1840, chronicling Victoria’s rise to the throne, early re
Only when you're driving! Otherwise, you might think twice about dipping your toes into this downbeat, bleak offering about the apocalypse. Benjamin Cox tries to look on the bright side.
Do you need a good pep talk? Sports movies have been giving us some of the best motivational speeches since the beginning of time. Here are 10 pep talks that encourage you to fight, persevere and always, always remain true to yourself.
How the movie "Titanic" empowers women. Women's empowerment. Titanic meaning and analysis. Psychological analysis of Titanic movie. Feminist analysis of Titanic movie. Rose deWittbukater.
It would be easy to label Widows a heist movie. Or a fierce revenge movie. Then again, maybe it’s a racially-charged flick about political corruption. Or one heck of a feminist, band-of-sisters film. Or maybe a violent movie about the haves and have-nots...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Creed II” starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, and more!
There have been many films about Vietnam and the war, but only a few are truly great films. Here's a list of the absolute best.
With a limited one-day theatrical release and a Netflix release Wednesday, June 28th, Bong Joon-ho's latest is a heartfelt masterpiece that shouldn't be missed.
Elijah Bynum's writing and directorial debut is part Scarface, part Saved by the Bell, and part The Social Network but it does little to establish any sort of identity of its own. At least Timothée Chalamet got to raid Steve from Blue's Clues closet before filming began.
Just a couple of years after its publication, Harper Lee's classic novel was adapted into a timeless film, one which would captivate audiences for generations. Benjamin Cox takes a fond look back.
Tony Lip is a wise guy Italian living in 1960s New York City working as a bouncer. Until Dr. Don Shirley, an African-American classical pianist, hires him as his personal driver to cover a tour in the South where it is not very safe for the black community. Will this trip end in anger or friendship?
The film Twelve Angry Men (1957) is full of conflict. Let's examine how each conflict is managed, which conflicts are resolved and how, along with the effects each confrontation causes in the film.
All seems to be going well for Adonis Creed after his fight with 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan; his boxing career is flourishing and his makeshift family seems closer together than ever. Until Ivan Drago and his son Viktor come to America to challenge Adonis, causing a whirlwind of conflict for everyone.
What were you doing at age 13? Chances are you weren’t sporting a leotard alongside your mom in a tag-team professional wrestling match organized by your dad. But that’s the life that Saraya Bevis knew, growing up in mid-2000s Norwich, England. Those, um, humble beginnings are the starting-off ...
This analysis of Frank Darabont's film 'The Green Mile' taken from Stephen King's book explores the symbols that pertain to the allegorical meaning of the Christian tradition.
My opinions on the Mel Gibson directed 2016 biographical war film starring Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer and many other talents.
If you've seen Colin Trevorrow's previous films and you've thought that you desired more of a giant sweaty bowl of dog turds, then look no further than The Book of Henry.
Detroit is an excruciating two and a half hours, but John Boyega, Will Poulter, and Algee Smith make the experience worthwhile.
When an unknown entity creates a global epidemic that drives people insane and forces most to commit suicide, the survivors must fend for themselves. The only way to stay alive is by not looking at the beings that are causing this apocalyptic event to occur, essentially making the whole world blind.
For many years, we strived to travel to the moon. This is the story of the man who succeeded in that mission and made the first step on the moon's surface. But in order to accomplish that goal, it took many failures to get it all right for Neil Armstrong and his team.
Lighthearted and inspiring, Donnie Yen's turn as a first time teacher with a troubled past is a positive and different turn for the Chinese superstar. The action is great and the drama masterfully plucks your heartstrings. Big Brother is mostly a grand slam that is well worth seeing.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest has Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito cast in excellent roles, do you need to know more? Who is the sane person in a society clearly insane? In the end you abide by the rules enforced by power or the world will eat you up.
The film adaptation of Jane Eyre by Cary Fukunaga devotes as much attention to the gothic aspects of the novel as it does the romance. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender deliver passionate and tender performances as Jane and Edward Rochester.
One woman whose faith guided her footsteps to a lifetime of service far from home. This is the story of Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China.
There’s certainly never been a shortage of war movies at the local cineplex.This year alone we’ve had Dunkirk, The Zookeeper’s Wife, also-rans The Wall and Megan Leavey, and the Netflix hit War ...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Mary Queen of Scots” starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, and more!
Are you heartbroken? Are you stressed to the max? Here are 10 films that were designed to make you bawl your eyes out!
Luca Guadagnino directs this light and dreamy countryside love story, starring Timothée Chalamet in a breakout performance alongside Armie Hammer's strong supporting role.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Megan Leavey” starring Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, and more!
