In the end, ‘No Good Deed’ is pretty much what it promises to be: your standard home-invasion thriller.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 weeks ago9 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 | 1 month 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 | 1 month ago78 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
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
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 ago68 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
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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 months ago7 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 | 6 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
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 | 7 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 | 7 months ago87 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
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 | 8 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
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
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 ago13 Comments
A.C.O.D. is an entertaining but uneven story that is elevated by worthy performances from nearly everyone involved.
by Ben Kendrick | 11 months agoNo Comments
The Fifth Estate is best suited as exploratory viewing for anyone looking to get a crash-course overview on what all the WikiLeaks fuss was about.
by Kofi Outlaw | 11 months ago16 Comments
It’s a respectable adaptation that most moviegoers (young and old) will be able to appreciate, but also the kind that you suspect will leave junior high/high school students bored.
by Sandy Schaefer | 12 months ago6 Comments
Moviegoers looking for a moody political drama will find Closed Circuit provides some engaging character beats and interesting (albeit not exceptionally deep) thoughts on government oversight.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago5 Comments
There’s enough innovation and enthusiasm for the horror genre present in You’re Next to make it worth recommending to gore-hounds and hardcore horror lovers.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago25 Comments
The final movie result is part lackluster biopic, part ham-fisted (and somewhat misguided) historical allegory, despite the noble intentions of the cast and filmmakers involved.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago40 Comments
Elysium is a disappointment when viewed as a follow up to District 9.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago233 Comments
Europa Report does manage to present a pretty good indie movie experience – one that pulls off some grand designs pretty effectively, using practical (read: budgeted) techniques.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago24 Comments
Unless your kids are really invested in seeing a snail zoom around on the big screen (in 3D), you’re fine waiting to save this movie as a future rental option.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago9 Comments
The Way, Way Back is a decent directorial debut for Faxon and Rash, but amounts to little more than a run-of-the-mill addition to the coming-of-age genre.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago6 Comments
This film is no doubt destined for long life as a cult-classic viewing experience, but whether or not you need to rush to the theaters to see it depends entirely on your tastes.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago23 Comments
Big Wedding is a fluffy, yet memorable, romantic dramedy (though, it’s heavier on the comedy) about love in all its various forms.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago19 Comments
It’s not a bad film, but not a particularly captivating effort either – resulting in a convoluted and flat adaptation that only tells the story of the Sun Gym Gang without adding meaningful insight.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago44 Comments
Unless you’re a die-hard fan of the filmmaker, you’re fine waiting until this one is available to rent for home viewing.
Not necessarily a must-see in the theater, but definitely a solid rental for those looking for a solid thriller.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago15 Comments
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a generic comedy effort with a few charming scenes – but is very short on memorable enchantment.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago23 Comments
Lucas and Moore’s Hangover for the college crowd won’t go down as generation-defining (a la Superbad and American Pie), but its target demographic should find something to laugh at.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago10 Comments
A strong rental or matinee experience; questionable call for that prime time or late-night theatrical fright flick thrill.
Parker just doesn’t reach the comfortable middle ground between satisfying action junkies looking for exhilarating, witty thrills and satisfying viewers interested in a smart pulpy genre exercise.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago24 Comments
What we do get is about 60 minutes’ worth of very good and effective ghost story, made to look less attractive by the 40 minutes of fat hanging off of its middle.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago24 Comments
It’s high-minded material, but makes for a flaccid viewing experience.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago13 Comments