Shannon McGrew

Movie Review: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (2018)

Movie Review: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (2018)

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, from directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, the writers of Zootopia, is the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s Wreck It Ralph. The film takes place 6 years after the event of the original and finds Ralph and Vanellope on a new adventure upon their discovery of the internet. The film hosts a slew of A-list voice actors which include John C. Reilly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, Gal Gadot as Shank and Taraji P. Henson as Yesss.

Blu-ray/DVD Review: TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (2018)

Blu-ray/DVD Review: TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (2018)

TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES, from directors Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, takes the beloved Teen Titans Go! TV series and gives it the animated cinematic experience fans have been waiting for. The film stars the original cast from the TV series which includes Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, Hynden Walch as Starfire, and Greg Cipes as Beast Boy. Additionally, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, and Nicolas Cage lend their voices to this superhero infused animated film.

Movie Review: INCREDIBLES 2 (2018)

Movie Review: INCREDIBLES 2 (2018)

INCREDIBLES 2 is the highly anticipated animated sequel that reunites audiences' with their favorite animated superheroes. The film is written and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles along with some new, animated faces, voiced by Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk. 

Movie Review: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

Movie Review: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, from acclaimed director Ron Howard, gives fans the chance to delve deeper into the life of one of their favorite Star Wars characters, Han Solo. The film stars an A-list roster that includes Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover (Atlanta), and Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War). 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: MOST LIKELY TO MURDER

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: MOST LIKELY TO MURDER

MOST LIKELY TO MURDER, the latest project from writer/director Dan Gregor (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), is a murder-mystery comedy centered around Billy, a former high-school hero, who returns home expecting life to be like it once was. While back at his old stomping ground, he learns that all his friends have moved on and that his ex-girlfriend is dating the high school outcast, Lowell, who Billy used to mercifully make fun of. When a death occurs, Billy is convinced that Lowell is behind it and sets forth a chain of reactions to prove to his friends how deadly Lowell really is. The film stars Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), and Adam Pally (Dirty Grandpa). 

Movie Review: TOMB RAIDER

Movie Review: TOMB RAIDER

TOMB RAIDER, the lastest film from Roar Uthaug (The Wave), is an action-packed adventure that shows both Lara Croft’s fierce determination, strength, and heart. It’s a film that doesn’t undermine the character of Croft with overly revealing outfits, mansplaining, or useless romantic interludes. Instead it shows how she rises to become the Lara Croft we all have come to love and respect while still showing a vulnerability in her ever increasing strength and badassery. The film stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, along with Dominic West (“The Wire”), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Daniel Wu (“Into the Badlands”), and Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour).

Disney Movie Review: A WRINKLE IN TIME

Disney Movie Review: A WRINKLE IN TIME

A WRINKLE IN TIME, the latest film from director Ava DuVernay (Selma) is a fantastical journey through space and time that is visually astounding in both its heartwarming message and throughout its darker moments. The film boasts an A-list cast that includes Oprah Winfrey (Selma), Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”), Mindy Kaling (Inside Out), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Storm Reid (Sleight), Levi Miller (Better Watch Out), and Deric McCabe (Stephanie).

Blu-ray/DVD Review: WALKING OUT

Blu-ray/DVD Review: WALKING OUT

WALKING OUT, the latest film from directors Alex Smith (The Slaughter Rule) and Andrew J. Smith (The Slaughter Rule), is a survival tale told through the lens of a father and son who encounter a brutal attack in the wilderness. The film stars Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart), Josh Wiggins (Max) and Bill Pullman (Independence Day). 

Movie Review: RED SPARROW

Movie Review: RED SPARROW

RED SPARROW, the latest film from director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games series), is much more than just an action flick and more about how women use what they have to survive against the male patriarchy. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!), Joel Edgerton (It Comes at Night), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), and Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers). 

Movie Review: THE DISASTER ARTIST

Movie Review: THE DISASTER ARTIST

In the grand scheme of things, I haven’t been a fan of The Room (2003) for long. The first time I saw it was at the Tribeca Film Festival about 3 years ago and Rifftrax was doing a live show to commemorate the cult following that The Room has attained. Since then I’ve watched the film maybe two or three other times because let’s be honest, it’s a little difficult to get through because it is THAT bad. However, I do enjoy how much of a cult classic it’s become and I’m incredibly fascinated with the mastermind behind it, Tommy Wiseau. Fast-forward to a year after my first viewing and my boyfriend informs me that there is a book titled “The Disaster Artist” that I have to read, and man oh man, what a glorious vortex of insanity that book is. 

