Review: THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN THE WALLS

By Laurie Coker

Rating C+

Just in time for Halloween and tendering a reasonably friendly fair, The House with a Clock in the Walls, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchet, takes viewers back to the 1950’s and offers up thrills and laughter. Director Eli Roth manages an entertaining mix of nightmarish jump-worthy fear-factors and silly, satisfying slapstick. The visual trip back to 1955 is spot on perfect, and the imagery is stunning. Ultimately, however, the paper-thin story keeps the film from rising to the quality of its exceptional cast and special effects. Read more »

Review: LIFE ITSELF

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

After watching this film, it is so obvious that writer/director Dan Fogelman (This Is Us) absolutely adores the movie Pulp Fiction.  The filmmaker structures his film quite similarly to the way that Quentin Tarantino sets up his movie, with three main intertwined stories with characters connected in different ways. This actually works somewhat, but only for the first two chapters.  When Fogelman connects his third chapter and epilogue, that is when he gets a little testy with his plan of attack.  Though each of his vignettes has its powerful and poignant beats, the fact that they are all connected in some way definitely challenges the audience’s suspension of disbelief and nearly insults their intelligence.  Nevertheless, I still like Fogelman’s foray into cinema and think most audiences will as well. Read more »

Review: FAHRENHEIT 11/9

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

From Michael Moore, the controversial award-winning documentary filmmaker behind Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, comes this powerful, ambitious, but overstuffed documentary which takes on modern America and President Donald Trump.  Though the film does pack some heavy emotional punches, Moore tries to accomplish too much at once, when two, possibly three, shorter films would have worked better.  Fahrenheit 11/9 is sure to leave audiences with multiple emotions, but a stronger focus on one singular topic would have had more of an impact. Read more »

Review: A HAPPENING OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Comedic actress Judy Greer makes her directorial debut with this funny and often sweet comedy.  Having worked with so many talented actors in her career probably made the casting of this film rather easy, as Greer and her casting director has assembled quite an ensemble cast.  Though this film isn’t exactly a home run for the first time director, it definitely shows that she is quite comfortable and confident helming a film of tremendous talent and with decently written material. Read more »

Review: THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

By Renee’ C.

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) aids his magical uncle (Jack Black) in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world (IMDB).

I was hoping this film was not another boring lackluster film and I was pleasantly surprised because it is a fun ride from beginning to end.  Sure, this is made for the younger kiddos but I think adults will enjoy it as well. Read more »