Joe Evans

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s’ eye candy is a bit too sweet, but still enjoyable

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s’ eye candy is a bit too sweet, but still enjoyable

How many root beer floats are too many? That seems like a trick question, right? How could one possibly put an objective limit on delicious, sugary goodness? I, like many, love a good root beer float. It’s a delicious treat that hits my sweet tooth like a laser blast. If someone put a root beer […]

 Joe Evans

REVIEW: Iron Horse Movie Bistro in Scranton offers a new moviegoing experience in NEPA

REVIEW: Iron Horse Movie Bistro in Scranton offers a new moviegoing experience in NEPA

I’m a lover of film – a cinephile, if you will. I see, at minimum, a movie in the theater per week. Observant readers have probably seen my movie reviews on this very website. So, like so many other film fans in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I was incredibly excited when I found out that downtown Scranton […]

 Joe Evans

MOVIE REVIEW: Visually stunning ‘Moana’ rivals ‘Frozen’ as best Disney animated movie in years

MOVIE REVIEW: Visually stunning ‘Moana’ rivals ‘Frozen’ as best Disney animated movie in years

Disney’s animation studio is just recently hitting its stride. They hit what many would consider the peak of its glory with 2013’s cultural phenomenon “Frozen.” “Moana,” however, takes what the studio got right with “Frozen” and built on its foundations with its follow-up effort. I’m going to say this right off the top, just to […]

 Joe Evans

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is world-building magic worth discovering

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is world-building magic worth discovering

Like Fawkes rising again from his own ashes, the wizarding world of Harry Potter is back in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” This time, however, there’s a distinct lack of boys who lived. Instead, audiences are treated to a journey through 1920s New York City through the eyes of introverted magical beast aficionado […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Magnificent Seven’ is as ordinary as unnecessary remakes get

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Magnificent Seven’ is as ordinary as unnecessary remakes get

Hollywood has been trying like hell to bring the western back over the last couple of years. We’ve seen several efforts just within the last year or so, the most successful being “The Hateful Eight” or this year’s fantastic “Hell or High Water.” However, as we all know, sometimes Hollywood tries way too hard to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Don’t Breathe’ will leave you breathless with genuine tension and scares

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Don’t Breathe’ will leave you breathless with genuine tension and scares

It’s no secret that I love horror movies. If you’ve read my past work at all, followed my Twitter, or even simply talked to me in person, you’ll be informed of my love of scary films. I can’t help but feel that we as moviegoers are in the midst of a rebirth in horror. We’re […]

 Joe Evans

MOVIE REVIEW: You’ll fall in love with quirky Wilkes-Barre native ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

MOVIE REVIEW: You’ll fall in love with quirky Wilkes-Barre native ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Maybe there’s something that I can relate to in the personality of the strange, erratic, and often random Florence Foster Jenkins. The Wilkes-Barre-born socialite and patron of music shares a profound love of the arts, just like me. She aspired to be a musician, performing as a pianist up until an arm injury prevented her […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: As uneven as its characters, ‘Suicide Squad’ is a killer disappointment

MOVIE REVIEW: As uneven as its characters, ‘Suicide Squad’ is a killer disappointment

I don’t know about you, but to me, it feels like it has been years since the first leaked photos of the “Suicide Squad” movie set debuted online. It feels like forever since we first laid eyes on the new, tattooed version of the Joker. All of the hype, all of the build-up, and all […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lights Out’ shines and scares with the simple concept of darkness

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lights Out’ shines and scares with the simple concept of darkness

Those who follow my work know how smitten I am with a good horror flick. Lately, my favorite horror films have been indie, dark horse darlings like “It Follows” or “The Babadook,” with mainstream work like “The Conjuring” sprinkled in every now and then. “Lights Out” adds another name to the recent surge of quality […]

 Joe Evans

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ prospers in small character moments and big action

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ prospers in small character moments and big action

“Star Trek Beyond” is a fitting name for the third installment of this new imagining of Gene Roddenberry’s visionary view of the future. Not only does the film go into the exploration of one’s self and promotes this expansion past meaningless violence as a united front, but it went above and beyond my expectations as […]

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