Wlad Sarmiento

Associate Arts Editor


The Intense, the Funny, and the Less Funny: 55th CIFF Review

Our writers check out some choice picks from the extensive lineup at this year's Chicago International Film Festival.


November 8, 2019

Lulu Wang Goes Above And Beyond With "The Farewell," And She's Only Getting Started

Director Lulu Wang sits with the Chicago Maroon for an interview about her second feature film, The Farewell, out July 19.


July 25, 2019

"The Farewell" Teaches Us How to Welcome Our Differences Before Saying Goodbye

Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” offers a loving, sensitive take on Chinese-American culture, and may very well be the best film of the summer.


July 18, 2019

Detective Pikachu Uses Humor! It's Not Very Effective...

What the majority of characters in "Detective Pikachu" lack in terms of good lines, Ryan Reynolds makes up for in voice-acting Pikachu.


May 17, 2019

The Wide-Eyed Wonder of "Shazam!"

With "Shazam!", DC delivers strong, family-friendly fare that is equal parts entertaining and lighthearted.


April 4, 2019

The Standard Badass Superhero of Captain Marvel

It is an enjoyable film that, while relying heavily on the established tropes and feel of the MCU so far, will not leave comic book movie fans unsatisfied.


March 21, 2019

"Glass" Shatters (Good) Expectations

Hopes for a worthy sequel to "Unbreakable" are shattered by the next installment in M. Night Shyamalan’s surprise trilogy.


January 31, 2019

Bird Box Fails to Think Outside the Box

With mediocre acting and an unrealized concept, the hype around Bird Box is confounding.


January 10, 2019

"The Crimes of Grindelwald": A Failed Magic Trick

Although leading actor Eddie Redmayne delivered an endearing performance, it was not enough to make up for the discontinuous, rapportless plot.


November 19, 2018

Entertainment is Dead in the Water in "Hunter Killer"

Full of cliched motifs and mindless action sequences, "Hunter Killer" is the worst type of bad movie.


October 29, 2018