Reviewing “Crimson Peak” An atmospheric gothic horror tale forgets itself and becomes an unsatisfying melodramatic actioner

Crimson Peak

I was impressed to see Guillermo del Toro delivering a somewhat staid, classic terror tale with an emphasis on mood and atmosphere. I was curious where he was going with the story, and what dark secrets were going to be revealed. What happens instead is that the film, inexplicably switches gears towards the ending, becoming more of an over-the-top violent action feature mixed with unconvincing and unnecessary melodrama.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “The Martian” The movie pulls all the right heartstrings mixed with humor and tension, but lacks any connection to science or space flight

The Martian

While it’s nice when studios make the rare attempt at hard science fiction, this story really could have been set in any remote location on earth and still have had the same effect. It doesn’t use its setting to tell any new and different tale, and it’s not so beholden to the laws of physics as to impart any sort of real science lesson.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Fantastic Four (2015)” This big budget superhero film can only muster the quality of a future Rifftrax classic

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four is hilariously bad. The kind of bad that only true B-movie fans will appreciate. This is Robot Monster bad, Giant Claw bad, Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy bad! It’s the kind of bad that the average person wouldn’t even pick up on, unless prompted by the robots on Mystery Science Theater 3000!   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Interstellar” and its Impact A Slice of SciFi Movie Review


Slice of SciFi movie critics Noah Richman and Daren Gulsvig needed time — days worth of time — to digest the cerebral, emotional, logical and imaginational impact of Interstellar. At 3+ hours long, it was a lot to take in and our reporters don’t see eye to eye on the success of Christopher Nolan’s epic ride.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “As Above/So Below” A Slice of SciFi Movie Review

As Above/So Below teaser

With a late August release date and very little fanfare, my expectations going into this movie were exceedingly low. Having suffered through my share of mediocre, grade-B horror films recently, it was with much trepidation that I made my way into the theatre. Perhaps it was partially due to my lowered expectation, but once the film began I found myself pleasantly surprised.   [Read more…]