July 6 2017
“Brighton Rock.” That’s the title of a 1974 song by Queen, and it tells you everything you need to about Edgar Wright’s newest film, “Baby Driver.” With its story of...
June 9 2017
It’s all but impossible for “Wonder Woman” to escape the absurdly high and unattainable expectations that have been foisted upon it — much like being a woman in today’s society....
May 17 2017
Let’s be honest: “Guardians of the Galaxy” was pretty mediocre, even by the bland standards of Marvel Studios. So I was surprised to find that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”...
April 5 2017
The film festival formally kicks off its seventh year Thursday night with a Red Carpet Premiere Party at Lansing Brewing Co., but the festival actually started earli- er this week with a Tuesday night...
March 9 2017
The consensus on “Logan,” the latest movie in the “X-Men” franchise — and reportedly the last to star Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as series stalwarts Wolverine and Professor...
Feb. 17 2017
If you’re looking for an enjoyable, kid-friendly film for the family, look no further than “The Lego Batman Movie.” The “kid-friendly” part might just be what kills the movie...
Feb. 13 2017
Contrary to a misconception that cropped up in 2016, movies are not dead. The year was a great year for cinema. There are always truly great films being made, just not always in Hollywood. And t
Feb. 10 2017
“The Founder” isn’t necessarily a bad movie, but there’s no real reason it needed to be a movie. Nothing about the film’s presentation, the way it delivers its story, justifies...
Dec. 29 2016
I have to admit that this movie is an utter delight. But that’s also what gives me pause. It’s a movie that is trying very hard — almost too hard — to get you to like it, and it...
Dec. 20 2016
One of the depressingly few things “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” gets right is its attempt to put the “war” in “Star Wars.” Instead of focusing on the politics and...
Dec. 15 2016
I noticed while reading about “Moonlight” that, unlike most film reviews and articles, the pieces didn’t give me much sense of what the film actually is. After finally seeing it myself,...
Nov. 17 2016
High school movies are tricky. Filmmakers can, despite their best intentions, idealize their own adolescence or forget what it was actually like to be young, leading to films that feel dishonest
Nov. 9 2016
Mel Gibson is the greatest strength and detriment to any film he directs, including his latest, “Hacksaw Ridge.” Whatever problems one may have with him — on or off the film set —...
Nov. 9 2016
Producer Bill Mechanic oversaw the creation of some of the biggest movies of the mid-‘90s as head of 20th Century Fox’s film division. But you wouldn’t know it from the way he talks...
Nov. 2 2016
The East Lansing Film Festival kicks off its 19th year Thursday, offering a week-long slate of features and short films across three locations
Oct. 17 2016
Politically muddled and aesthetically and narratively banal, Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” ultimately fails to fulfill its many ambitions. It feels less like a personal passion...
Sept. 19 2016
“Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s latest film, suffers from several of the same tensions and contradictions that plagued 2014’s “American Sniper.”
Sept. 9 2016
I find myself troubled by “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the latest offering from stop-motion animation company Laika. There’s so much right with the film, so many delights and emotional...