Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 06.06.2021

With three Tony Awards, three Grammys, an Emmy, an Oscar nomination, and a Pulitzer Prize, it's no surprise Lin-Manuel Miranda is the most in-demand man in Hollywood right now. In 2021, he'll be responsible for composing original songs for not one but two animated films (Sony Pictures' Vivo and Disney's Encanto) plus make his feature directorial debut with Netflix's musical Tick, Tick...

Featured, Reviews / 02.06.2021

With two chapters, five spin-offs, and close to $2 billion at the worldwide box office, The Conjuring Universe is one of the most successful horror movie franchises in cinema history. From the high of 2013's The Conjuring to the low of 2018's The Nun (which, staggeringly, remains the highest-grossing film thus far), it's been an uneven saga where nothing has come close to matching the exhilarating terror of the film that started it all. Naturally, that won't stop Warner Bros. from eliciting a third film from the case files...

Featured, Reviews / 27.05.2021

In the late 1950s, Walt Disney was genuinely on the verge of shutting down his beloved animation department after the artistically brilliant but commercially disappointing Sleeping Beauty almost bankrupted Walt Disney Productions. It would fall to an inexpensively produced animated animal caper to save Disney animation, and, in the process, give birth to one of the studio's most enduring villains. Designed by the legendary Marc Davis and voiced by the indomitable Betty Lou Gerson, the maniacal Cruella de Vil completely stole the show in One Hundred and One Dalmatians...

Featured, Reviews / 21.05.2021

In an uncomfortable twist of irony, a film set in a post-apocalyptic world was one of the first cinematic casualties of the 2020 global pandemic that was causing all manner of terrifying visions of the future. Some 14 months ago, this film critic was mere days away from seeing an advance screening of A Quiet Place Part II before the entire film world was essentially put on pause for the rest of the year. And now that very film just might be the answer to getting audiences back...

Featured, The House of Mouse Project / 06.04.2020

In the life of a film critic, there will always be one particular question that inevitably comes our way; what was the first film that started it all? For most of us, it was the first film we saw in a cinema that truly sparked our love of movies. Much like generations of children before me, my first trip to the cinema was to see a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. And I've been in love with Disney's special brand of magic ever since. The year was 1990 and...