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.
This is s non-spoiler review of “Widows” starting Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and more!
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 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
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” starring Zac Efron, Lilly Collins, Kaya Scodelario, and more!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane is often credited by film scholars, historians, and reviewers as the best film ever made.
Set in early 18th century England, Abigail enters the Queen's domain to become a servant in assistance to her cousin, Sarah, who is governing the country as the Queen has fallen ill. During Abigail's stay, things between the three grow to be complicated as trust, loyalty and love are in question.
Finally picking up the original together with its 1994 remake, Benjamin Cox is able to make a direct comparison between two Christmas classics. Does it have what it takes to still be a Yuletide favourite?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
I love romance! I've decided to start reviewing books and movies on the level of how much romance there is and how well it was done. My first article will be a review of the movie 'Love, Simon' and on how romantic it was.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Dumplin’” starring Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush, and more!
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.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “All the Money in the World” starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, and more!
Meredith Danluck provides a fitting enigmatic mood for a drama that intrigues starring an impressive Katherine Waterston, but fails to provide a worthwhile reason to waste an hour and 45 minutes of your life. Also stars Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, and Michiel Huisman.
A case study of the postmodern romantic comedy '(500) Days of Summer' and its peculiar narrative that subverts the conventions of the genre.
A psychological interpretation of The Godfather Waltz. The trumpet is The Godfather. Analysing why The Godfather Waltz is the most dangerous of dances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like Me is a divisive film. Just read the reviews on IMBd and see that some really didn't appreciate this one. I found it tense and multi-layered. I also came up with some theories of each character. Mockler hates the internet so the clues were hard to find.
What could have been a very basic film about love and fortitude is an unusually timid story that embraces subtlety and makes louder statements with what’s not being said rather than what actually is.
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.
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.
Barry Jenkins directs an ensemble cast in one of the most heartfelt, important films of 2016. Will Moonlight shine brightly for many years to come, or be eclipsed by its awards competition?
Spun is another movie about meth addiction. It tries to have an even more flashy aesthetic than Requiem for a Dream, which combined with its more comic moments also makes it lighter to swallow. It's still much about lowlife, high speed drug addiction, but less of the horrible drama.
Not normally a fan of real-life-based films, Benjamin Cox finds his interest piqued by the first decent film about Formula One. Can Ron Howard do for motor racing what 'Apollo 13' did for space flight?
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Operation Finale” starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, and more!
Are you looking for movies like The Fault in Our Stars? You've landed on a perfect spot. Let's take a look at some similar films.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Hell or High Water” starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, and more!
"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 film is rather a concise version that makes no judgement against anyone. It should be noted that although the version that the film offers is quite attached to reality, it is not a documentary but a recreation of what happened that manages to stick to the story's core.
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?
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.
Daniel Day-Lewis remains the only man to earn three Best Actor awards, and though he won’t win a fourth (Gary Oldman is a stone-cold lock to win this year for his stellar turn in Darkest Hour), it ...
This is an analysis of the movie "Never Let Me Go." Meaning in the movie "Never Let Me Go." "Never Let Me Go" movie analysis. "Never Let Me Go" movie meaning.
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.
“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....
When a drug addicted and alcoholic musician, Jackson Maine, discovers an up and coming singer, Ally, in a bar one night, he finds a rekindled passion in his music as they slowly fall for one another. From there, he must battle his own demons while she becomes a star on the rise.
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...
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...
This is a non-spoiler review of "Tulip Fever" starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, and more!
Abby Johnson realizes the true horrors of Planned Parenthood. What she sees... changes everything. Supposedly. *WARNING* There is some graphic imagery displayed within this article pertaining to certain scenes that occur in the movie involving abortions. You have been warned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monster maestro Guillermo del Toro directs this fantasy romance flick, telling a transcendent love story where Sally Hawkins delivers a performance that may come out in the shape of an Oscar.
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.
