Currently, there is a flurry of documentaries about criminal justice reform. On Hulu, v, directed by Stephen Maing, follows a group of NYPD officers who go against the department in an effort to bring down an illegal quota system that was leading to a disproportionate number of people of color facing
“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within…” Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House begins with the opening
For me, brisk autumn weekends are perfect for curling up with a scary book or movie. While there are some obvious choices, such as my favorites, Scream and Halloween, I combed through Netflix and Hulu to find some other creepy options for watching at home.
Delirium features Topher Grace as Tom, a man
As a bookworm, it is truly a rare occasion for me to think a movie is better than the book, but the recent film A Simple Favor managed to best the novel it’s based on.
In A Simple Favor, glamourous working mom Emily Nelson (Blake Livey) strikes up an unlikely friendship with widowed mom Stephanie
There has been a lot of discussion about the Netflix true crime machine, but the streaming service has also upped their romantic comedy game. One of their recent productions, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, has some classic romcom charm and a quippy trio of sisters at its heart.
To All the Boys
My father, Charly Butcher, passed away on August 15th. Movies were something that Dad and I enjoyed together, and one of my first memories of the movies is actually him taking me to see The Adventures of Milo and Otis and falling asleep. I was only around three years old, so at first I was scared,
This week, I watched Sorry to Bother You in the theater and Birthmarked on Netflix. One movie I loved; the other I’m advising you not to waste your time on.
In Sorry to Bother You, Cassius “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield) needs a job, any job, and lands at a telemarketing firm. He struggles to
Summer is a great time for travel adventure comedies, and Netflix has released some new originals to fit the bill.
Ibiza is a new movie about three friends on a romp through Spain that hides a sweet romance at the heart of a sometimes raunchy travel comedy. In Ibiza, Harper (Gillian Jacobs) has spent
My best friend and I are romantic comedy aficionados, so when Emily suggested I watch a new Netflix movie because it’s a classic RomCom, I had to check it out. Set It Up is not breaking any new ground in storytelling, but it is silly and fun and would make a great pairing with some other films in
I got the chance to see an early screening of the new horror film and film festival favorite, Hereditary, followed by a live-streamed Q&A with the director, Ari Aster. When asked about what he was trying to accomplish with the film, he recounted how he wanted to make a movie about trauma and grief
School may be out for the summer, but you can still get in a lesson or two on American history thanks to two recent documentaries: RBG and Bobby Kennedy for President.
RBG documents the life and legal career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It follows the Notorious RBG from her childhood
From Making a Murderer to The Keepers, true crime has become a big genre for Netflix. I happen to be a huge true crime fan, so this week, I’m rounding up an assortment of true crime options on Netflix, along with a book recommendation and two podcasts.
The latest big true crime project on Netflix
Although Mother’s Day is a holiday meant to celebrate the joys of mothering and the impact those who mother have on all of our lives, mothers and motherhood itself can cause conflicting feelings for many people. Whether it’s a mother who feels in over her head, or a person who never had a caring
With its enormous budget and relative freedom, Netflix has an opportunity to support smaller, innovative films that would likely flounder at the theater. With this opportunity, however, comes mixed results. This week, I watched an independent movie I loved and one I was not so sold on.
In 6 Balloons,
It’s a special treat when a scary movie is also a beautiful film. A Quiet Place, a new monster movie from John Krasinski, infuses 90 minutes of uncomfortable suspense with a touching story of familial love. It also features impeccable sound design and outstanding performances from Krasiniski, his
You may have seen an article floating around about the movies on Netflix that are too scary for people to finish. I think a few items on that list are there due to gore and low quality, but I can say that when I saw The Conjuring in the theater (to review it for this paper), I was tempted to walk
Not long ago, I watched Heathers, the 1989 dark comedy about a teen girl (Winona Ryder) whose deranged boyfriend (Christian Slater) keeps killing their classmates and making it look like suicide. Whereas Heathers, now a cult classic, is bitingly funny and a little too “very” (in the words of the
Some movies I watch and forget. Others make me come home and hit Google. For example, the latest Marvel film, Black Panther, had me looking into Afrofuturism, the fusion of sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction and afrocentrism that made Black Panther seem so unique in the superhero genre.
In 2016, I got to visit The Winchester Mystery House. It was a long-time dream to go see Sarah Winchester’s 160 room mansion outside of San Jose, California, and it far exceeded my expectations. Winchester was the heir to her husband’s wealth earned from the Winchester Repeating Arms Company as
My freshman year of college, a friend and I dressed as Nancy Kerrigan (me) and Tonya Harding (Kathleen) for Halloween. We rollerbladed around campus and parodied a “major”, often-satirized news story from our youth. After watching I, Tonya, I feel like I owe Tonya Harding a bit of an apology.
With the weather turning colder, this month is the perfect time to bundle up and enjoy a good movie. This week, I weigh an option for the theater, a rental and a holiday classic in re-release.
In The Tribes of Palos Verdes, Phil (Justin Kirk) and Sandy Mason (Jennifer Garner) move to Palos Verdes,
In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) grows so frustrated with the police’s lack of progress toward solving her daughter, Angela’s, brutal murder that she buys three billboards just outside of the small town she lives in and posts a blunt message asking
It is not an easy task to create a film about young people that is funny and imaginative while also doing justice to the deep and complicated emotions around making and keeping friends and navigating family dynamics. Wonder delivers on all these elements while also featuring a touching, but not overly-simplified
I normally find the collaboration between the Coen Brothers and George Clooney at least charming, even when the result is lackluster. Their latest film, Suburbicon, however, is so aggressively bad that it was hard to find any redeeming qualities.
Suburbicon is set in the 1950s in Suburbicon, an everytown
Happy Death Day can easily be described as Groundhog Day meets Scream, and at the story’s end it acknowledges its similarity to the Bill Murray comedy, but the movie does not suffer from a lack of creativity. Instead, it adeptly puts a funny, thrilling spin on familiar plots.
In Happy Death Day,