Courtney Howard

Raised in Northern California, and now residing in Southern California, Courtney has had a love of films ever since seeing her first in theaters at age 6 (‘E.T.’). She is a Rotten Tomatometer-approved critic, OFCS member, and contributing reporter/ film critic at both and Follow on Twitter: @lulamaybelle


Articles by Courtney Howard


BLADE RUNNER 2049 — Review by Courtney Howard

It’s taken 35 years to get a BLADE RUNNER sequel – and thank God the resulting product doesn’t disappoint. From what we’ve seen from other franchises that have experienced similar decades-long gestation periods (films like BLUES BROTHERS 2000, DUMB AND DUMBER TO, and TRON LEGACY), things could’ve gone enormously wrong when it came to BLADE RUNNER 2049. Yet much like MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, it never fails us. Director Denis Villeneuve’s entrancing, awe-inducing spectacle not only follows up on some major lingering questions that have haunted cinephiles, launching them into heated debates, but also marinates longer on Ridley Scott’s original heady concepts and gift for striking world-building. Continue reading…

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COCO — Review by Courtney Howard

There have been highly anticipated films before in Pixar’s history, but there probably hasn’t been a more high-profile animated feature than COCO. Throughout its years-long gestation, it’s found itself in both a just and unjust lightning storm of controversy. However, once all that fervor died down, what remained is the final product – and boy howdy is it an enrapturing experience. Brimming with life, rich cultural heritage, dazzling color, beautiful music, and incomparable animation, the team led by director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina gift us with a celebratory affair that’s bound to strike the right chord. Continue reading…

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BABY DRIVER — Review by Courtney Howard

Driving a high-octane vehicle can be exhilarating. The simple participatory act of watching a visionary director’s feature can be equally electrifying. Leave it to auteur Edgar Wright to connect the two in a thrill ride for the eyes and ears, BABY DRIVER. This isn’t your daddy’s THE DRIVER, and it’s certainly not your DRIVE either. Wright has tapped a fuel-injected line into cinematic innovation. Homages and references abound, but this is no assembly-line movie – he’s taken the pieces and handcrafted something wholly original. Continue reading…

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