Film Review

Two entitled young white teenagers, one a sociopath and the other just a spoiled princess, decide to kill one of their stepfathers. It's the good kind of quirky and a mild kind of insightful. more

Mar 16, 2018 1:14 PM Film

This loving, kind film is specifically aimed at an under-targeted audience. Most adults, however, will be uninspired by the tale of a young girl chasing her father across the universe with only the power of Oprah to help her. more

Mar 9, 2018 2:35 PM Film

Difficult to describe, but easy to watch, this twisty/turny piece has equal parts intelligent thrills and black comedy. If you're so inclined, you'll be glad you attended. more

Mar 9, 2018 9:59 AM Film

The much-maligned, silly, neo-noir movie from Duncan Jones only deserves to be maligned, says Mason. If you see only one Amish sci-fi movie this year... more

Mar 2, 2018 10:20 AM Film

Matt and Ryan talk about Annihilation and stray far, far off course. Is this what you want? Are you not entertained? Oh, you're not... Sorry... more

Mar 2, 2018 9:30 AM Film

The Walking Dead's ratings are still thriving, even if fans are seemingly falling off like zombie appendages. Count Mason as one of the rotted souls dropping off. Here's why... more

Feb 27, 2018 9:14 AM Film

When the sky bars a shimmering rainbow at a lighthouse, the government starts sending in troops who never come out. Until Natalie Portman's hubbie does. So she goes in after him with an expedition that is like Hearts of Darkness via Ursula Le Guin. more

Feb 25, 2018 12:16 PM Film

This loaded visual spectacle challenges colonial constructs and reshapes mainstream conceits about black identity, all while delivering incredible action spectacles and inspired action sequences. more

Feb 16, 2018 2:39 PM Film

Matt and Ryan apologize for America, celebrate Black Panther, and tell you to spend $200 on a board game. more

Feb 16, 2018 12:27 PM Film

This year's Oscar-nominated shorts are one of the best crops yet. Read brief reviews for these brief gems! more

Feb 9, 2018 3:03 PM Film

A splendidly simple and uniquely universal coming-of-age story about a spirited teenager (Saoirse Ronan), her battles with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and the heartbreaks and triumphs of youth. more

Feb 9, 2018 12:37 PM Film

Dropped quickly on Netflix after the Super Bowl, this third installment in the Cloverfield pseudo-franchise is gross, funny and surreal sci-fi/horror set on a space station that maybe just broke all of space and time. more

Feb 9, 2018 9:00 AM Film

This "based on a true story" snoozer manages to waste a cool premise about the ghosts of gun violence victims haunting Helen Mirren. Full of insipid jump scares, bound by a PG-13 rating and nowhere near trashy enough, this is instantly forgettable. more

Feb 2, 2018 2:26 PM Film

Mason's roundup of the best and worst films of 2017 is notably varied from Ryan's in several regards. Make like an old Highlights Magazine game and spot what's different! more

Feb 2, 2018 8:05 AM Film

Matt and Ryan make reading suggestions, disparage magicians, and compare Maze Runner: The Death Cure to diarrhea. more

Jan 26, 2018 2:05 PM Film

The final installment of this otherwise entertaining YA series ends in horrifically bad fashion, with an evil organization torturing young people to find the cure for a plague being proven somewhat right. Worst yet, it's somehow both loud AND boring. more

Jan 26, 2018 1:46 PM Film

Although sitting through a movie where a douchebag dude uses and discards women for inspiration right now sounds terrible, watching one get his comeuppance is satisfying, especially when he's played by Daniel Day Lewis. more

Jan 19, 2018 11:54 AM Film

Matt and Ryan talk about journalistic integrity (in regards to a movie, not in regards to this actual podcast's quality), The Post, and various ranty nonsense, per usual. more

Jan 15, 2018 9:09 AM Film

A muted, but important, retelling of the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers despite threats from Nixon, this features not-so-great performances but a truly important message. Perhaps this isn't meant for angry liberals but their parents? more

Jan 12, 2018 1:12 PM Film