Category: 3 Star Reviews

Movie Review: The Ruins (2008)

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLOCTOBER 1, 2020 “It does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches in 1975.” — Stephen King (about the book) When “The Ruins” first came out in 2008, I didn’t like it. To pinpoint my dislike for it, you’d have to go back a few years to 2006, when Eli Roth’s “Hostel” came out. That film’s success would spawn … Read More Movie Review: The Ruins (2008)

Movie Review: The Hunt (2020)

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJUNE 4, 2020 “You actually believed we were hunting human beings for sport.” — Athena (Hilary Swank) Beyond anything it had to say politically, one thing “The Hunt” achieves is showing just how badass Betty Gilpin is as an actress. Yes, she’s been kicking ass on Netflix’s “GLOW” as she throws down in the squared circle, but here, she takes it up … Read More Movie Review: The Hunt (2020)

Movie Review: Wonder Park (2019)

WONDER PARK BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLMARCH 17, 2019 “We are the wonder in Wonderland” — June Bailey (Brianna Denski) “Wonder Park” may entertain your six-year-old with its sleek, crisp animation, but it doesn’t come close to packing the same emotional punch as anything Disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks puts out. For kids, it looks and feels enough like big studio fare to keep them enthralled, but … Read More Movie Review: Wonder Park (2019)

Movie Review: The Nun (2018)

THE NUN BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLSEPTEMBER 21, 2018 “I’m afraid there is something very wrong with this place.” — Father Burke (Demián Bichir) In 2014, when Warner Bros. announced that it would be spinning off stories from its highly acclaimed “Conjuring” series, which at the time had just come off of a $41.9 million domestic opening weekend and a worldwide total of $319.5 million, against … Read More Movie Review: The Nun (2018)

Movie Review: Predator (1987)

PREDATOR BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 9, 2018 “El cazador trofeo de los hombres” means the demon who makes trophies of men.” — Anna (Elpidia Carrillo) John McTiernan’s 1987 “Predator” defines machismo, cast with a couple of dozen men and one lone woman, who is only along for the ride. The alien doesn’t even attack her, because, you know, she’s not a threat. There is an … Read More Movie Review: Predator (1987)

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 – Episode 13: “Do Not Send Us Astray” (2018)

THE WALKING DEADSEASON EIGHT Episode 13: “Do Not Send Us Astray” BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLMARCH 28, 2018 Last week, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was taken by Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), so his absence this week leaves Simon (Steven Ogg) to take charge and move forward with his plan of completely disposing of the Hilltop. But the people of Hilltop, led by Maggie (Lauren Cohan), are ready … Read More TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 – Episode 13: “Do Not Send Us Astray” (2018)

Movie Review: The Giver (2014)

THE GIVER BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLDECEMBER 14, 2014 Even Jeff Bridges cannot save “The Giver” from being a young adult retread that comes off even less inspired than its predecessors. The problem is, the Lois Lowry novel came out in 1993, fifteen years before the first “Hunger Games” novel and eighteen years before the first “Divergent” novel. That means this classic should have been the … Read More Movie Review: The Giver (2014)

Movie Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014)

LET’S BE COPS BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLNOVEMBER 11, 2014 How are people not familiar with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. yet? Johnson has been the supporting player in several high profile comedies and broke through to most audiences with his unequivocal brand of humor as Nick on Fox’s “New Girl.” Wayans starred in the pilot for “New Girl” alongside Jake but ABC beat them … Read More Movie Review: Let’s Be Cops (2014)

Movie Review: Maleficent (2014)

MALEFICENT BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLNOVEMBER 4, 2014 The rise of the anti-hero story continues with “Maleficent,” the retelling of the Walt Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” this time focusing on the villain of that tale and her fall-from-grace origin story. Angelina Jolie steps into the role of Maleficent, bringing to the surface the conflicting emotions that make her such an interesting character. One of the … Read More Movie Review: Maleficent (2014)

Movie Review: Hercules (2014)

HERCULES BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLNOVEMBER 4, 2014 Never has marketing been more misleading than it was for the new Dwayne Johnson vehicle, “Hercules.” With trailers touting the legendary character of Hercules and his Twelve Labors from the Gods, which involved fighting several different monsters including a giant lion, a three-headed hydra, and massive boar, most people stepping into the theater to see this film would … Read More Movie Review: Hercules (2014)

Movie Review: Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

DELIVER US FROM EVIL BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLOCTOBER 27, 2014 Someday, hopefully soon, horror filmmakers will realize that certain tropes are not scary anymore. One of these tropes is checking under the bed. “Deliver Us From Evil” leaned heavily on this scare in their marketing campaign. Even messing with expectations after checking under the bed is now an overused motif. If there was nothing under … Read More Movie Review: Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

THE PURGE: ANARCHY BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLOCTOBER 20, 2014 “Traffic is building rapidly downtown as citizens rush to get home before commencement. If you’re not purging, we advise you to get off the streets as quickly as possible. It’ll soon be a war out there.” — News Anchor And with these words, “This is your Emergency Broadcast System announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge. … Read More Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)