Author: matthewmoorcroft

  • Film Review: Hunt

    Film Review: Hunt

    By Matthew Moorcroft Solid Recommendation Before the title card drops on Hunt, you are thrust into the middle of an immediate hostage situation and assassination plot without any warning. The camera spins around, gun shots fire off, a couple of grenades send agents flying, and it all ends with a tense standoff that nearly leaves […]

  • Film Review: Close

    Film Review: Close

    By Matthew Moorcroft Solid Recommendation In the back of my mind, I was dreading Close due to the name of Lukas Dhont attached to this. Back four years ago, he made a big splash at Cannes directing Girl, a movie about a young transgender girl going through ballet classes that, simply put, ignorant at best […]

  • Film Review: Resurrection

    Film Review: Resurrection

    By Matthew Moorcroft Strong Recommendation An unsung master of anxiety inducing cinema, Rebecca Hall is one of Hollywood’s great underappreciated, yet always incredible, performers that manages to floor you each new role in spite of itself. You think she can’t get better, and then viola, she does anyways, and you are left wondering to yourself […]

  • Film Review: Empire of Light

    Film Review: Empire of Light

    By Matthew Moorcroft Weak Recommendation Empire of Light‘s first mistake letting itself try and be more then it actually is. Sam Mendes is a lot of things, but one thing he isn’t is “simple” as many of his films tend to tackle numerous subjects at once to varying degrees of success. When Mendes hits, he […]

  • Film Review: All Quiet on the Western Front

    Film Review: All Quiet on the Western Front

    By Matthew Moorcroft Strong Recommendation The original All Quiet on the Western Front is commonly cited as the first great American anti-war film, a sentiment that hasn’t really gone away as it ended up becoming America’s only really great anti-war film until Saving Private Ryan. And even then, including that film, the tendency to showcase […]

  • Film Review: Black Adam

    Film Review: Black Adam

    By Matthew Moorcroft No Recommendation You can’t deny that Dwayne Johnson doesn’t pay his debt or skimp out on promises. Having been attached to the Shazam franchise in general for over a decade, it’s clear that Black Adam, initially set to be simply the antagonist in a solo Shazam film turned full on separate project, […]

  • Film Review: Smile

    Film Review: Smile

    By Matthew Moorcroft Solid Recommendation Just in time for Halloween, Smile is given to us courtesy of newcomer Parker Finn. Initially intended to head to streaming, Smile played so well during test screenings that Paramount saw theatrical potential for the film, and in a year where high concept horror seems to be flourish – just […]

  • TV Review: Andor Season 1, Episode 4

    TV Review: Andor Season 1, Episode 4

    By Matthew Moorcroft Highest Recommendation While it’s explosive three-episode premiere showcased Andor‘s slow burn approach and how effective it is, Aldhani slows things back a bit to sit down with the cast. So far the strength of Andor has been it’s quieter, more introspective moments, giving time to let the characters breath and just tell […]

  • TV Review: Andor Season 1, Episodes 1-3

    TV Review: Andor Season 1, Episodes 1-3

    By Matthew Moorcroft Episode 1 – Highest RecommendationEpisode 2 – Strong RecommendationEpisode 3 – Highest Recommendation I’ll get around to it eventually – Star Wars Wednesdays aren’t dead, I promise guys – but Rogue One is a movie that I consistently have mixed feelings about. I don’t know if they are the right words or […]

  • TV Review: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Episode 5

    TV Review: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Episode 5

    By Matthew Moorcroft Strong Recommendation After being introduced briefly in the first episode, Jameela Jamil finally makes her big entrance into the fray. While initially advertised as the main villain of the piece, Jamil’s role as the arrogant and vain Titania is more of a rival and a nuisance then an actual threat. While this […]