Category Archives: Review

Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur (2015)


In The Good Dinosaur, Pixar imagines a world where dinosaurs never went extinct and now live alongside humans. The movie follows Arlo, a young cowardly dinosaur who finds himself lost from his family farm and forced to confront his fears to return home. Arlo finds an unlikely companion in a human “creature” named Spot, who acts as Arlo’s guard dog. Continue reading


Movie Review: Sicario (2015)


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In Denis Villeneuve‘s latest movie Sicario, Emily Blunt plays Kate, an idealistic FBI agent recruited to an interagency task force working to take down a drug cartel on the US/Mexico border. As the task force moves closer to the objective, Kate begins to question the tactics they use and her purpose within the unit. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Martian (2015)

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Only a few years after Prometheus marked Ridley Scott‘s return to the sci-fi space genre, he’s back with an adaptation of Andy Weir’s breakout hard sci-fi novel The Martian (read my review on Obsessive Book Nerd here). The Martian takes a realistic look at survival on our barren celestial neighbor and showcases what humanity can accomplish when unified toward a common goal.

After an unexpected storm forces the abort of a manned Mars mission, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) finds himself stranded on the red planet. Faced with overwhelming odds, Watney must use his wits and science to survive on the planet long enough to be rescued. Continue reading

Movie Review: No Escape (2015)


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No Escape pits Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters (Claire Geare and Sterling Jerins) in the middle of a coup soon after the family moves to their new Asian home. When chaos reigns in the streets, and foreigners are brutally executed, the family must overcome unbelievable odds to ensure their safety.

The opening scene of the movie shows a diplomatic summit from the perspective of a guard. We watch as a waiter carries drinks to the officials speaking after the guard tests them presumably for poison. Knowing the premise of the movie, you expect a certain resolution to this sequence but the movie utilizes misdirection to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Movie Review: Ask Me Anything (2014)

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Ask Me Anything‘s cover art and description on Netflix are deceiving. The cover displays star Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, Under the Dome) haphazardly wearing a man’s shirt and tie with a disheveled bed behind her and a befuddled, “look what I’ve gotten myself into” expression on her face. Netflix’s elevator pitch plot description reads: “On a yearlong break between high school and college, a teenager writes an anonymous but highly revealing blog chronicling her sex life.” Rounding out the misdirection is the tagline: “Young, not so innocent.” Continue reading

Movie Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

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About 45 minutes into Fantastic Four‘s meager 85 minute runtime, the 5 year old sitting a few rows in front of me loudly asked her parents “Which one of them turns into the rock thing!?” I usually have zero tolerance for movie talkers and theater disruptions. However, instead of quietly wishing that theaters would double charge parents who bring their children to a non-matinee show time, I chuckled because the kid was onto something. Continue reading

Movie Review: Ex Machina (2015)


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Alex Garland is responsible for writing two of my favorite movies in the last fifteen years. 28 Days Later and Sunshine were both collaborations between Garland and director Danny Boyle that told thought-provoking stories about humanity’s flaws and its willpower in a familiar but somehow original sci-fi or horror premise. Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina follows this trend and leaves a lot for the viewer to ponder.

After Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to work alongside Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the head of a Google-like empire, he discovers the man’s true reason for calling upon the young programmer. Nathan has created an artificial intelligence named Ava (Alicia Vikander) and Caleb is tasked with evaluating the machine’s consciousness. However, nothing is quite as it seems. Continue reading

Movie Review: Vacation (2015)


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Vacation shares some surprising similarities with Jurassic World. Both are pseudo-reboots of decades-old franchises masquerading as sequels that both feature amusement parks with velociraptors. Of course, in Jurassic World the velociraptor is the only character with meaningful development whereas Vacation‘s velociraptor is a roller coaster. However, their biggest similarity is the fact that they both missed their marks completely. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Closing Night Film Review – Wildlike (2014)

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Wildlike was the closing film of 2015’s Indy Film Fest on July 25th. You can find more of’s coverage of the festival here.

Following the death of her father, troubled teenager Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is sent to Juneau, Alaska to stay with her uncle (Brian Geraghty) while her mother works out some of her own issues. When her uncle’s home proves not to be safe for Mackenzie, she goes on the run. While trying to survive on her own and evading detection, she crosses paths with Rene Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood), a man with his own troubles on a private quest for peace. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Best of American Spectrum Review – The Answers (2015) & Night Owls (2015)


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Saturday was Indy Film Fest’s “best of” screenings, which featured screenings of each of the festival’s winning shorts and features in their respective categories. Fortunately for me, one of the movies I wanted to see most of all this year, Charles Hood’s Night Owls, won best feature in the American Spectrum category. This gave me the opportunity to see it as the other screenings conflicted with my schedule. As an added bonus, it was paired with the “Best American Spectrum” short film, Michael Goode’s The Answers. Below you’ll find my review of both. Of course, you can find all of my Indy Film Fest coverage here.
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Movie Review: Trainwreck (2015)


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Written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, Trainwreck is a cookie cutter romantic comedy that follows every beat and convention of the genre to a tee but attempts to get away with it on the strength of its lead actress. Surprisingly, it almost succeeds in that regard and manages to provide some laughs as it takes its audience down familiar rom-com territory.
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Indy Film Fest 2015: Movie Review – Mistress America (2015)


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I watched Mistress America as part of 2015’s Indy Film Fest at The Toby in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. You can find more of’s coverage of the festival here.

Mistress America is the latest comedy from Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, While We’re Young, Frances Ha) and stars Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the script. The movie is about Tracy (Lola Kirke) a college freshman that forms a bond with her older, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig) after being rejected from her school’s literary society. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Movie Review – Chrysalis (2014)


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I watched Chrysalis as part of 2015’s Indy Film Fest at the IMAX theater in the Indiana State Museum on July 17th. You can find more of’s coverage of the festival here.

From writer Ben Kurstin and director John Klein, Chrysalis is a post-apocalyptic movie in the vain of 28 Days Later set in 2038. In this future where people infected with a virus attack what remains of humanity, Josh (Cole Simon) and Penelope (Sara Gorsky) roam the wasteland for shelter and food. When the couple take in lone survivor Abira (Tanya Thai McBride), their lives get suddenly get more complicated, throwing their survival into question. Continue reading

Indy Film Fest 2015: Opening Night Film Review – Sleeping With Other People (2015)

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Sleeping With Other People was the opening film of 2015’s Indy Film Fest on July 16th. It will be released in theaters on September 11, 2015. You can find more of’s coverage of the festival here.

Don’t let the title fool you. Sleeping With Other People isn’t simply a romantic comedy about two people ignoring physical attraction in an effort to keep things platonic. Instead, writer/director Leslye Headland has crafted a brutally honest look at dating and relationships when emotionally dysfunctional people are involved. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 15 – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 2

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In what could be the biggest review series in the history of Obsessive Viewer, I’m committing myself to reviewing all the movies and shows in Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe. You can find an index of my MCU reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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