The Blu Spot
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The Hunt (2020)
The Hunt may turn some viewers off with its thinly-veiled political leanings and somewhat extreme moments of violence, but for those able to accept it as the wild, over-the-top ride that it is, it can be a highly-entertaining and amusing thriller.
Posted Jun 11, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020)
The Invisible Man is an effective horror thriller that utilizes outstanding special effects, a chilling storyline, and a strong performance from Elisabeth Moss.
Posted May 25, 2020
Just Mercy (2020)
Just Mercy features a trio of fine performances from its excellent cast, but thanks to a very by-the-numbers approach to its overly-familiar story, it ends up being a rather standard and forgettable procedural.
Posted Apr 13, 2020
Sam Mendes' 1917 is a remarkable technical achievement, utilizing brilliant direction, cinematography, editing, visual effects, production design, and sound design, to tell a spellbinding tale that easily ranks as one of the very best films of 2019.
Posted Mar 24, 2020
Richard Jewell (2019)
With a thrilling and captivating story, as well as a fantastic ensemble topped with a powerful performance from Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell is Clint Eastwood's long-awaited return to filmmaking greatness.
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Mike Flanagan's cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep is visually-striking and beautifully made, but an insubstantial narrative stretched out to three hours sadly make it a film that fades from memory pretty quickly.
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Whereas Johnson's The Last Jedi had been daring, exciting, and encapsulated everything that makes Star Wars great, The Rise of Skywalker brings the trilogy to an end with a bland, dull, and very forgettable final entry.
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Ready or Not (2019)
It presents a fascinating setup with a childhood game that turns into a deadly hunt, giving you a few good thrills and darkly-humorous moments along the way, but unfortunately Busick and Murphy's screenplay doesn't do quite enough with the premise.
Posted Dec 10, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
Terminator: Dark Fate ends up being so close to what we should have for a sequel, but in the end it just falls a little too short.
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Harriet works as a reverent biopic about the famed freedom fighter, telling Tubman's story with beauty and grace, while never fully losing sight of its power and importance.
Posted Oct 31, 2019
As an origin story it's rather compelling to see what drove the man down the path we know he has to eventually tread, and as a character study it's equally captivating to see the effects it has on the man himself.
Posted Oct 4, 2019
It Chapter Two (2019)
This second part is simply far less captivating, is in no rush to get anywhere, takes an incredibly long time to get to the point, and ultimately doesn't really do much of anything on its way there.
Posted Sep 10, 2019
All Is True (2019)
Sir Kenneth Branagh's All is True is a splendid little treat for Shakespeare fans, especially for those who've always wanted to know a little more about the man himself.
Posted Aug 27, 2019
With its mind-numbingly dull action, flat characters, and nonsensical plot, it's rather difficult to find a single redeeming quality in the entirety of the two-hour tedious mess that is Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Posted Aug 27, 2019
Despite offering a few interesting set-ups along the way, Yasujiro Ozu's The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice ends up lacking the depth needed to explore these issues of marriage in a significant fashion.
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a rather silly idea in conception, but in execution, it's a pretty compelling tale that features plenty of twists and turns, and well-rendered CGI.
Posted Aug 5, 2019
For a director who so clearly loves films and filmmaking, you would think that this set-up, combined with his skills, would be a killer combination, not something that you just shrug off nearly three hours later.
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Radford's adaptation of 1984 is admirable in that it perfectly captures the look and feel of the novel's oppressive dystopian setting, but unfortunately it's less successful when it comes to presenting the narrative of its rebellious central figure.
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Shazam! is a fun, exciting, and delightfully-amusing superhero flick that boasts a great sense of humor and a strong performance from star Zachary Levi.
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Even with its more likable qualities, it's not nearly enough to stop the film from being another disappointment in the series.
Posted Jun 8, 2019
The animation is still as smooth, colorful, and stunning throughout, but unfortunately, this time around the story isn't quite where it needs to be to make this an adventure worth another 90-minute investment.
Posted May 6, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
This is an emotionally-satisfying conclusion to this grand venture, featuring many moments that tug at the heartstrings, plenty of chuckles, and, of course, more action than anyone could ever want in a film.
Posted Apr 27, 2019
"Us" is the kind of movie that, while you can admire the craft and skill that went into it, will leave you scratching your head as to how Peele thought any of it was plausible.
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019)
It really all comes down to the ho-hum writing. It's far from the worst film in the MCU, but don't be surprised if you find yourself not getting as invested as usual, or if the film ends up fading from memory faster than others.
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
It features a fantastic lead performance from Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, but sadly the rest of the film doesn't live up to its greater elements, playing more as a greatest hits medley that has little to say about Queen or its members.