Back in my 2011 review of Garry Marshall’s slog-fest New Year's Eve, I bemoaned how little of the film made any sense, including the fact that Zac Efron turned in one of the better performances among a cast including Oscar winners/nominees Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Lithgow, and ...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Searching for movies like Friends With Benefits? Check out this list and watch more romantic comedy movies!
A technical and thematic comparison of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats The Soul & Barry Jenkins' Moonlight.
Are you heartbroken? Are you stressed to the max? Here are 10 films that were designed to make you bawl your eyes 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
The 25 best romantic movies are films about love, loss, and forgiveness. Watch one with your sweetheart or best friend.
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!)
This is a non-spoiler review of “Mary Queen of Scots” starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, and more!
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Welcome to Marwen” starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Merritt Wever, and more!
A little-known film from a country not known for producing global blockbusters, Nam Ron's crime drama One Two Jaga demonstrates that quality filmmaking can bloom in Malaysia despite its lack of commercial success or local conventionalism.
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.
Two brothers perform a series of bank robberies to save their Texas ranch, by stealing from the very same bank that owns the mortgage on it.
The story of the legendarily praised band Queen and its lead singer Freddy Mercury... which seems to be relatively generic.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Wakefield” starring Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Victoria Bruno, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “The Upside” starting Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, and more!
Six heartwarming and heartbreaking romantic movies similar to the tear-jerking blockbuster, "Titanic."
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has had the true crime community buzzing since news of the film was first announced, but now that it has been released, does it live up to our expectations?
My opinions on the Mel Gibson directed 2016 biographical war film starring Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer and many other talents.
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.
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.
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.
Boy meets girl. Girl falls for boy. Boy takes girl to Singapore to meet his ridiculously rich family at a wedding where they constantly judge and berate her for being an outsider of their social circle. Girl is in some serious trouble!
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.
Bound, gagged, and thank the almighty French tickler in the sky this franchise is finally over. Fifty Shades Freed ruins your romantic escapades this Valentine's Day.
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
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.”
This charming and wonderfully old-fashioned movie harks back to the golden age of Hollywood and the battle between silent and sound films. Benjamin Cox can't keep being quiet about this largely silent smash for too long.
The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history.
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.
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.
My analysis after looking at this film again as an adult, like most people my age with nothing better to do.
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.
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.
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.
Leaving Las Vegas is about damaged characters with substance abuse issues. The movie is carried by Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue. It deserves to be watched, even if you just want to see Cage during his prime.
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?
This is a non-spoiler review of “A Star Is Born” starring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, and more!
Makings of a love story. Makings of an epic love story. Epic love story characteristics. Epic love story elements. Elements of an epic love story. Epic love story. Epic love stories. Love stories.
This article suggests a list of the 10 best movie dramas about Los Angeles, California. A synopsis for each movie is provided.
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.
Come with me as I look back at Madonna's most controversial film, the infamous sex thriller known as Body Of Evidence...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Megan Leavey” starring Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, and more!
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.
Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" has been made and remade several times since it was written. This latest version, directed by Kenneth Branagh, may find a new experience for the Agatha Christie fan.
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.
Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, is a story about the isolating effects of racism in 1950’s America transitioning into the ever-evolving efforts of 1960’s integration.
Leading the way this year with 10 Oscar nominations, this deeply personal and controversial movie came out of nowhere to surprise everyone. Benjamin Cox included.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and more!
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.
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!
Modern warfare is mostly conducted by long-range means these days. This film gives a face to those on the ground who live in war zones
If you go out of your way to watch predictable patriotic puke, then this war drama is now playing in theaters for you to throw your hard earned American currency at.
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.
Here's a list of movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower that reflect the struggles and adventures of young adolescence.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
'Adaptation' is a film about the difficulty of adapting a challenging book into a film. Nicholas Cage plays a screen writer in his struggles to adapt a book with no real story into a work of cinema.
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?
This is a non-spoiler review of “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, and more!