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: A Stellar Cast and Noir-Inspired Thrills Are Standouts at the “El Royale”

Bad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Drew Goddard, the creator of Netflix’s popular Daredevil series, spills his trademark wit and mixed-genre writing into the high-stakes world of a classic noir mystery in Bad Times at … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kevin Hart and His Brand of Comedy Barely Pass in “Night School”

Night School (Malcolm D. Lee, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. Tiffany Haddish and her Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee team up with comedy megastar Kevin Hart in Night School, the latest send-up to John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club and other films centered … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Blood, the Snark and the Charm Is Cranked up in Shane Black’s Uneven “The Predator”

The Predator (Shane Black, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. In 1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McTiernan, two Hollywood legends at the height of their power, came together and made Predator, an action film that successfully crossed multiple genres and remains … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Operation Finale” Boasts Strong Leads but Deserves Stronger Direction

Operation Finale (Chris Weitz, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Set 15 years after the devastating events of World War Two, Operation Finale tells the story of Israeli secret agent Peter Malkin, played by Oscar Isaac, and his team, tasked with capturing … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Action Genre and Its Potential Are Botched in “Mile 22”

Mile 22 (Peter Berg, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. In the past five years, audiences – blessed with the sublime action of Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and, most recently, Mission: Impossible – Fallout – could let out a … Continue reading

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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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