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Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes has been writing about film and the entertainment industry since 2004 and served as the President of the Houston Film Critics Society from 2012 to 2019. In 2015, he became a co-owner/publisher of Red 5 Comics and, in 2018, wrote the series "Kulipari: Dreamwalker" for Netflix. In between, he continues his lifelong quest to find THE perfect tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich combination.

Stylish, calculating, and beautiful with a pair of perfectly-pitched performances from its two leads, Cruella is an apt reflection of the life its heroine (Emma Stone) wants to lead, but maybe a decade too late in getting there. A prequel humanizing a villain from a 50-year-old film who literally has ‘devil’ as part of her …

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As Hollywood has been slowly overrun with more and more superhero films, many pages of digital ink have been spilled about how and why that has been so. A lot of those think pieces take the stance that the superhero film is childish, homogenous, and risk-averse as opposed to the adult-oriented entertainment studios used to …

Read More about Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Review

If ten years ago, I had made a list of sentences I would never write in a review, surely ”enjoying a Bob Odenkirk action movie” would have to have been one of them. And yet that reality has come to pass and mostly successfully, if somehow both broad and shallow. Odenkirk’s reinvention as a solid …

Read More about Nobody Review: The Bob Odenkirk Action Thriller

Beautiful, sad, and distant, Land is like the mountainous horizon. Would-be woodswoman Edee (Robin Wright) spends much of her time gazing at a picture-perfect artifice that may be full of significance but is just as likely a mere empty view. On the surface, it is an elegantly paced tone poem of reflection, juxtaposing the uncaring …

Read More about Land Review: Robin Wright’s Directorial Debut

It would be very easy to write The Marksman off as an empty action thriller playing around with evil émigré tropes like a child with a hand grenade because that’s mostly what it is. A low-key chase film built on the personal salvation of a child in trouble, it plays with stereotypes in a way …

Read More about The Marksman Review: The New Liam Neeson Action Thriller

Promising Young Woman is a dive into the deep end of cynicism. That is not a pejorative or a negative. It is simply a statement of the reality viewed by its writer/director and the scores of individuals she is speaking for. A world where painful, life-changing events are passed off as ‘youthful indiscretions’ that a …

Read More about Promising Young Woman Review: Carey Mulligan Takes Revenge

If Hollywood is our guide, great natural disasters have no greater purpose than to focus on a long-standing interpersonal conflict (usually a married couple) and give the participants one big chance to clear it up. Mother Nature isn’t just the personification of our system of physical laws making sure the world works the way it …

Read More about Greenland Review: The Disaster Film Starring Butler and Baccarin