A case study of the postmodern romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer and its peculiar narrative that subverts the conventions of the genre.
No, stop it! I know what you're thinking! This is just a film for the Dirty Mac brigade, isn't it? Well, as it turns out, Benjamin Cox thinks its ideal audience is actually another demographic - insomniacs.
If you’ve never all-you-can-eaten your way through a vacation cruise, you may well be enticed after watching Netflix’s new original dramedy Like Father, with Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell. The movie plays first and foremost like a two-hour Royal Caribbean ad, and it never shies in the least ...
TNT's dramatization of the birth of Microsoft and Apple follows the lives of Jobs and Gates as they set to change the world forever while trying to "destroy" each other.
Analysis of the 2016 musical "La La Land" through the critical lenses of ideology, Marxism, and feminism, focusing largely on the film's economic and gendered messages relative to professional ambition, the arts, and the entertainment industry.
Are you looking for movies lie Perks Of Being A Wallflower? You've landed on the perfect spot. Let's take a look at some similar movies.
A nostalgic piece of counterculture cinema. A confrontation between the hopes of a new generation and the realism of what society really expects you to be. With Easy Rider, you also get a legendary road movie soundtrack.
A Star is Born has on of the most important messages in recent film history. In this article, I will break down the ending and discuss not only the heartbreak but also the message it leaves.
This is a non-spoiler review of “All the Money in the World” starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, and more!
First-time director Garth Davis directs Dev Patel and newcomer Sunny Pawar in an incredible true story of an adopted child using Google to find his real home. Will Lion search its way to success?
Bear witness to Sam Elliott beating the snot out of three guys half his age, crying a lot, and eating breakfast sausage with his dog instead of those more interesting memories about murdering a German dictator and a bacteria carrying sasquatch. At least fancy men stay fancy.
Twenty-five years ago, we first heard of the Farrelly Brothers when they gifted us with Dumb and Dumber, which, in turn, launched a string of raunchy, juvenile comedies from the siblings, including Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene. While their movies generally involve...
Hearts Beat Loud had its premiere at Sundance back in January of 2018 and played again at SXSW in March. It is currently set for a limited June 8, 2018 release in New York and Los Angeles. It played in Houston as part of Movie Hullabaloo at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park on Saturday, April 14.
The year 2015 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the timeless classic, The Sound of Music. This article explores the values embodied in this beloved film that contribute to its epic popularity.
Henri 'Papillon' Charriere is framed for murder and sentenced to life within a penal colony in French Guiana on an island named Devil's Island. Forming an uneasy alliance with convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega in exchange for protection, Dega assists Papillon in his attempts for escape.
A recently widowed wife raising her daughter alone has come to a crisis of faith when she hits a financial struggle to keep her home. She also meets a race car driver that tries to date her.
To call Yorgos Lanthimos an acquired taste would be an insult to understatements; his movies run the gamut from squirm-inducing to downright impossible to watch. In 2015, his English-language debut The Lobster won critics’ raves and more than a handful of awards, but there were plenty of people ...
This film is Hugh Jackman's 7 year labor of love and man, was it worth the wait! This fast paced mover and shaker should've taken an Oscar. Like one of the film's musical scores declares, "This is the greatest show!" I'll tell you why.
Another attempt at converting Erich Maria Remarque classic war novel to cinema. Although in color and more recent, it doesn't live up to our expectations.
Arguably the most famous film in history, "Gone With The Wind" is a challenging movie in length and subject matter. Benjamin Cox looks back at the original blockbuster and feels a bit uncomfortable.
One of the most legendary and iconic movies in history, "Casablanca" remains one of the best after all this time. Benjamin Cox takes a look at what makes this unforgettable film so good.
Since winning the Oscar for her performance as ballerina Nina Sayers in 2010’s Black Swan, Natalie Portman’s acting career has included the so-so No Strings Attached, the horribly misguided Your ...
Money Monster is Jodie Foster's fourth directorial outing and stars George Clooney & Julia Roberts. Is it any good ?
One of the challenges of moving Shakespeare's tragedy Othello to a high school setting is that modern audiences cannot ignore the horrors of school shootings like Columbine. By "teening down" Othello, Tim Blake Nelson explores the sensitive topics of youth violence, sex, and drug use.
With a limited theatrical run in 2019, Donnybrook premiered at TIFF 2018 and played at Fantastic Fest the same year. Tim Sutton's drama film is a brutal experience with a hazy message about a twisted version of America that may be more true than we're willing to admit.
A wonderful and rousing movie adaption of Shakespeare's play Henry V, the 1989 film Henry V is also a good symbol of emergent English nationalism as shown by Shakespeare.
