“Yesterday” is fun enough to honor its clever concept

“Yesterday” was directed by Danny Boyle and stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Joel Fry, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran. The film is about a musician named Jack who wakes up into a world that does not know that The Beatles existed, which leads to him performing their songs and earning all of the acclaim for … More “Yesterday” is fun enough to honor its clever concept

“Help Us Stranger” has The Raconteurs in familiar, but still impressive territory

Jack White has remained busy over the past 11 years.  He has released three solo records, all with their own unique sounds and genres while continuing to sound like the former lead singer and guitarist of The White Stripes. He has released three albums with The Dead Weather, a side project formed with Alison Mosshart … More “Help Us Stranger” has The Raconteurs in familiar, but still impressive territory

“Toy Story 4” keeps one of film’s greatest franchises at the top

“Toy Story 4” was directed by Josh Cooley and stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. The film is about a new toy named “Forky” that is created by Bonnie, who creates trouble for the rest of the gang when he has no interest in staying with them, … More “Toy Story 4” keeps one of film’s greatest franchises at the top

Jonas Brothers hit a comfortable stride on “Happiness Begins”

This review was written by Chase Ray. You can follow him on Twitter at @ChasexRay. “Happiness Begins” is the band’s fifth album and first studio album in a decade after a long hiatus, where the brothers pursued solo careers to pretty decent success, with Nick embracing a pop/R&B sound that fit his voice well and … More Jonas Brothers hit a comfortable stride on “Happiness Begins”

“Dark Phoenix” puts once lively X-Men franchise on life support

“Dark Phoenix” was written and directed by Simon Kinberg and stars Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jessica Chastain. The film is the fourth in the most recent “X-Men” franchise, with this one focusing on Jean Grey, who begins to develop immensely strong powers that have the potential to corrupt her mind … More “Dark Phoenix” puts once lively X-Men franchise on life support

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”: Fun action, weak everything else

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” was directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Thomas Middleditch and Sally Hawkins. The film is a sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla” and is about the awakening of multiple “titans” around the globe, which leads to humanity depending on the almighty Godzilla to … More “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”: Fun action, weak everything else

“Booksmart” shows new life in an old genre

“Booksmart” was directed by Olivia Wilde and stars Kaitlyn Deaver, Beanie Feldstein and Jason Sudeikis. The film is about a pair of high school seniors who decide they need to have fun on their final night before graduation after both focusing almost entirely on their grades during their entire school careers. On the surface, this … More “Booksmart” shows new life in an old genre

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” solidifies franchise at top of action genre

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” was directed by Chad Stahelski and stars Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos and Asia Kate Dillon. The film is the third in the franchise based around, you guessed it, John Wick, the top assassin in the business who is now on the run from every other … More “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” solidifies franchise at top of action genre

The National shows increased level of ambition on “I Am Easy to Find”

This review was written by Colin Gay. You can follow him on Twitter @ColinGay17. The National seemed to have its genre set. Lead singer Matt Berninger sings about private, internal emotions or extensive, wide-ranging ideas about the world as a whole to indie rock tropes the surrounding band members have come to embrace over the … More The National shows increased level of ambition on “I Am Easy to Find”

“Game of Thrones” Season 8: A mixed bag that needed more episodes

“Game of Thrones” was created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who also wrote the entirety of the eighth season, and is based on the book “A Song of Ice and Fire” written by George R.R. Martin. The show stars a whole bunch of people, including Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Masie … More “Game of Thrones” Season 8: A mixed bag that needed more episodes