Terminator: Dark Fate: A Thrilling Sequel Held Back by a Familiar Story

When it comes to the “Terminator” franchise, it’s clear that it’s been struggling quite a bit over the last several years to deliver films worthy of standing next to James Cameron’s original classics. Those thrilling films and their riveting storylines have mostly been replaced with pale imitations that have turned out to be monotonous and forgettable, especially when it comes to the last two entries: “Terminator: Salvation” and “Terminator: Genisys.” However, the studio continues to mine the material in hopes of churning out another hit for the series, even going so far as to get Cameron back on board to produce and develop the story. Will it be enough to finally get the franchise back on t

Harriet: A Beautifully-Made and Compelling Biopic

There has always been a fascinating story to be told about the legendary Underground Railroad, and the brave men and women who risked their lives to bring slaves to freedom in the North. Not too long ago, there was even a short-lived television series about them called “Underground.” However, this year, director/co-writer Kasi Lemmons has opted to give the most famous of these “conductors” the big screen treatment with her latest film “Harriet.” This, of course, refers to the great Harriet Tubman who made the dangerous journey between the North and South multiple times, saving hundreds of slaves from the mid-1800s through the Civil War. With just that brief description, it’s hardly surprisin

Joker: A Shocking and Darkly-Humorous Origin Story

At this point, it’s undeniable to say that The Joker is one of the great, iconic villains of cinema. For over 50 years, we’ve seen amazing actors take on the legendary role, including Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, Heath Ledger (and to lesser effect, Jared Leto). Each performer has brought their own unique talents to the part, imbuing it with specific traits to make it all their own, making you wonder if, after all this time, it would even be possible for anyone to come up with a new rendition. To find the answer, director/co-writer Todd Phillips enlisted the great Joaquin Phoenix to take on the iconic role for “Joker,” a new, gritty take on the villain’s origin story that seeks