This is a non-spoiler review of “Hell or High Water” starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, and more!
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Tolkien” starring Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, and more!
A review of the 2019 film Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig, the latest adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel.
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 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?
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...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Hostiles” starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, and more!
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.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Dumplin’” starring Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush, and more!
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.
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
This is a non-spoiler review of “Burn Your Maps” starring Jacob Tremblay, Vera Farmiga, Marton Csokas, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Teaching movies inspire us because they are about bringing out the best in people. Teachers watch and are inspired to keep going. Others watch and think of their favourite educator.
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.
Alexander Payne's comedic drama starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Udo Kier, and Kristen Wiig will be released December 22, 2017.
This article suggests a list of the 10 best movie dramas about Los Angeles, California. A synopsis for each movie is provided.
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.
“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....
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.
Searching for movies like Friends With Benefits? Check out this list and watch more romantic comedy movies!
Once upon a time... there was a thing that happened in Hollywood with a not so happy ending. Several years later, a director named Quentin Tarantino imagined a funny little way to change history.
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.
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.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of "1917" starring Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, and more!
Vice is an American biographical comedy-drama that is written and directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short). The movie stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Amy Adams (Man of Steel), Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy) and Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2).
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 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.
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.
Alfonso Cuarón's dreamy Latino road-trip oozes warmth, sexuality and passion. Benjamin Cox examines the film and sees several parallels with his later, more successful film 'Roma'.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Mary Queen of Scots” starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the tradition of great Westerns like Unforgiven, True Grit, and The Searchers, Scott Cooper’s Hostiles arrives to remind us exactly why the genre has continued to be relevant and interesting for...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2017, we were treated to not one but two biopics about Winston Churchill. But while 'Darkest Hour' scooped up the plaudits, this film very much went under the radar despite having an equally powerhouse performance from its lead actor. Benjamin Cox takes a closer look.
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.
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.
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.
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 divisive drama made the headlines for its explicit love scenes back in 1992. But these days, Benjamin Cox thinks this tragedy is more laughable than erotic despite some great performances.
A look at Michael Corleone, the main protagonist in Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's classics. Michael's downfall is examined psychologically, as well as why Kay was so important to him.
A car crash made me blind and all I learned was how to be a sleazy scumbug in four different countries. Starring Ryan Reynolds' wife and the guy that was John Connor in the worst Terminator ever.
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.
One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces. Just watch this violent cinematic experience, there is nothing I can say that does it justice.
A review of At Eternity's Gate, the 2018 film about Vincent van Gogh's last year and a half in Arles, France. Van Gogh is brilliantly played by Willem Dafoe.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and more!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Six heartwarming and heartbreaking romantic movies similar to the tear-jerking blockbuster, "Titanic."
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 a non-spoiler review of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” starring Zac Efron, Lilly Collins, Kaya Scodelario, and more!
The 25 best romantic movies are films about love, loss, and forgiveness. Watch one with your sweetheart or best friend.
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.
Here's a list of movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower that reflect the struggles and adventures of young adolescence.
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.
By now, the secret (if it ever qualified as one) is out. Director Sam Mendes’ World War I epic 1917 is made to appear as though it is (for the most part) one, long continuous shot. What could, though, be simply tossed aside as a gimmick included solely to get people talking about the film is ...
It is a Sicilian message that means “Seth Tomko is comparing how Vito and Michael conduct themselves as Dons in The Godfather movies.”
Peter Fonda cemented his place in cinema history with his career-defining performance in a film which depicted America at a cultural crossroads. Benjamin Cox gets his motor running and heads out on a highway.
Poet. Gangsta. Thug. Visionary. Tupac Shakur was a lot of things to a lot of people, and though he was tragically cut down at age 25, he lived a full life—five ...
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “The Irishman” starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and more!
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 “Molly’s Game” starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, and more!
"The Peanut Butter Falcon" is an endearing film with plenty of heart that follows two people on two completely different paths, but together they find something in life that they both have been lacking
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.
Having recently declared "The Wrestler" as the best pro-wrestling movie in history, it's time for Benjamin Cox to examine the credentials of the Number One Contender. Fight!
This is a non-spoiler review of “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, and more!
This is a non-spoiler review of "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and more!
