It has a memorably weird premise, sure, but Kevin Smith’s Tusk generally fails to be either that funny and/or scary… much less interesting.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 weeks ago25 Comments
‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ is your standard, traditional Noir flick; in other words, it feels pretty dated.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 weeks ago6 Comments
In the end, ‘No Good Deed’ is pretty much what it promises to be: your standard home-invasion thriller.
by Kofi Outlaw | 3 weeks ago11 Comments
In a genre where smarts and thrills are pivotal, The November Man delivers only routine (and uninspired) spy drama.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 month ago14 Comments
The Giver movie is a surprisingly generic addition to the young adult film genre – especially for a story that champions individuality and self-expression.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 months ago12 Comments
The Expendables 3 offers its share of old-school action thrills and fun, yet it has the same problems as its predecessors – and then some.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 months ago79 Comments
Let’s Be Cops tries to offer coming-of-age gravitas, action movie thrills and comedic slapstick, but never excels at any one of them.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 months ago8 Comments
TMNT is shallow popcorn entertainment – but on the spectrum of reboots and remakes, it falls on the safe side of honorable.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 months ago167 Comments
Lucy will not speak to a wide audience but those that fall within its target reach should be rewarded with thought-provoking science fiction.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 months ago53 Comments
Basically, if the phrase Brett Ratner’s Hercules starring The Rock sounds like a fun movie to you, then you’ll get your money’s worth from the film.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 months ago53 Comments
The Purge: Anarchy is a step down from the original in terms of narrative (and that’s saying something), but the basic promise of the series – thrills, kills, and mayhem – is still fulfilled in satisfying fashion.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 months ago18 Comments
The short of it: Planes: Fire & Rescue is a better made film than its predecessor on a technical level, but otherwise just as generic (in some ways, more so) on a storytelling level.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 months ago17 Comments
Despite an intriguing setup, Sex Tape squanders its clever premise with an underwhelming combination of cheap jokes and ham-fisted family drama.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 months ago6 Comments
One the whole, Tammy is yet another effective demonstration of McCarthy’s comedic abilities – but much like its protagonist, the film is too jumbled and directionless for its own good.
by Sandy Schaefer | 3 months ago22 Comments
In the end, Think Like A Man Too is an obligatory sequel to an unexpected success ($96 million on a $12 million budget) that – unlike 22 Jump Street – is perfectly content to rest on its laurels.
by Kofi Outlaw | 3 months ago15 Comments
No doubt, there’s a market for films like A Million Ways to Die in the West and longtime MacFarlane fans (as well as raunch-comedy lovers) should find plenty to enjoy in the Western spoof.
by Ben Kendrick | 4 months ago36 Comments
Maleficent is yet another old Disney product re-packaged with a big-name star and visionary director, in order to sell a “modern” fairy tale to audiences.
by Kofi Outlaw | 4 months ago96 Comments
The movie spends a lot of time venturing to develop a meaningful relationship between the two families and, at times, the filmmakers actually brush against a deeper (not to mention smarter) story.
by Ben Kendrick | 4 months ago26 Comments
Son of Batman has action, it has fan-favorite character cameos, but it will be best enjoyed if expectations are tempered, and if one ill-voiced boy can be endured.
by Kofi Outlaw | 5 months ago69 Comments
The Quiet Ones isn’t a terrible film – just a hodgepodge of retro and modern horror elements that isn’t all that memorable.
by Sandy Schaefer | 5 months ago10 Comments
In spite of its shortcomings, moviegoers who appreciate an ensemble of oddball characters and tongue-in-cheek criminal drama will likely find enjoyment in Dom Hemingway.
by Ben Kendrick | 5 months ago5 Comments
They must’ve titled this movie with total irony, because Transcendence stumbles hard in its attempt to rise above.
by Kofi Outlaw | 6 months ago80 Comments
For fans of the genre, the unique stylistic approach to haunted house horror will be a novelty of sorts – just don’t be disappointed when it all ends with a fizzle instead of a bang.
by Kofi Outlaw | 6 months ago12 Comments
Thanks to a solid performance from Coster and some witty character beats, casual moviegoers should find adequate amusement in Reitman’s film.
by Ben Kendrick | 6 months ago8 Comments
The enjoyable music and traces of authentic Brazilian spirit in Rio 2 tip the quality scale towards good, providing enough decent material to compensate for the film’s derivative qualities.
by Sandy Schaefer | 6 months ago7 Comments
Bad Words plays out as a farce that (sadly) just isn’t all that insightful, witty, or creative with how it approaches its premise – one that is innately kind of funny, but only goes so far.
