Latest 2.5 star movies

  • Man of Tai Chi

    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.

    (13) by Kofi Outlaw
  • All Is Lost

    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.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer
  • A.C.O.D.

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

    by Ben Kendrick
  • The Fifth Estate

    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.

    (16) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Romeo and Juliet

    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.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Closed Circuit

    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.

    (5) by Ben Kendrick
  • You're Next

    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.

    (26) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Lee Daniels' The Butler

    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.

    (40) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Elysium

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

    (233) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Europa Report

    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.

    (24) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Turbo

    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.

    (9) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Way, Way Back

    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.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Maniac

    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.

    (23) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Big Wedding

    Big Wedding is a fluffy, yet memorable, romantic dramedy (though, it’s heavier on the comedy) about love in all its various forms.

    (19) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Pain & Gain

    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.

    (44) by Ben Kendrick
  • Trance

    Unless you’re a die-hard fan of the filmmaker, you’re fine waiting until this one is available to rent for home viewing.

    (19) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Call

    Not necessarily a must-see in the theater, but definitely a solid rental for those looking for a solid thriller.

    (15) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a generic comedy effort with a few charming scenes – but is very short on memorable enchantment.

    (23) by Ben Kendrick
  • 21 and Over

    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.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Dark Skies

    A strong rental or matinee experience; questionable call for that prime time or late-night theatrical fright flick thrill.

    (17) by Kofi Outlaw