The end comes for the Baudelaire children. It has some issues, but closes out strong.
A fun, if a little familiar, holiday special for Sabrina fans.
Into the Dark goes psychological in its third entry, providing its best yet.
A gorgeous production with an incredible lead performance from Olivia Cooke.
Counterpart returns with strong confidence and paranoia.
A strong opening to a fresh start.
A marvelous return, just as brilliant and full of purpose.
Wayne is a fun but flawed YouTube Original with two great leads.
Stories within stories, The Romanoffs comes to a close with a more personal and effective story.
MST3K returns with The Gauntlet, a marathon-style nightmare for our heroes to suffer through for our benefit.
Several great documentary series are arriving, promising in-depth looks at presidential power, the drive for perfection, and the cult of personality.
A very strong penultimate episode finds Kathryn Hahn and Jay R. Ferguson traveling to Russia.
YouTube’s new series brings incredible sights, but a familiar story stings this promising start.
The first season of Kidding was a wonderful showcase for Jim Carrey, as inventiveness and a downward spiral play out.
Gorgeously directed by Ben Stiller, this gripping limited series holds standout performances from Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, and Benicio Del Toro.
A confounding episode of The Romanoffs provides spectacular locales in Mexico City, but not much else.
Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin star in this pleasant and fun look at getting older.
The new start for the Netflix series brings standout performances from Diego Luna and Michael Pena, and a tense look at the search for respect.
Into the Dark continues with Dermot Mulroney as a protective father looking out for his daughter’s best interests.
A masterful miniseries with a wonderful central performance by Florence Pugh, The Little Drummer Girl is a throwback thriller with a lot to say.
One of the best shows on television, Patriot returns with a dark and hilarious look at the rabbit hole of spy games.
Unfortunate timing and unfortunate decisions mire this week’s The Romanoffs, leaving great performers with little to work with.
A strong return in its final season, Robin Wright dominates the show as she rightfully claims her place.
A look at getting older and promises made and promises kept delivers a very good episode of The Romanoffs.
Homecoming delivers one of 2018’s best, a thriller about betterment, memory, and perception.
A return to the scene finds new life, but with less to talk about, Part Two can feel a little slow.
Something is wrong in “House of Special Purpose”, as we find Christina Hendricks trying to understand her place in madness.
A great new series from Netflix, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a fun season of television with a great lead performance in Kiernan Shipka.
An exceptional return, Daredevil is back with its best season yet.
With a larger focus on re-enactments, Lore delivers a stronger second season diving into the horrors of the past.
A great end to a great series.
It’s a lot easier to drag a body across town on Halloween, as “The Body” proves.
As the opening of The Romanoffs, “The Violet Hour” and “The Royal We” offer hints of greatness, but suffer from their length.
Celebration is at hand as Dud and Ernie hope for the best.
The Facebook Watch series provides excellent performances in Elizabeth Olsen and Kelly Marie Tran.
The Man in the High Castle returns with its best season yet.
Big Mouth returns with more hardships and complicated feelings. It’s still a hell of a show.
Netflix and Mike Flanagan bring us a fantastic new version of the classic tale.
In the best episode of the season, Dud and Ernie go on a journey with their new friend.
A masterful limited series with gorgeous direction and impeccable performances from Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.
We all grow up, we all go through changes, and we all feel really awkward about it. There’s a lot we can’t say to someone else, even though they’re going through the exact same thing […]
Aired in May on BBC Two and coming September 28th to Amazon’s Prime Video, King Lear is a new take on the classic Shakespeare play with a mind to set itself apart in scale and […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the seventh episode of Lodge 49, “The Solemn Duty of the Squire”. “The Solemn Duty of the Squire” was a time of mourning a sovereign protector who was, at minimum, cooky. […]
Author’s note: Five of the ten episodes were provided for review. The full season arrives on September 21st. Netflix is going classic with its new series, The Good Cop, premiering September 21st. The comedy/drama, from […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the tenth episode of Castle Rock, “Romans”. The town of Castle Rock has become Hell on Earth in the season finale, “Romans”: with birds dive-bombing cars, people walking into oncoming prison […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the sixth episode of Lodge 49, “The Mysteries”. He who thinks a fire, is a fire. Remember that. We open on Lodge 49, ages before, with Larry as a kid defending […]
The opportunity to spring forth into the stars and become the first to ever land on Mars is a wonderful ideal. It’s about exploration, science, and furthering the survival of the human race. But to […]
Author’s note: the first three episodes were provided for review. Netflix’s The Dragon Prince, its first season arriving September 14th, feels like a blast from the past. It has the trappings of a scrappy, fun […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the ninth episode of Castle Rock, “Henry Deaver”. God turned his back on this place. The schism revealed itself, and Henry Deavers have swapped universes. “Henry Deaver” places itself in a […]
Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard’s Forever, coming to Amazon’s Prime Video on September 14th, is a fascinating breakdown of a person’s life and expectations. Can happiness wither over the years and lead to a sense […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the fifth episode of Lodge 49, “Paradise”. “Paradise” is an episode about dreams and reality and how each clashes against people in their own way. Dud (Wyatt Russell) distinctly remembers his […]
Author’s note: this review contains SPOILERS for the eighth episode of Castle Rock, “Past Perfect.” “Past Perfect” opens on couple, Gordon (Mark Harelik) and Lilith (Lauren Bowles), as they buy the Lacy home Molly had […]
Counterpart is about finding your true self. Some things can hold you back and keep you from becoming that version of yourself you’re meant to be. But what if there were another you out there, […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the fourth episode of Lodge 49, “Sunday.” “Why would anyone want to live forever? I just want to live for real.” Finding a semi-mummified (or “reliquim corpus,” as Blaise points out) […]
Paramount Network’s Yellowstone concluded its first season on August 22nd, bringing to a close a season of cowboys, backstabbing and backroom deals, a whole lot of punching, dinosaur bones, and enough soap to last a […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the seventh episode of Castle Rock, “The Queen.” “It doesn’t matter what we call it. These things move in one direction.” The words of the doctor during a visit from Ruth […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the third episode of Lodge 49, “Corpus”. Dud’s induction into the lodge as a squire opens the episode. We hear him struggle under a shrouded veil with creepy sewn eyes, trying […]
“There is no version of this job that doesn’t require compromise.” Amazon’s Jack Ryan, the new Prime Video original that premieres on August 31st, is all about the chase. There’s a cat and mouse game […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the sixth episode of Castle Rock, “Filter”. Ruth (Sissy Spacek) tells her grandson halfway through the episode about breadcrumbs, reminders for her of what is then and what is now. For […]
The second season of Ozark, premiering on August 31st on Netflix, is a season of risk versus reward. The risk is at an all-time high, and the reward is far greater… provided the risk doesn’t […]
Author’s note: SPOILERS for the second episode of Lodge 49, “Moments of Truth in Service” Times seemed so much kinder then. The episode opens on a montage of Dud as he spends time with his […]
Lodge 49, created by Jim Gavin and airing on AMC, is about lost and wandering characters seeking some kind of purpose, for a way out of life’s rut. For some, it’s right in front of […]
“Are you the devil?”
