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: Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon Swamped with Half-Baked Comedy and Spy Antics in “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

The Spy Who Dumped Me (Susanna Fogel, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play classic fish out water characters flopping about in a world of gunplay and car chases in The Spy Who Dumped Me, directed by … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Raises a New Bar for Its Genre

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Tom Cruise returns as the driven I.M.F. operative Ethan Hunt in the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Equalizer 2” Cannot Rise Above Its Own Boredom and Contrivances

The Equalizer 2 (Antoine Fuqua, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Director Antoine Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington return to the life of Robert McCall, a mysterious man who dishes out vigilante justice of his own design, in The Equalizer 2, co-starring … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Surreal and the Macabre Elevate the Comedy of “Sorry to Bother You”

Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Hip-hop musician Boots Riley showcases his natural talents as a filmmaker with his debut feature film Sorry to Bother You, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Jermaine Fowler. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strong Performances of “Sicario 2” Left Behind in Uneven Plot

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Stefano Sollima, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Acclaimed screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) returns to the harsh and amoral border wars of the United States and Mexico in the second chapter of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Surprising Friendship Message Shines Through the Pratfalls and Frat Jokes in “Tag”

Tag (Jeff Tomsic, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Tag is based on a real-life game of tag played by close friends for 23 years. Director Jeff Tomsic and his troupe of able-bodied comedians take this seemingly unbelievable story and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Underdeveloped Concept Leaves Much to Be Desired in “Hotel Artemis”

Hotel Artemis (Drew Pearce, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. After the 2014 underground hit John Wick established the interesting idea of a fortified sanctuary for criminals in the form of the Continental Hotel, it was only a matter of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Jokes and the Insanity Are Dialed to the Nth Degree in “Deadpool 2”

Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. Deadpool 2 is the second installment of the Deadpool franchise and is directed by David Leitch and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds. Since the events of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Amy Schumer Brings Enough Laughs and a Positive Message in “I Feel Pretty”

I Feel Pretty (Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. In Amy Schumer’s new comedy, I Feel Pretty, Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, writers of Never Been Kissed and How to Be Single, each take a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sincerity Between Man and Ape Barely Survives Contrivances of “Rampage”

Rampage (Brad Peyton, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Brad Peyton, director of San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, teams up with collaborator Dwayne Johnson in their new outing: Rampage. Loosely based on the classic 1980s arcade game … Continue reading

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