Jason M. Brown

Happy Death Day: Movie Review

In the nearly 25 years since the release of Groundhog Day, starring the incomparable Bill Murray, time loops have become a common movie device, for better or worse. That 1993 comedy employed the device so famously as to hijack the holiday after which it was named. When someone says “Groundhog Day,” the idea of reliving […]

IT: Movie Review

There’s something special about youthful imagination. The same imagination that inspires childhood aspirations also conjures monsters and boogeymen. The cruel twist is dreaming of one day becoming an astronaut is as fun as believing in monsters is terrifying. Out of this contradiction, we get It, the latest Stephen King novel to get a big-screen adaptation. […]

The Dark Tower: Movie Review

After years of languishing in production hell, Roland of Gilead’s (Idris Elba) big-screen pursuit of the man in black (Matthew McConaughey) has arrived. The Dark Tower might not be the movie fans have been waiting for, but it’s the one they’ll get. It took Stephen King over 20 years to complete the seven-book series spawned […]
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2.5

Atomic Blonde: Movie Review

I really wanted to like this movie. A slick, stylish, and aggressive action/spy movie? That’s all I needed to hear. Atomic Blonde looked like something different, something new. Charlize Theron crushes as a Cold War super spy. The setting, Berlin in late 1989 with the wall on the brink of coming down, is clever and […]
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4.5

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Movie Review

They had a good run, but Marvel’s streak of comic-fueled success had to end eventually, right? Probably this time. That’s the take I was bracing for, girding myself against the unwelcome likelihood that Marvel’s bound to lay an egg sometime. Maybe it’s that the last three Spider-Man movies from Sony haven’t exactly set the world […]
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3.5

All Eyez On Me: Movie Review

The problem with a life that shines bright and burns out too soon is that you know it doesn’t end well. Tupac shone brighter than most during his far-too-short life and prolific career. The man was larger than life, and his life was stranger than fiction. All Eyez on Me tries to shine the slain […]
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3.5

The Hero: Movie Review

Jet Li starred in 2002’s Hero, a high-flying martial arts movie. 2017’s The Hero, starring Sam Elliott, is a very different kind of movie. No reboot here. In this decidedly non-martial arts movie (I counted exactly zero karate chops), Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging actor who earned his fame in Westerns, but whose […]

It Comes At Night: Movie Review

It Comes at Night – a vague and ominous title befitting a movie that itself is vague and ominous. The title is great, if only it fit this movie, it would be even better. Set in a world reeling from a deadly pandemic, this movie’s danger isn’t the exclusive domain of the dark, so the […]
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3.0

Baywatch Movie Review

If Citizen Kane, widely regarded as one of the finest films ever made, is the cinematic equivalent of dinner at a four-star restaurant, Baywatch is a Hot Pocket and a cold Mountain Dew. Both are satisfying in their way, but only one reflects enduring and lofty creative effort. Not every movie aspires to be high […]
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5.0

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Movie Review

The Guardians of the Galaxy have returned to handle the extraterrestrial threats which the Avengers are too busy beating each other up to deal with. This sequel picks up where the 2014 entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe left off. This time around, director James Gunn is unencumbered by establishing origin stories. The relationships are […]

Best Movies You’ve Never Seen

For every movie that enjoys wild success and endless acclaim, countless others simply fade away, never delivering on the high hopes filmmakers have for their work. Many movies, maybe even most, deserve to be forgotten. But a select few deserve better. Whether because of bad timing, halfhearted marketing, or just being ahead of their time, […]
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4.0

Ghost in the Shell: Movie Review

When I think of ghost stories, a futuristic techno-nightmare version of Japan isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe it should. Ghost in the Shell paints a haunting picture of a world in which the line between human and machine is blurry, we’re talking three-martini lunch blurry. As yet another Hollywood reboot of […]