Over eight years after its theatrical release, The LEGO Movie is a beautifully animated film that remains one of the best films of 2014. This film should have been nominated by the Academy for Best Animated Feature. Unfortunately, the Academy voters will have to live with this–among others–mistake. I love everything about this film from the humor to the music to the casting. What I love about the film is that it’s able to transcend…"The LEGO Movie: The Best Animated Film of 2014"
Happiest Season, featuring a star-studded cast, is the first major LGBTQ studio romantic comedy to be set during the holiday season. There are not that many LGBTQ studio comedies let alone many films set during the holidays. Jenna Laurenzo’s Thanksgiving-set Lez Bomb is among the few films out there. All you have to do is change the holiday but the gist of the film basically remains the same. Kid brings girlfriend home for the holiday…"Happiest Season: A LGBTQ Holiday Rom-Com"
Horse Girl features a superb performance from writer-star Alison Brie while the film also has something to say about mental illness. Sarah (Alison Brie) works at an arts and crafts store with Joan (Molly Shannon). While it pays the bills, Sarah would rather be taking care of her favorite horse or watching her favorite supernatural TV show. Much to the dismay of roommate Nikki (Debby Ryan), of course. Nikki does her best to get Sarah…"Sundance 2020: Horse Girl"
If there’s a film that you should go into without watching a trailer or reading reviews, Promising Young Woman is that film. The large majority of filmgoers will have until mid-April December before they can see this film. As a result, I’m going to be extra careful in writing about this film. It’s a film that ought to be treated like that of a Marvel or Star Wars film. Go into it knowing very little…"Sundance 2020: Promising Young Woman"
Everything is still awesome as The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part takes to the big screen nearly five years to the date following its predecessor. A quick prologue catches us up to speed about what has taken place during the last five years. The city of Bricksburg is no more. It’s been replaced by the doomsday-esque Apocalypseburg following the city’s tragic demise. No matter what decisions that the master builders make, they are no…"The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part"
The Little Hours returned to Chicago two months after its appearance in the Chicago Critics Film Festival and is one of the funniest movies of the year. Writer/Director Jeff Baena and star Aubrey Plaza were on hand for a Q&A session at two of screenings this weekend. Written for the screen and directed by Baena, the film stars Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke,…"The Little Hours: One of The Most Hysterical Films of 2017"