‘Mary Poppins Returns’ review: A sweet blast from the past

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ follows the same beats of its classic predecessor but that shouldn’t hinder different generations from being swept away by its pure joy and exhilaration. There’s something enthralling about Mary Poppins: a charismatic, no-nonsense nanny who has her unique way of managing daily errands through magic and musical numbers. When viewed through aContinue reading “‘Mary Poppins Returns’ review: A sweet blast from the past”

MOVIE REVIEW: A Quiet Place (2018)

Anchored by exponentially gripping performances, and a direction that navigates the audience to untouched paradigms of horror, A Quiet Place is a cathartic genre-film that welcomes John Krasinski to a lineup of masterful contemporary directors. The film uses its chilling silence to draw the audience in, and it grips you so tightly with its eerieContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: A Quiet Place (2018)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Rampage (2018)

“The Rock” battling giant monsters in RAMPAGE. Need I say more? Rampage is loosely based on a 1986 arcade game which allows its player to control a trio of genetically-enhanced monsters—a gorilla, a wolf, and a crocodile—whose goal is to reduce the surface of the earth into smithereens. It is quite bemusing how a gameContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Rampage (2018)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Annihilation

A visceral thriller proving that Ex Machina was not a one hit wonder, Annihilation is a continuation of that commentary to Alex Garland’s universe of unapologetic, contemporary sci-fi machine that kept on spewing unorthodox flares to the world of cinema. Natalie Portman plays Lena, a cellular biologist and former Army soldier whose husband Kane (OscarContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Annihilation”

MOVIE REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Boasting an all-star international cast, Murder on the Orient Express (Branagh, 2017) slays with a luminous and stylish production, but somehow gets derailed away from the audience due to its wobbly writing, lackluster direction and haphazard editing. Based on the Agatha Christie a.k.a. Queen of Mystery’s famous novel of the same name, Murder on theContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

Despite faring as one of the weaker superhero films of the year, Zack Snyder’s Justice League proves to be one of the better films of the DC franchise after the ill-stricken Suicide Squad (Ayer, 2016) and underwhelming Batman v Superman (Snyder, 2016). Shortly after the death of Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill), Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck)Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League (2017)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Black Mass (2015)

Black Mass is triumphant in presenting yet another Johnny Depp persona–this time sans the misfires that could just continue to stereotype him for being unaware of what is beyond the fluorishes and costumes and funny accents. It has been a while since he is last seen play an actual human being. And so comes the opportunityContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Black Mass (2015)”