Movie audiences appear to be tired of YA, losing interest in Star Wars, and are largely averse to character driven independent movies, critics' opinions be damned.
Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol.1/ LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun could have stood to take more risks, neither fully succeeding as as a return to form nor an innovative next chapter for the Smashing Pumpkins.
Terminator, Halloween and RoboCop have all recently made the decision to ignore most of the sequels in their respective franchises, instead creating direct sequels to their last critically acclaimed releases. Is this a good idea, or is it putting pandering fan service ahead of creativity?
More of an entertaining diversion than a full-length album, "FM!" plays like an out of place shot of summer fun with some of Staples' best hooks and smoothest flows, though also some of his same recurring flaws.
The new 'Halloween' both benefits and suffers in trying to imitate the original. Elements like an uncomplicated plot and a straightforward but menacing villain work, but others, like a cheesy score and forgettable stock characters, just don't hold up.
This is an account of the 30th annual LBI Chowderfest Cook-Off Classic of 2018. The festival celebrates music, food, and a bizarre cavalcade of traditions I didn't understand. What's not to love?
This is some of St. Paul's catchiest, most tightly produced work, mixing a music style that feels somewhat stuck in the past with modern recording techniques to create an album that is accessible and fun to listen to.
Excessive use of fade outs, simplistic guitar-work and other recurring elements make Interpol's songs blend together, and although a lot of the songs are good on their own, listening to the album as a whole can start to make the music seem more like background noise.
While not ground-breaking, Death Cab For Cutie succeeds with "Thank You For Today" mostly in the places where it focuses on what has worked in the past. While some songs don't connect in the way that they were meant to, there is enough on here to recommend it to avid fans of indie rock.
By trusting the talented cast to carry the humor through their characters' personalities and quirks, and drawing connections between the investigation at the center of the film and current events, Spike Lee has created a film that manages to be entertaining, tragic, and rousing.
Foxing has produced perhaps their most ambitious album, blending different musical styles into the emo-alternative groove they have already mastered. They've created an album that is touching, exciting, and more-listenable than anything they have produced previously.
Either by showing too much or setting the wrong tone, trailers for movies can affect a movie's success negatively by shaping audience expectations.
'Sorry to Bother You' is a clever, but sometimes overbearing satire of American culture that succeeds more in the realm of science fiction than comedy.
Despite weak drama and even weaker villains, 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' succeeds in being a hilarious and fast-paced addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an emphasis on frantic, low-stakes action.
While the cinematography, acting and mood-setting are technically brilliant, 'Hereditary' verges on being too bleak to be enjoyable, and fails to deliver adequate scares to make this a truly satisfying horror film.
There is something enjoyable for everyone on this one, whether you are more a fan of Anthony Green's sweet and genuine love songs, his more playful pop songs, or his darker explorations into love and relationships.
'Artificial Selection' is one of the least risky albums produced by DGD. But, honestly, with choruses that catchy and songs that well-produced, it's hard to really care.
It begs the question: If the Deadpool franchise is so reliant on being "meta," how are these films going to fare in 10 or 20 years? Luckily, Deadpool 2 has enough action and heart to balance out the inconsistency of its jokes.