Posted Feb 13, 2019
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
With its ridiculous plot and overreliance on action, The Girl in the Spider's Web marks a disappointing turn in the Lisbeth Salander film series.
Posted Feb 4, 2019
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Thanks to its compelling narrative, memorable characters, and above all, a towering performance from the legendary Sidney Poitier, In the Heat of the Night continues to resonate with audiences over 50 years after its release.
Posted Jan 28, 2019
First Man (2018)
Featuring outstanding performances from Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, it's a beautifully-made film that includes remarkable work from all involved. Simply put, it's one of the best films of 2018, and should not be missed.
Posted Jan 21, 2019
The film is indeed a little stronger in story and character than some of its predecessors in the DCEU have been, but it still has a long list of problems all its own to contend with.
Posted Dec 18, 2018
The Nun (2018)
The Nun boasts a creepy gothic atmosphere and a strong performance from Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, but thanks to its overreliance on cheap, ineffective jump scares, the film becomes just another misfire in the Conjuring universe.
Posted Dec 3, 2018
As a sequel, this latest entry is even more forgettable and will leave Potter fans scratching their heads as to what could have possibly gone so wrong.
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You contains an excellent cast and a narrative that presents some fascinating ideas, but it's ultimately undone by a wild shift into fantasy in the second half that unfortunately makes for an unsatisfying experience overall.
Posted Oct 23, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom makes a few slight improvements over the first film, including injecting the franchise with a little originality, but quickly finds itself becoming another tedious entry with its static center and elongated climax.
Posted Sep 17, 2018
First Reformed (2018)
First Reformed ends up feeling like a film that needed another draft or two to help iron out the wrinkles in its main character's arc.
Posted Aug 29, 2018
The House of Tomorrow (2018)
The House of Tomorrow may not win many points for originality as far as the coming of age genre is concerned, but it manages to overcome its familiar plot devices through the intriguing relationship at its heart and its remarkable cast.
Posted Aug 13, 2018
Marrowbone contains an intriguing mystery, as well as a talented cast and impeccable production design, but is ultimately derailed by a gimmicky and illogical ending.
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Even with the always-charismatic Dwayne Johnson in the lead, Rampage can't help but be an action-filled mess that suffers from a rather silly plot and a tedious, overblown climax.
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp may be light fare when compared to the other Marvel films, but just like its predecessor, it still manages to pack a pretty big punch where it counts.
Posted Jul 9, 2018
Tomb Raider (2018)
With its unengaging, stretched-out plot and tiresome action sequences, Tomb Raider is yet another failed attempt to bring the beloved video game franchise to the big screen.
Posted Jun 11, 2018
The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018)
The Strangers: Prey at Night marks a perplexing and unsatisfying end to the ten-year wait for a sequel to the thrilling original, replacing the tension and excitement with inexplicable character decisions that will merely leave you scratching your head.
Posted Jun 11, 2018
Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan may not have the distinction of being one of the more memorable films in the library of Disney animated classics, but with its exciting adventure story, fun characters, and beautiful animation, it remains a classic nonetheless.
Posted Jun 4, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
It's no The Last Jedi, but it's fun, exciting, and quite entertaining, a combo that is made all the more impressive given the long, bumpy, and nearly-disastrous road that it took to finally come to the screen.
Posted May 28, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
All-in-all, Avengers: Infinity War is a pretty big success. It's rather incredible that these guys were able to cram so much into one epic-sized film and have it turn out this well.
Posted Apr 30, 2018
Ready Player One (2018)
It's basically a pop culture lover's dream come true, a film that pays homage to a time that gave us some incredible films, games, and music, all wrapped up as a gift to us from one of the greatest directors of all time.
Posted Mar 27, 2018
Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer suffers from a heavily-meandering storyline, resulting in a tedious and stretched-out film that marks a low point in the director's incredible career.
Posted Mar 19, 2018
I, Tonya (2018)
With a wildly-entertaining story and an outstanding cast, Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya succeeds wonderfully as a compelling biopic about the rise and disgraceful fall of the titular figure skating star.
Posted Mar 12, 2018
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
While Lady and the Tramp may not rank as one of Disney's greatest animated works, it still makes for a charming experience thanks to its memorable and entertaining characters, gorgeous animation, and a beautiful score.
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Darkest Hour (2017)
Darkest Hour may be a little average in its telling of these critical events of WWII, but what it lacks in narrative power, it more than makes up for with a grand sense of style and a phenomenal performance from Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill.
Posted Feb 26, 2018
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther was certainly an intriguing idea, but with its fundamental defects, it just isn't able to achieve the heights it desperately tries to reach.
Posted Feb 20, 2018