Latest 2.5 star movies

  • Annie

    ‘Annie’ Review

    Annie (2014) lands in an uninventive middle ground – it isn’t necessary (or an improvement) but it isn’t a total disaster either.

    by Ben Kendrick | 3 days ago19 Comments

  • The Interview

    ‘The Interview’ Review

    For all the controversy, in the end, the funniest thing about The Interview may be people’s “Is that what the fuss was about?” response to the finished product.

    by Kofi Outlaw | 4 days ago68 Comments

  • The Pyramid

    ‘The Pyramid’ Review

    ‘The Pyramid’ overcomes thin writing and an inconsistent found-footage format to deliver a horror movie experience that actually fulfills its promises.

    by Kofi Outlaw | 2 weeks ago22 Comments

  • Laggies

    ‘Laggies’ Review

    Buoyed by Keira Knightley’s empathetic performance, Laggies is a decent coming of adult age dramedy that (like its protagonist) is a bit too directionless.

    by Sandy Schaefer | 1 month ago4 Comments

  • Before I Go to Sleep

    ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ Review

    Before I Go to Sleep does little to redefine the psychological thriller genre but still offers an intriguing central mystery that should keep viewers guessing.

    by Ben Kendrick | 2 months ago4 Comments

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Review

    Alexander is far less memorable than its source material, but it ultimately proves to be an affable (and refreshingly brisk) piece of family-friendly entertainment.

    by Sandy Schaefer | 2 months ago9 Comments

  • The Judge

    ‘The Judge’ Review

    The Judge is a very familiar tale of a man that finds humility in a return to his hometown – albeit one with a few genuinely powerful moments of drama.

    by Ben Kendrick | 2 months ago25 Comments

  • Dracula Untold

    ‘Dracula Untold’ Review

    ‘Dracula Untold’ is not a masterful or deep re-introduction to the franchise; but as basic genre fare, it’s relatively fun in its depiction of the monster in a different light.

    by Kofi Outlaw | 2 months ago36 Comments

  • No Good Deed

    ‘No Good Deed’ Review

    In the end, ‘No Good Deed’ is pretty much what it promises to be: your standard home-invasion thriller.

    by Kofi Outlaw | 3 months ago12 Comments

  • The Giver

    ‘The Giver’ Review

    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 | 4 months ago12 Comments

  • The Expendables 3

    ‘The Expendables 3′ Review

    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 | 4 months ago83 Comments

  • TMNT

    ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Review

    TMNT is shallow popcorn entertainment – but on the spectrum of reboots and remakes, it falls on the safe side of honorable.

    by Kofi Outlaw | 5 months ago173 Comments

  • Lucy

    ‘Lucy’ Review

    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 | 5 months ago56 Comments

  • Hercules

    ‘Hercules’ Review

    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 | 5 months ago54 Comments

  • The Purge: Anarchy

    ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Review

    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 | 5 months ago22 Comments

  • Think Like A Man Too

    ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Review

    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 | 6 months ago15 Comments

  • A Million Ways to Die in the West

    ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Review

    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 | 7 months ago37 Comments

  • Son of Batman

    ‘Son of Batman’ Review

    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 | 8 months ago69 Comments

  • Dom Hemingway

    ‘Dom Hemingway’ Review

    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 | 8 months ago5 Comments

  • Oculus

    ‘Oculus’ Review

    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 | 8 months ago15 Comments

  • Draft Day

    ‘Draft Day’ Review

    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 | 8 months ago8 Comments

  • Rio 2

    ‘Rio 2′ Review

    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 | 8 months ago7 Comments

  • Divergent

    ‘Divergent’ Review

    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 | 9 months ago44 Comments

  • Need for Speed

    ‘Need for Speed’ Review

    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 | 9 months ago25 Comments

  • Non-Stop

    ‘Non-Stop’ Review

    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 | 10 months ago35 Comments

  • Winter's Tale

    ‘Winter’s Tale’ Review

    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 | 10 months ago12 Comments

  • RoboCop

    ‘RoboCop’ Review

    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 | 10 months ago88 Comments

  • Labor Day

    ‘Labor Day’ Review

    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 | 11 months ago3 Comments

  • That Awkward Moment

    ‘That Awkward Moment’ Review

    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 | 11 months ago8 Comments

  • The Nut Job

    ‘The Nut Job’ Review

    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 | 11 months ago8 Comments

  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

    ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ Review

    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 | 12 months ago17 Comments

  • 47 Ronin

    ’47 Ronin’ Review

    47 Ronin is, ultimately, a harmless piece of action movie fluff married to a period epic.

    by Kofi Outlaw | 12 months ago61 Comments

  • Grudge Match

    ‘Grudge Match’ Review

    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 | 12 months ago5 Comments

  • Delivery Man

    ‘Delivery Man’ Review

    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 | 1 year ago7 Comments

  • Last Vegas

    ‘Last Vegas’ Review

    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 | 1 year ago3 Comments

  • Man of Tai Chi

    ‘Man of Tai Chi’ Review

    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 | 1 year ago13 Comments

  • All Is Lost

    ‘All Is Lost’ Review

    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 | 1 year ago14 Comments

  • A.C.O.D.

    A.C.O.D. Review

    A.C.O.D. is an entertaining but uneven story that is elevated by worthy performances from nearly everyone involved.

    by Ben Kendrick | 1 year agoNo Comments

  • The Fifth Estate

    ‘The Fifth Estate’ Review

    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 | 1 year ago16 Comments

  • Romeo and Juliet

    ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Review

    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 | 1 year ago7 Comments

  • Closed Circuit

    ‘Closed Circuit’ Review

    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

  • You're Next

    ‘You’re Next’ Review

    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 ago26 Comments

  • Lee Daniels' The Butler

    ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Review

    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

    ‘Elysium’ Review

    Elysium is a disappointment when viewed as a follow up to District 9.

    by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago233 Comments

  • Europa Report

    ‘Europa Report’ Review

    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

  • Turbo

    ‘Turbo’ Review

    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

    ‘The Way, Way Back’ Review

    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

  • Maniac

    ‘Maniac’ Review

    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 | 2 years ago23 Comments

  • The Big Wedding

    ‘The Big Wedding’ Review

    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 | 2 years ago19 Comments

  • Pain & Gain

    ‘Pain & Gain’ Review

    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 | 2 years ago44 Comments