by Sandy Schaefer | 6 months ago3 Comments
Divergent, falls somewhere in a middle ground between high points of The Hunger Games and the low points of The Twilight Saga.
by Kofi Outlaw | 6 months ago42 Comments
Car lovers and films fans that are willing to switch off their brains should find Need for Speed offers (at the very least) an amusing ride.
by Ben Kendrick | 7 months ago25 Comments
With skilled and charismatic captains in the cockpit, and a solid flight crew helping things along, this in-flight movie turns out to be an okay ride for the ticket price.
by Kofi Outlaw | 7 months ago35 Comments
3 Days to Kill offers little substance that hasn’t been handled more effectively in previous Besson Euro-action/thrillers.
by Sandy Schaefer | 7 months ago13 Comments
If you’re willing to embrace (or, at the least, accept) Goldsman’s sentinmental approach, then you might find his new film to be a meaningful fantasy yarn about life and love.
by Sandy Schaefer | 8 months ago11 Comments
The film has plenty of flaws but should be entertaining for sci-fi action fans, thanks to interesting world-building, captivating existential ideas, and cool robo-action.
by Ben Kendrick | 8 months ago87 Comments
Vampire Academy will probably only satisfy fans of the original books, who just want to see their favorite characters (and the world that they inhabit) brought to life.
by Sandy Schaefer | 8 months ago52 Comments
Fans of historical dramas will likely find enough reason to enjoy The Monuments Men but the movie wastes a powerful source material story.
by Ben Kendrick | 8 months ago12 Comments
Labor Day is neither complete failure nor a real triumph, but something in-between, thanks to Reitman and his cast’s commitment to the (at the least, questionable) material.
by Sandy Schaefer | 8 months ago3 Comments
That Awkward Moment doesn’t break any new ground in examining the complications of modern relationships, it does feature a few intriguing grains of truth that will be especially insightful.
by Ben Kendrick | 8 months ago8 Comments
It doesn’t break new ground but I, Frankenstein is not the ridiculous train wreck that some hardcore movie buffs were expecting.
by Ben Kendrick | 8 months ago43 Comments
Whether or not you agree with Krauss’ political/philosophical leanings in Gimme Shelter, the film does generally have its heart in the right place.
by Sandy Schaefer | 8 months ago9 Comments
Is mostly just a mashup of watered-down action/comedy tropes (think Rush Hour) and uninspired slapstick that is less imaginative than that featured in last year’s female buddy-cop comedy The Heat.
by Sandy Schaefer | 9 months ago31 Comments
To sum it all up: as a simple, but easy-going animated crime/caper pastiche, The Nut Job provides enough in the way of colorful entertainment.
by Sandy Schaefer | 9 months ago8 Comments
despite improvements to the story experience, The Marked Ones proves that what we can actually see, no matter how dangerous, is significantly less terrifying.
by Ben Kendrick | 9 months ago17 Comments
47 Ronin is, ultimately, a harmless piece of action movie fluff married to a period epic.
by Kofi Outlaw | 9 months ago61 Comments
Grudge Match is one icon-exploiting and formulaic Hollywood comedy that manages to clear the (not so challenging) bar that it aims for.
by Sandy Schaefer | 9 months ago5 Comments
The problem with Walking with Dinosaurs is that it unfolds like a decent 3D documentary screened at a museum theater – which ultimately makes it a C-grade theatrical feature.
Delivery Man makes genuine attempts at earning its rumination on family and fatherhood – meaning that even when it falls short, the material has already aimed higher than standard comedy fare.
by Ben Kendrick | 10 months ago7 Comments
If there is any truth at the core of the film, then The Upper Footage is also a bold attempt at using media and marketing as a tool for pursuing justice where the legal system has failed.
by Kofi Outlaw | 10 months ago17 Comments
Free Birds feels like the result of a meeting among studio executives, who just threw together every idea they could imagine.
by Sandy Schaefer | 11 months ago12 Comments
Last Vegas is a harmless and humorous (but not particularly memorable) chance to watch fan-favorite veteran actors riff on their old age in an eccentric setting.
by Ben Kendrick | 11 months ago3 Comments
Reeves is not yet the bridge between east and west moviemaking he’s aspiring to be, but considering this is his first time out of the gate of feature filmmaking, the result is only half-bad.
by Kofi Outlaw | 11 months ago13 Comments
A work of art that impresses as a competent example of minimalistic storytelling, yet still feels too cold and distant from the audience to be appreciated on a deeper level.
by Sandy Schaefer | 11 months ago14 Comments