Blu-ray/DVD Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

Blu-ray/DVD Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD is the latest film from director Guy Ritchie that incorporates breathtaking visuals and a hypnotic score, with surprisingly sub-par acting from the leads. The film boasts an array of A-list actors that include Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy"), Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator) and Eric Bana (Munich). 

Movie Review: ATOMIC BLONDE

Movie Review: ATOMIC BLONDE

This year women have been dominating the big screen in films such as Wonder Woman, Killing Ground, and Raw. With that said, we were long overdue for a film to come out that would rival the fandom that surrounds the James Bond movies. In David Leitch's latest film, ATOMIC BLONDE, we may have found our female Bond in the form of Charlize Theron's character, Lorraine Broughton, and it truly is everything we could hope for and more. 

Fantasia Film Festival Movie Review: LOWLIFE

Fantasia Film Festival Movie Review: LOWLIFE

LOWLIFE is the feature length directorial debut from Ryan Prows and stars Ricardo Adam Zarate (Deadly Sins), Nicki Micheaux ("Six Feet Under"), Jon Oswald ("Mata Hari") and Mark Burnham (Hidden in the Woods). The film intertwines three stories presented to the viewer from the eyes of a luchador wrestler, an addict, and an ex-con after an organ harvesting deal goes wrong. 

Blu-ray/DVD Review: TRAINSPOTTING 2

Blu-ray/DVD Review: TRAINSPOTTING 2

There aren't many films that leave a lasting impression on me, especially when they were first released 20 years ago. This could partly be because I have a horrible memory but also because they aren't a lot of films that really get under your skin and nestle there for years to come. With that said, there are two films that immediately come to mind when I think back to the mid-90/early 2000s: TRAINSPOTTING and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. I couldn't tell you where I was when I first watched either film, but I can tell you that each of those films has stayed with me since. 

DVD Review: TUNNEL

DVD Review: TUNNEL

I love disaster movies. I don't know if it's because even though they can be far-fetched at times, there is still a realistic nature to them. Disaster movies tend to scare me more than modern day horror films, to the point where I find myself incredibly stressed out and anxious over whatever intense, over-the-top calamity is unfolding. When I had the chance to review TUNNEL, which finds our main character trapped after a poorly constructed tunnel collapses, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. 

Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Last night, I was able to attend a special screening of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, the latest installment of the wildly popular FAST AND FURIOUS series. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy all the movies to some extent - the mixture of over-the-top stunts, ridiculous scenarios, fast cars, and mega eye candy, definitely peaked my interest enough to get see each and every one of these films. When the trailer for THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS dropped, it promised all of the above and more, leaving me intrigued as to where the story would go in the absence of Paul Walker. 

Movie Review: COLOSSAL

Movie Review: COLOSSAL

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to see the newest film from director Nacho Vigalondo, COLOSSAL. Having heard nothing but rave reviews coming from it's festival circuit, I was looking forward to experiencing what all the buzz was about. On the surface, the film plays out like a modern day monster movie, however, when you start to peel back the layers of the film, it's becomes more of a study on human behavior and the monster that is inside us all. 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: M.F.A

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: M.F.A

Females seeking revenge is a theme that seems to be popping up a lot in films as of late. Personally, I don’t have a problem with this as I’ve enjoyed seeing women fight for what they believe in and exact retribution on those who have wronged them. When I first heard about director Natalia Leite’s newest film M.F.A, I thought it would be an interesting portrayal of a woman seeking revenge after being assaulted. What I wasn’t expecting was just how powerful this film was in regards to sexual assault awareness and the parallels I found between my life and that of the lead character, Noelle. 

Blu-ray Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

Blu-ray Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

This past weekend I had the chance to check out the Blu-ray release of Ben Affleck’s THE ACCOUNTANT.  I’m always on the fence when it comes to Affleck, even though the majority of the time, I really like what he directs and acts in (and that goes for Batman as well).  Obviously, this film is not a horror one, but there is enough action, intrigue, and death to have kept me on my seat for the 2+ hour runtime.  Though THE ACCOUNTANT isn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, it still managed to captivate me while also sending a positive and heartfelt message to the viewers. 

Movie Review: MY FATHER DIE

Movie Review: MY FATHER DIE

I am a sucker for a film that showcases monsters as being true, blue human beings.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my supernatural thrillers just as much as the next person, but there is something to be said when a movie depicts horror in a scenario that is plausible and realistic. MY FATHER DIE is one of those films that shows just how awful humans can be towards one another, and towards the ones they love.  I'll be honest, this is a tough film to watch, it’s gritty and bloody, and when you are done watching it, it feels like someone has knocked the wind out of you. With all of that said, for reasons listed below, this has now become my favorite film of 2017 because of it’s raw and unapologetic nature.