The fourth film in a horror franchise is just about the easiest movie to write off ever. And yet, you shouldn't do that with Insidious: The Last Key, despite it being just that. It's a creepy, unpredictable, and surprisingly heartfelt addition to the franchise - and easily the best film in the series since the first one.
Ever since I heard Netflix's Black Mirror was going to do a parody of Star Trek, with a focus on totalitarianism, a million ideas ran through my head. Was this going to be like Star Trek: Discovery, exploring the conflict between military might and scientific exploration - or, was it going to be the Mirror Universe brought to life, showing what a man like Captain Kirk would become if he'd been given more control? As it turns out, "USS Callister" was nothing like I expected, and it's an absolute must-see.
The formula of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sounds like it can't miss. Put some big personalities in a gorgeous setting and have them tell funny jokes and perform a lot of action. When those big personalities are played by stars like Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black, the odds of success are even higher. Jumanji meets those expectations for sure, it just never exceeds them.
David Ayer's Bright is incredibly ambitious. Too ambitious, in fact. It's an avalanche of conflicting movie ideas all jammed into one. Some of them are fascinating, others familiar, and a few are downright awful. The result is a off-putting hodgepodge that never comes together, but isn't wholly without its merits.
This time of year, scary-movie fans have many go-to favourites: Gremlins; Silent Night, Deadly Night; Christmas Evil. But there's one holiday horror classic that stands above the rest: Black Christmas, a hugely influential early slasher film that has a distinctive tone and unusually textured characters, both of which make it unique.
Thirty-eight years after it should have first aired, Douglas Adams' last Doctor Who story, "Shada," is finally complete. Was it worth a nearly four-decade wait? It's hard to say. Because without that legacy of mystery to propel it, "Shada" would never really have become more than the sum of its otherwise rather average parts.
With his first published novel, The Martian, Andy Weir blinded us with science. It's no secret to say that the story's massive success was due to his factual yet fascinating explanation of how someone could plausibly survive on Mars. In Artemis, Weir tries to evolve to a new level of storytelling, but the changes are unfortunately not for the better.
Watching Coco, I couldn't stop thinking about Back to the Future. Both films are about young men who travel to an impossible place and have to solve an issue with their family. Both feature the travelling character fading out of existence, they both play the guitar, both films feature important musical performances -- and both hinge on a photo.
There's a good reason many superheroes are also billionaires: because the fancy gadgets that Iron Man and Batman rely on cost untold millions. It makes fantasies like owning your very own Batmobile nearly unachievable, although with its new RC Ultimate Justice League Batmobile, Mattel might have a half-decent way to alleviate your superhero envy.
It's rare to see a company make an almost perfect product. It's even rarer to see them improve an almost perfect product. And yet, here we are. Sony's already incredible MDR-1000X wireless, adaptive noise-cancelling headphones got an upgrade earlier this year. I've been testing the new model for a few weeks now, and let me tell you, they're so good you'll probably want to upgrade from your Bose.
Truly wireless in-ear headphones have only been in vogue for the last year or so, but we're starting to see some pretty excellent attempts pop up. B&O's E8s currently reign supreme in my heart, but Sony's new WF-1000X promises the same minute attention to sound quality -- with the addition of integrated noise cancelling. And the WF-1000X delivers on that promise; these are up there with the best of the best.
Tiny wireless earphones are all the rage right now. Apple, Jabra, Sony, Jaybird, Bose, and now Bang & Olufsen have all joined the race to build miniature 'buds that sit in your ears without cables, and each one wants to be the pair in your pocket. B&O Play's Beoplay E8 takes a fashion-forward approach, but these pint-sized earphones also sound incredibly good for their size.
Here's the thing about Stranger Things season two: If you liked season one, and pretty much everyone did, then you'll like this season just fine. Everything is turned up a bit, but the soul of Stranger Things remains what it was last season -- a story about friendship, family, and giant piles of '80s nostalgia.