‘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 weeks 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 weeks ago77 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 | 3 weeks ago166 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 | 1 month ago49 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 | 1 month 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 | 2 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 | 3 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 | 4 months ago67 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 | 5 months ago41 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 | 6 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 | 7 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 | 7 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 | 8 months ago17 Comments
47 Ronin is, ultimately, a harmless piece of action movie fluff married to a period epic.
by Kofi Outlaw | 8 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 | 8 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 | 9 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 11 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
Read our review of ‘The Big Wedding’ to find out if this wedding comedy-drama lives up to the reputations of its star-studded cast.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago19 Comments
Read our ‘Pain & Gain’ movie review to find out if Michael Bay’s ‘based on a true crime’ comedy delivers an entertaining stranger than fiction movie experience.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago44 Comments
Read our ‘Trance’ review and find out if the Danny Boyle film is a slickly made neo-Noir thriller or an overly-contrived crime-drama.
Read our review of ‘The Call’ to find out if Halle Berry and director Brad Anderson’s new film is a taut and gripping thriller.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago15 Comments
Read ‘Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ review to find out if this Steve Carell and Jim Carrey magician’s tale provides worthwhile comedy magic.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago23 Comments
Read our ’21 and Over’ review to find out if the writers of ‘The Hangover’ have made a funny and heart-warming college raunch comedy.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago10 Comments
Read our ‘Dark Skies’ review to find out if the sci-fi horror/thriller is a worthwhile spin on genre conventions.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago15 Comments
Read our ‘Parker’ review and find out if the crime-thriller makes for a memorable addition to Jason Statham’s filmography.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago24 Comments
Read our ‘Mama’ review to see if this Guillermo del Toro-produced horror tale offers enough thrills and chills to make it worth ticket price.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago24 Comments
Read our ‘Promised Land’ review. Does the film, which reunites ‘Good Will Hunting’ pair Matt Damon and director Gus Van Sant, offer a thoughtful and engaging Capra-esque environmental tale?
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago13 Comments
Read our ‘Parental Guidance’ review to find out if the Billy Crystal and Bette Midler-starring film is a sweet and funny comedy for the whole family.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago11 Comments
Read our review of ‘The Guilt Trip.’ Do Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand offer enough laughs and heartwarming drama for a memorable on-the-road comedy?
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago10 Comments
Read our ‘Red Dawn’ review to find out if the story of young Americans battling invading forces is as effective in 2012 as it was in the Cold War era of the 1980s.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago39 Comments
Read our review of ‘The Bay’ to find out if director Barry Levinson has delivered a found footage eco-horror film that is both frightening and provocative.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago19 Comments
Read our ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’ review to find out if director Michael J. Bassett has delivered both an intriguing video game adaptation and a scary movie experience.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago25 Comments
Read our ‘Taken 2′ review to find out if director Olivier Megaton has delivered a worthwhile follow-up – and plenty of satisfying Liam Neeson throat punches.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago111 Comments
Our ‘V/H/S’ review breaks down the found-footage horror anthology to see if its various parts equate to a terrifying whole.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago45 Comments
Our ‘Hit & Run’ review reveals whether real-life couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard (and friends like Bradley Cooper) are able to bring some authentic chemistry to the big screen.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago8 Comments
Read our review to find out if ‘The Campaign’ is a piece of funny, edgy, political satire, or a retread of old Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis schtick.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago14 Comments
Is ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ a successful mashup of historical drama and supernatural action/horror? Read our review.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago92 Comments
Adam Shankman (Hairspray) is back with another Broadway show turned movie musical but can ‘Rock of Ages’ satisfy song and dance enthusiasts as well as non-fan newcomers? Read our review.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago59 Comments