Film Reviews

Jack Black arrives at the premiere of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Regal LA Live in Los Angeles. (Photo by Allison Dinner/Invision/AP)

Wahoo! ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ is No. 1 for third week

Film rakes in close to $1 billion in box office sales in less than 3 weeks

 

This image released by A24 shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from “Beau is Afraid.” (Takashi Seida/A24 via AP)

‘Mario’ tops charts again; ‘Beau is Afraid’ wins in limited

‘Mario’ scored the best 2nd weekend ever for an animated movie in North American theaters

 

This image released by Nintendo and Universal Studios shows Mario, voiced by Chris Pratt, left, and Luigi, voiced by Charlie Day in Nintendo’s “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” (Nintendo and Universal Studios via AP)

‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ is a box office smash

Animated film is an origin story of Brooklyn plumbers Mario and Luigi

 

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Devyn Nekoda and Melissa Barrera in a scene from “Scream VI.” (Philippe Bossé/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Review: ‘Scream VI’ goes to the big city and strikes out

Filmmakers pick an enormous canvas and thoroughly waste it in latest chapter of gorefest franchise.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Devyn Nekoda and Melissa Barrera in a scene from “Scream VI.” (Philippe Bossé/Paramount Pictures via AP)
This image released by MGM shows Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, left, and Jonathan Majors as Damian Anderson, right, in a scene from “Creed III.” (Eli Ade/MGM via AP)

A box office K.O.: ‘Creed III’ debuts to $58.7 million

Film handed an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, A- from CinemaScore

This image released by MGM shows Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, left, and Jonathan Majors as Damian Anderson, right, in a scene from “Creed III.” (Eli Ade/MGM via AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Keri Russell in a scene from “Cocaine Bear,” directed by Elizabeth Banks. (Pat Redmond/Universal Pictures via AP)

‘Cocaine Bear’ gets high with $23.1M, ‘Ant-Man’ sinks fast

‘Quantumania’ still holds the No. 1 spot with $32.2M in ticket sales

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Keri Russell in a scene from “Cocaine Bear,” directed by Elizabeth Banks. (Pat Redmond/Universal Pictures via AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows O’Shea Jackson, Jr., from left, Alden Ehrenreich, Ayoola Smart and Ray Liotta in a scene from “Cocaine Bear,” directed by Elizabeth Banks. (Pat Redmond/Universal Pictures via AP)

Review: ‘Cocaine Bear,’ 100% pure, uncut junk with no high

If only this Pablo Escobear of a movie had snorted enough to stay up later and write a better plot

This image released by Universal Pictures shows O’Shea Jackson, Jr., from left, Alden Ehrenreich, Ayoola Smart and Ray Liotta in a scene from “Cocaine Bear,” directed by Elizabeth Banks. (Pat Redmond/Universal Pictures via AP)
This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Kate Winslet, as Ronal, left, and Cliff Curtis, as Tonowari, in a scene from “Avatar: The Way of Water.” (20th Century Studios via AP)

‘Avatar 2,’ ‘M3GAN’ hold onto top spots at the box office

In third place is ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’

This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Kate Winslet, as Ronal, left, and Cliff Curtis, as Tonowari, in a scene from “Avatar: The Way of Water.” (20th Century Studios via AP)
This cover image released by The Permanent Press shows “Dogtown” by Howard Owen. (The Permanent Press via AP)

Review: A reporter at a dying paper solves a serial murder

Willie Black takes matters into his own hands after police fail to turn up any real leads

This cover image released by The Permanent Press shows “Dogtown” by Howard Owen. (The Permanent Press via AP)
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Viola Davis in “The Woman King.” (Sony Pictures via AP)

Review: A classic battle epic in ‘The Woman King’

Viola Davis takes viewers through the West African Kingdom of Dahomey during the 19th century

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Viola Davis in “The Woman King.” (Sony Pictures via AP)
Director Loretta Sarah Todd, lead actress Grace Dove, and author Eden Robinson (L-R) behind the scenes. (VIFF Media)

‘Monkey Beach’ supernatural film adaptation premiers at VIFF

Based on Kitamaat author Eden Robinson’s debut, mystical novel

Director Loretta Sarah Todd, lead actress Grace Dove, and author Eden Robinson (L-R) behind the scenes. (VIFF Media)
Brad Pitt, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Columbia Pictures’ Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. Sony Pictures Entertainment

Looking back: The best of 2019 on the big screen

Monday’s Kyle Wells shares his top 10 list for the year – and the best films of the decade

Brad Pitt, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Columbia Pictures’ Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. Sony Pictures Entertainment
If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), showed moviegoers that his previous success was not a flash in the pan.

LOOKING BACK: 2018 bucked usual movie trend by being great all year

Aficianado Kyle Wells offers up his top 10 films of the year, and what made them stand out

  • Dec 30, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), showed moviegoers that his previous success was not a flash in the pan.