Film Reviews

  • 2017?s Overlooked Film Performances

    2017’s Overlooked Film Performances

    Every year, the Oscars hand out awards in four acting categories. Often, the winners and nominees have done outstanding work (Emma Stone and Mahershala Ali thoroughly deserved...

  • Dueling Critics: <em>The Disaster Artist</em>

    Dueling Critics: The Disaster Artist

    Fritz: It's hard to explain the legendary bad movie The Room. It is written and directed by its star, Tommy Wiseau, a man with a thick accent and a complete inability to read...

  • Film Review: <em>Coco</em>

    Film Review: Coco

    By now it is pretty much a worn out cliché to say that 'Pixar has done it again,” but with their latest, Coco, they have done it again. This computer-animated...

  • Film Review: <em>Justice League</em>

    Film Review: Justice League

    I have good news and bad news regarding Justice League, the DC Comics answer to Marvel's The Avengers. The good news is that Justice League is somewhat watchable and better...

  • Film Review: <em>Lady Bird</em>

    Film Review: Lady Bird

    In many ways, successful movies don’t find new stories to tell; they simply find ways to tell old stories with energy and creativity. So it is with actress and screenwriter...

  • Film Review: <em>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri</em>

    Film Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Writer-director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) has made his strongest film to date with the black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s a...

  • Film Review: <em>Murder on the Orient Express</em>

    Film Review: Murder on the Orient Express

    Among Agatha Christie’s work, Murder on the Orient Express has been adapted more than any other except And Then There Were None (a.k.a. Ten Little Indians). For those...

  • Film Review: <em>Thor: Ragnarok</em>

    Film Review: Thor: Ragnarok

    The two previous Thor films always seemed like placeholders to quell audiences excitement for upcoming bigger and better Marvel comic book movie adaptations. Yes, the Thor films...

  • Film Review: <em>Jigsaw</em>

    Film Review: Jigsaw

    Full disclosure: I've never been a fan of the Saw movies. In fact, I haven't seen all of them. I know I did see the first two and thought they were pretty crappy. After...

  • Film Review: <em>Suburbicon</em>

    Film Review: Suburbicon

    George Clooney has made a solid career for himself as a director. He has a few critically acclaimed films (Good Night and Good Luck, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) under his...

  • Hidden Halloween Horrors

    Hidden Halloween Horrors

    Here is a handful of lesser-known horror movies that are perfect for Halloween night viewing. All are available on home video or to stream. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare...

  • New Orleans Film Festival Review: <em>Last Flag Flying</em>

    New Orleans Film Festival Review: Last Flag Flying

    Writer/director Richard Linklater, recently the subject of a PBS American Masters documentary, continues his distinguished career with the fine film Last Flag Flying. It played...

  • New Orleans Film Festival Review: <em>Darkest Hour</em>

    New Orleans Film Festival Review: Darkest Hour

    Gary Oldman emerges as a major contender in this year’s Best Actor race with his visceral portrayal of Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which...

  • Film Review: <em>Happy Death Day</em>

    Film Review: Happy Death Day

    It's no secret that Happy Death Day is a slasher film version of Groundhog Day (1993). Hell, a character in Happy Death Day even mentions the similarities to that Bill Murray...

  • Louisiana Filmmakers Look to Have Film Greenlighted in National Competition

    Louisiana Filmmakers Look to Have Film Greenlighted in National Competition

    Louisiana filmmakers—Breaux Bridge’s Brian Richard, Broussard’s Hunter Burke, Lafayette’s Nick Lavin, Arnaudville’s Teri Wyble, and New Iberia’s...

  • Top 20 Horror Films of All-Time

    Top 20 Horror Films of All-Time

    For horror film fans, October is a big month, movie and spirit-wise, and Where Y’at wants to count down some of the best movies for this spooky, fun-filled time of year. Some...

  • Film Review: <em>Blade Runner 2049</em>

    Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

    This belated sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 Blade Runner is that rarity – a worthy follow-up to the original. In this new film, 'K' (Ryan Gosling) is a blade...

  •  Film Review: <em>American Made</em>

    Film Review: American Made

    Tom Cruise’s considerable movie-star charisma is on full display in director Doug Liman’s (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) new film American Made. The film...

  • Dueling Critics: <em>Battle of the Sexes</em>

    Dueling Critics: Battle of the Sexes

    Fritz: The fight against sexism is still an important, emotional issue in America, whether it's during a presidential campaign or the endless online abuse women journalists...

  • Film Review: <em>Kingsman: The Golden Circle</em>

    Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Much like its predecessor, Kingsman: The Golden Circle mixes moments that are entertainingly gonzo with ones that are just icky and combines it all in a flawed but sometimes...

  • Film Review: <em>mother!</em>

    Film Review: mother!

    A week after the humanist horror of It, director Darren Aronofksy (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) goes for a more abstract, surrealist horror with Mother!. Jennifer Lawrence...

  • Film Review: <em>It</em>

    Film Review: It

    Director Andy Muschietti (Mama) takes on an adaptation of Stephen King's IT. This is the second time the horror novel has been made into a film. The first time was as a TV...

  • Film Review: <em>Crown Heights</em>

    Film Review: Crown Heights

    Crown Heights is based on the harrowing true story of Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield), a Trinidad native living in New York who is falsely accused of murder and goes to prison for...

  • Film Review: <em>Home Again</em>

    Film Review: Home Again

    Writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer is the daughter of Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers, who collaborated on hit comedies like Father of the Bride and Baby Boom. For better and...

  • Film Review: <em>Good Time</em>

    Film Review: Good Time

    The new crime film Good Time aspires to be a throwback to the gritty genre films of the 70s, but it doesn’t quite pull it off. Directed by Benny and Josh Safdie, the...

  • Film Review: <em>Wind River</em>

    Film Review: Wind River

    Taylor Sheridan has recently established himself as one of Hollywood’s best screenwriters after penning Sicario and Hell or High Water (see both if you haven’t yet). He...

  • Film Review: <em>The Hitman's Bodyguard</em>

    Film Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard

    At the start, The Hitman's Bodyguard seems like typical action fare. It took about 20 to 30-minutes to really win me over as it evolved into a wild and thoroughly offbeat...

  • Film Review: <em>Logan Lucky</em>

    Film Review: Logan Lucky

    Director Steven Soderbergh announced he was retiring from film after 2013’s Side Effects, but it always seemed unlikely. Soderbergh was far too prolific a filmmaker to have...

  • Film Review: <em>Annabelle: Creation</em>

    Film Review: Annabelle: Creation

    Annabelle: Creation is an origin story and part of The Conjuring movie universe. The creepiest-looking doll in the world gets possessed by an evil spirit. Here's how it...

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