‘Nigerian Prince’ is a dark (and scarily relevant) look into the financial underworld of Nigeria, held back by a fairly scattered story and an emphasis on style over substance. That said, when it hits its stride, you’re practically begging for it to take your money, and when it falls, it’s like the stock market. It sinks.
‘Howard’ is a beautiful, emotional odyssey through the life of a genuine showman that avoids the typical biographical documentary tropes in favor of letting his loved ones and the things he left behind tell the story themselves. It’s funny, it’s sad, and it will forever change the way you view the man and his works.
The short film is a time-honored genre. Sometimes informative, sometimes thrilling, and sometimes absolutely mind-boggling, the short film is a place where documentarians, animators, and storytellers can experiment and hone their craft on a smaller scale.
‘The House with A Clock in Its Walls’ is a spooktacular Spielberg throwback marred by some iffy effects and poorly-done punch-up. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett absolutely steal the show with a surprising amount of chemistry, the latter adding a necessary sense of heart that the main narrative tries to pull off (to mixed results). Darker than your average Autumn family flick, it makes for a perfect matinee and a potential staple of yearly cable Halloween movie marathons for years to come. Not as well-wound as it should have been, but even a broken clock can still get the time right if the conditions are favorable.
'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' is a caped comedy that tries its’ hardest to stand alongside the rest of this summer’s tentpole features, and to an extent, it succeeds. While it’s still weighed down by the trappings of its’ source material and tonal issues, it’s great for kids who are still new to the superhero genre and their parents who long for a bit more in the entertainment they share with their kids. There’s still a lot of better choices out there, but you’ll have a good laugh or two with this one.