Assuming you haven't already, this innovative and inventive crime drama remains one of modern cinema's very best films. It also happens to be one of Benjamin Cox's absolute favourites...
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.
In the fall of 2004 former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler released his fourth solo album, the well-reviewed but ultimately-ignored Shangri-La. Its first single was a quirky little pop song ...
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 critically acclaimed and box office hit Forrest Gump was released on July 6, 1994. It earned a whopping $677 million and earned 6 Oscars, including Best Actor for Tom Hanks. In honor of its 25th anniversary, let's take a look at some heartwarming facts about the treasured film.
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...
Are you looking for some movies like The Imitation Game? It was a great movie, so it's only fitting that you're looking for some more. You've landed on the right place.
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.
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.
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.
My analysis after looking at this film again as an adult, like most people my age with nothing better to do.
Come with me as I look back at Madonna's most controversial film, the infamous sex thriller known as Body Of Evidence...
He may have started out as a guy known for the broadest of broad humor—helming the Austin Powers trilogy and the first two Meet the Parents films—but Jay Roach has since evolved into one of the more incisive contemporary directors, particularly when it comes to real-life, politically-tinged....
This classic legal drama still stands the test of time as well as it breaks with conventions with regards to how criminal cases are depicted on screen. Benjamin Cox delivers his verdict.
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?
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.
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.
The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in best known for the 210-million-gallon oil spill it caused and the fact that BP took a well-deserved PR and financial hit for ...
Long before she became a parody of herself, Gwyneth Paltrow had established herself as the American to portray a British woman. Benjamin Cox sticks his foot in the door to examine this gimmicky rom-com.
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.
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.
A psychological interpretation of The Godfather Waltz. The trumpet is The Godfather. Analysing why The Godfather Waltz is the most dangerous of dances.
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.
Crossing off another film he should have already seen by now, Benjamin Cox settles down to watch one of the most beloved sports movies in history. The question is, is it still champ or has it been knocked down early?
This is a non-spoiler review of “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, and more!
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.
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.
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 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.
Despite what you may think, you don’t need to be a speed freak or even a nominal car aficionado to get your motors revved by James Mangold’s full-throttle Ford v Ferrari. It may, in fact, be better if you’re not—the largely true-to-life film is eminently accessible for even the most novice ...
Long before Mad Max was tearing through the Outback, it was the setting for this disturbing and thought-provoking film by Nicolas Roeg. Benjamin Cox sets off on a remote and solitary adventure to investigate.
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.
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
First Love is the funniest and most entertaining Takashi Miike has ever been. The way Miike balances, humor, violence, and sheer ultra bad ass style is unprecedented and incredible. A Fantastic Fest 2019 film.
Quentin Tarantino returns with a film about the 1960s, dancing, a washed up actor, dancing, a stuntman turned chauffeur, dancing, Charles Manson, dancing, hitchhiking, and some more dancing. It's long, it's wordy, and one of the highlights is Brad Pitt talking to a dog.
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.
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.
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.
Even if you don’t know the story behind Just Mercy, the real-life legal drama that mirrors everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to A Time To Kill, you won’t have a hard time figuring out exactly what’s gonna happen at every step along the way. When you indeed know the exact destination of a ...
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.
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!
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.
Another day, another interpretation of the Joker projected onto the big screen. Is Joaquin Phoenix one of the best since the best? Or is he another name to add to the long list of Clown Princes of Crime?
While researching a forthcoming article about the greatest movie soundtracks of all time, Benjamin Cox figured it would be remiss if he didn't discuss one of the most famous films of all time - a film whose soundtrack would define its generation.
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 ...
Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane is often credited by film scholars, historians, and reviewers as the best film ever made.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Creed II” starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, and more!
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 lie Perks Of Being A Wallflower? You've landed on the perfect spot. Let's take a look at some similar movies.
1997's mega blockbuster hit Titanic took audiences and critics by storm, achieving both major critical and commercial success. It helped launched the careers of its star-crossed lovers leads, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Let's take a look at some fascinating facts about the beloved hit film.
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!
A case study of the postmodern romantic comedy '(500) Days of Summer' and its peculiar narrative that subverts the conventions of the genre.
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...
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.
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.
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.