Author Archives: Patrick Howard

About Patrick Howard

Patrick Howard has been a cinephile since age seven. Alongside 10 years of experience in film analysis and criticism, he is a staunch supporter of all art forms and believes their influence and legacy over human culture is vital. Mr. Howard takes the time to write his own narrative stories when he can.

Film Review: “Annabelle Comes Home” with Effective Tricks and Scares

Annabelle Comes Home (Gary Dauberman, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Marking its seventh entry, The Conjuring cinematic universe is the little franchise that keeps on chugging along. Granted, not all of its films, especially the ones with the creepy doll Annabelle, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets 2” Offers Passable Fun, but None Worthy of Silver Screen

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Jonathan del Val/Chris Renaud, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. I’m always hesitant to review a sequel. As a critic, you want to do your job of critiquing an artist’s work with as much … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” Doubles Down on Monster Action but Retains Dull Human Characters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Michael Dougherty, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Five years ago, Gareth Edwards brought the second American reimagining of one of Japan’s most cherished exports, Godzilla, to life. Godzilla (2014) was a dignified and well-crafted … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Avengers: Endgame” Impressively Sustains Marvel’s Effect on Cinema

Avengers: Endgame (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Eleven years ago, I never thought the superhero genre would have reached the level of accomplishment of a 21-film saga. Before the first Iron Man released into theaters in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Best of Enemies” Offers the Bare Minimum of Racial Tension

The Best of Enemies (Robin Bissell, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. In today’s heated and hate-injected racial climate, one can’t deny the timeliness of the release of Robin Bissell’s The Best of Enemies, set in 1971 Durham, North Carolina. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Paranoia and Fear of the Doppelgänger Infiltrates Jordan Peele’s “Us”

Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Once again Jordan Peele crashes through our mental cavities without any discernable mercy and penetrates our nightmares with the overlooked fear of the doppelgänger in Us. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston … Continue reading

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Film Review: Julianne Moore Offers Audiences a Bleak but Resonating Slice of Life in “Gloria Bell”

Gloria Bell (Sebastián Lelio, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. Julianne Moore continues to be a shining testament both to her craft and entire generation in Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria Bell. Much akin to Jean Luc-Godard’s Breathless and Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 … Continue reading

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“Dragon 3” Delivers Family Fun but Never Matches Dramatic Weight of Predecessors

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dean DeBlois, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Dean DeBlois, director of Dragons 1 and 2, draws the velvet curtain on the newly formed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy with its final installment, The … Continue reading

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Patrick Howard’s Top 10 Films of 2018

Here is my list, in order of preference, with each title hyperlinked to my review, if such a review exists, or to the movie’s page on IMDb, if I did not review (though I include a short capsule if that … Continue reading

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Film Review: The All Too Familiar Magic of “Mary Poppins Returns” in Full Effect

Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Rob Marshall, Academy Award nominee and director of Chicago, takes audiences back to Disney’s enchanting and atmospheric envision of London, England, in Mary Poppins Returns. Two decades after Mary Poppins … Continue reading

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