Booksmart Breathes Warmth and Life into a Tired Genre

Awkward white people strutting to a hip hop song is not funny. It’s a lazy joke, worn thin by ad execs and youth group leaders across the country. And it’s a joke that Booksmart goes to again and again. In fact, a lot of Booksmart has already been done to death, from its plot structure…

Aquaman is Out of Its Depth

“This is gonna be fun!” So declares Arthur Curry, the titular Aquaman played by Jason Momoa, at the end of his movie, after (spoilers? I guess?) he defeats the bad guys, saves the world, and gets the girl. The phrase is a good thesis statement for Aquaman, a movie that wants desperately to be a…

Review: Creed II — No Fancy Footwork, All Thudding Haymakers

“If I can change and you can change… everybody can change!” So declared a bleeding and blubbering Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) at the end of 1985’s Rocky IV, minutes after he defeated the superhuman boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) to avenge best friend Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) death at the Soviet’s red-gloved hand, thereby winning…