Author’s note: There are mentions of basic plot for the first three episodes, but the review does not go into any true spoilers. Netflix’s Disenchantment, created by Matt Groening, is an animated comedy about Princess […]
HBO’s Succession is about power, greed, family, and conscience. One of them, family, is wielded like a weapon, while power and conscience are used like defense mechanisms when the going gets tough. The first season […]
Author’s note: light spoilers for the fourth episode of Castle Rock, “The Box.” It is kept as vague as possible, but might be too much for some. We open on flashes of Henry’s memories of […]
Westworld’s second season, while still gorgeous to look at and full of high-caliber acting, suffers under its attempt to be clever.
Blue Velvet is masterful filmmaking, blending the light with the dark and propelling human emotion in all its cruelty and beauty.
Hulu’s Castle Rock starts with a man, in the dead of winter, searching the snow with a stick. He stabs the ground every so often, venturing deeper into the woods by Castle Lake, as though […]
The Handmaid’s Tale returns with an excellent second season. Blessed Be The Fruit.
Three Colors: Red is a masterful film and the final film by Krzysztof Kieslowski. It’s an astounding piece of filmmaking in its craft and performances, in which two characters in a sea of noise come […]
Three Colors: White, the second in the Three Colors trilogy, is Krzysztof Kieslowski’s story about immigration, personal character, and success in business and of the mind. But it is in its more intimate setting, that […]
The first in the Three Colors trilogy, Blue, a film by Krzysztof Kieslowski, is a powerful but intimate opus on the life of a woman who has lost those closest to her, and her attempt […]
3 Women, written and directed by Robert Altman, is a drama about the obsessions and personalities that make up the human psyche, and how it can shift and change at a moment’s notice and become […]
Writer/director Elijah Bynum’s debut feature, Hot Summer Nights, is about the growing pains of teenage summer love, and how that need and obsession for more at the taste of success can lead down a path of […]
Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou cordially invites you to join the gang on the Belafonte, a deep sea exploration vessel on a journey of discovery and revenge. It’s a film with heart, […]
Rampage is that incredible mixture of summer popcorn and fun, something that has been missing in a lot of recent big films.
The Dutton family holds control over the largest ranch in the country. Its patriarch, John Dutton (Kevin Costner), finds enemies from every corner: the land developers in the form of Dan Jenkins (Danny Huston), the […]
We open on a money transfer, including the always trusty progress bar, in a construction site in Afghanistan. It looks like a salt deposit site, but let’s move past that. A woman furiously types for […]
Tim Heidecker stars in The Comedy, a film about trying to find feeling in all the wrong places.
Incredibles 2, written and directed by Brad Bird and the new film from Disney’s Pixar, is a wonderful sequel, building on top of the first film and focusing on what worked. It expands on the […]
One of the best of the year, Hereditary is a fantastic look at a family worn by tragedy.
Hi there! I’m Kevin Lever, a writer on Filmera. I fell in love with film at a young age, watching way more than my friends and absorbing any movie or TV show I possibly could. […]
Ocean’s 8, directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Pleasantville), following in the footsteps of the Steven Soderbergh Ocean’s trilogy from a number of years back, brings an all-female cast to the world of heists […]
We first meet Erica (Zoey Deutch) on a job. That job is, in fact, extorting and threatening people for money after performing sexual acts while a friend records it. This time it’s a police officer. […]
The Americans takes its characters through a dark and devastating journey that leaves the mission as the answer, and humanity as the question.
Killing Eve is a stellar example of television at its best with a sense of style and fun.
Kevin Lever reviews the infamous Solo, and surprisingly it’s not bad.
“A couple of British 1970s teen-aged boys, Enn and Vic, go to a party to meet girls, only to find that the girls are very different from the boys’ expectations.”
Steven Spielberg brings forth a great and exciting new film about the addiction to escapism and the world we leave behind in the process.
This dark comedy is a must see for 2018
The Death Cure is a good end to the series, with some great action setpieces and surprises along the way.
Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba headline a great Aaron Sorkin drama about the true story of Molly Bloom and her underground poker games.
With a few great standout episodes, Electric Dreams is an interesting new series with some glaring issues along the way.
The charming young bear returns with a wonderful but dangerous new chapter that finds him wrongfully imprisoned.