BLAIR WITCH Review: An Unremarkable Sequel From a Remarkable Filmmaking Team

WARNING: LIGHT SPOILERS FOLLOW It’s fine. Unfortunately, those were the words going through my mind as the credits rolled after Blair Witch. A kind of concurring sigh of relief and venting of frustration, “It’s fine” is the perfect phrase to use when describing the new film from the terrifically creative duo of genre filmmakers, Adam…

SULLY Review: Clint Eastwood’s First Good Film this Decade

The trailers for Sully hinted potential, but still, one could only expect lackluster given the hands behind it. The once great Clint Eastwood has struggled to provide anything of merit these past few years (hell, this entire decade), with Jersey Boys being an utter disgrace and American Sniper being too politically one-sided for its own…

DON’T BREATHE First Look Review: A Scary, Suspenseful, Straight-Up Crowdpleaser

If Fede Alvarez’s name doesn’t mean anything to you, it should. This filmmaker, with only two movies under his belt, is someone to look out for. Working alongside Sam Raimi (he directed the remake of Raimi’s Evil Dead three years ago), Alvarez has been successful at making crowd-pleasing experiences that people get genuinely excited about. While Raimi’s original…

Ben Lane’s Reviews is Now FORTRESS OF FILM!

These are dark times, there’s no denying. Recently I have discovered and been informed that my website URL (benlanesreviews.com for almost three years), is a bit… well, pretentious. And while I’m certainly aware that I am far from the most famous film critic, I understand that plastering my name everywhere around the article (Twitter links, author…

FINDING DORY Review: Another Triumph from Pixar

Finding Dory is a treasure of a movie, the kind of sequel Pixar hasn’t been able to push out since Toy Story 2 back in 1999. Don’t misunderstand, though; Dory is not as good as the second Toy Story , but it’s easily the best Pixar sequel outside of that particular trilogy. Picking up a…

My Ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

You could disagree with me, but you won’t… because I’m right. It’s a great time to be a comic-book fan. Even before the series now known as the MCU was sparked with Jon Favreau’s first Iron Man film, superhero movies were booming. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies were a hit, Chris Nolan resurrected the Batman, the…

MOONWALKERS Review: One Small Step for Rupert Grint

Huh. Well, I certainly wanted to love this movie. I mean, not only am I obsessed with Stanley Kubrick and the whole moon landing situation, but rarely ever do I get to see that put on the screen. Not to mention the fact that Rupert Grint is in a movie (I would even pay to…