Huang Bo's comedy-drama is probably about 60% of what you're expecting and 40% unique. Humanity is capable of sinister things when faced with desperation. Survival instincts kick in as morality is replaced with sheer desire and greed.
Some time has passed after the events of the first movie and Grindlewald has escaped and wishes to continue his plan to use young and confused wizard Credence in order to propel his plans for a pure blood wizarding world. It is up to Newt Scamander and his friends to stop him.
Director Albert Hughes’ Alpha has bounced around more times than a Superball in a dryer—never a good sign. Initially set for release last fall, the film was postponed six months to this past March, then to September, and now here we are in August. Since it’s normally a sure sign that something is...
When a students asks a question in history class about Jesus' teachings being similar to the teachings of Ghandi, her teacher's response lands her in some deep trouble with the government.
Drugs are bad!: the musical. This film has style, a great score, excellent flow and dramatic plot. Watch Requiem for a Dream if you want to see the exaggerated downside of the drug story with hectic visuals.
A South Korean period drama taking place in 1925. Directed by Park Hoon-jung (New World) and starring Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, Lucy). Distributed by Well Go USA.
Denzel Washington directs himself and Viola Davis in the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson's beloved stage play. Will the transition work in favor of Fences? Or will the film be shut out?
The movie, A Room With a View (James Ivory, 1986) is a narrative of tensions between opposing forces; masculine and feminine, fixity and freedom, indoors and outdoors, looking and being observed. In spite of its happy ending, I detect a current of darkness underneath an otherwise sparkling narrative
Not to be confused with the 2014 documentary about Roger Ebert. This is the story of life itself with all the twists and turns that occurs within it, as well as the effects it holds on loved ones from one generation onto the next. Life... uhh uhh... finds a way. Que the Jurassic Park theme!
Described by one critic as the Citizen Kane of bad movies, can this film really live up to its wretched reputation or is it much, much worse? Benjamin Cox suddenly regrets being a critic himself.
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Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet was controversial for its depiction of teen violence in a modern world rife with gang warfare and school shootings. The film does not trivialize or sensationalize violence, but rather shows the tragic consequences of such behavior.
The sad, sincere ballad of James Fogle. Matt Dillon plays the leader of a gang of drug addicts. This movie broke necessary ground for later drug addiction movies like Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting.
It’s been more than two years since we in America watched as Lady Edith married Bertie, and Anna and Bates celebrated the birth of their first child. Downton Abbey fans, however, need not pine away, as last month it was revealed that plans are underway for a full-length feature movie. And if ...
A movie about the Edinburgh drug scene directed by Danny Boyle with a soundtrack of a generation. Memorable characters played by actors at the start of their careers. Quoteable, funny, sad, what is not to love?
While Nadine is attempting to find her place in life as the film unfolds, the character becomes more and more hypocritical and obnoxious.
My analysis after looking at this film again as an adult, like most people my age with nothing better to do.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Operation Finale” starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, and more!
“I hate anyone that isn’t white Protestant,” begins Danny Vinyard, his words permeating into the humid VeniceBeach air, drawing explicit amens from his overweight Nazi friend whose mitt of a hand captures his speech with a recorder....
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” The opening lines of Queen’s iconic song cut to the heart of what is right and what is wrong with the band’s new namesake biopic, directed most of the way by Bryan Singer and finished by the uncredited Dexter Fletcher (who came on after Singer’s ...
Francis Ford Coppola has struggled to escape the legacy of 'The Godfather' but is it really as good as they say it is? Benjamin Cox is gonna write you a review you can't refuse.
The Godfather and its sequel The Godfather II has become a part of American culture. The Godfather quotes enrich our language and travel from film to film as an homage to the original screenplays. This articles reviews some of the greatest Godfather quotes along with the movie clips.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and more!
Getting a movie theater gift card will do wonders for your daring to watch offensively awful bullshit.
MercyMe's Bart Millard's life is not a happy one, he found his escape in Christian music and learned to forgive his abusive father after he became a Christian and became the inspiration for the song "I Can Only Imagine." Is this movie worth our time even if you aren't a Christian? Let's find out!
James Mangold directs Hugh Jackman for the last time, along with Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen in a unique entry in the X-Men universe. Will it claw its way to success, or is its healing factor lost?
Nat Turner was a slave, preacher, and leader of a bloody uprising in 1831. The Birth of a Nation is based on Turner's tale and directed and starring Nate Parker in the title role.
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Guy Ritchie returns with a unique retelling of King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law. Will it be a legendary return to the screen for the King? Or is this legend destined to be forgotten?