Lake Michigan Monster is an irreverently humorous riff on z-budget monster movies of the 1950s, complete with shoestring special effects, deliberately tacky plotlines, and unusual characters. A bizarre product of writer/director Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, Lake Michigan Monster arrives at a time of great need for strong laughs at a brisk and breezy running time.
What exactly is Nicolas Cage? Is he an actor? Is he a meme? Is he a living breathing cartoon character?
By: Trevor Chartrand With a title like this, it’s too easy for reviewers like myself to open with something like, “A Perfect Plan is not a perfect movie”, so allow me to go one step further. It would be more accurate to say this film falls monstrously short of perfect. In fact, it’s about as far from perfection as you could possibly get. A mediocre thriller at best, the film is littered with problems in…
Babysplitters centers on one man’s reluctance to commit to fatherhood. Ironically, the film itself doesn’t commit to its awkward humour or its exploration of unconventional families.
By: Jolie Featherstone Based on a true story, as told in the best-selling non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, Rod Lurie’s The Outpost is a striking tribute to the U.S. soldiers of Troop 3-61 Cavalry, who went on to become the most decorated unit in the war in Afghanistan.
The Old Guard, a boring misfire from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights) and writer Greg Rucka, is an action/thriller with no stakes.
The writer and director team behind Kiss and Cry continue to bring audiences terrific crowd-pleasers with their latest endeavour From the Vine, an endearing film about the importance of heritage and happiness.
My experience with the minimalist work of Kelly Reichardt is limited. I had disliked her drab period piece Meek’s Cutoff, but I seemed to be in the minority; I gave her the benefit of the doubt. But after watching her latest drama First Cow, another dull yet highly acclaimed period piece, I’m sticking by my guns but I’m not so forgiving.
It’s fitting that Trolls World Tour is about accepting outsiders for who they are because, here I am, I’m a critic watching a sequel to an original film I never saw. I heard 2016’s Trolls was a pleasant surprise, but I never got around to finding that out for myself. Luckily for me, I could hop into Trolls World Tour and quickly get the gist of the characters, the imagination, and the amazing animation that…
By: Trevor Chartrand An edgy sci-fi thriller, Volition combines Back to the Future with Groundhog Day, though it takes a much darker approach. Director/co-writer Tony Dean Smith takes audiences for an interesting ride in this day-in-the-life time travel story.