Latest 2.5 star movies

  • Labor Day

    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.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • That Awkward Moment

    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.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Nut Job

    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.

    (8) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

    Despite improvements to the story experience, The Marked Ones proves that what we can actually see, no matter how dangerous, is significantly less terrifying.

    (17) by Ben Kendrick
  • 47 Ronin

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

    (61) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Grudge Match

    Grudge Match is one icon-exploiting and formulaic Hollywood comedy that manages to clear the (not so challenging) bar that it aims for.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Delivery Man

    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.

    (7) by Ben Kendrick
  • Last Vegas

    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.

    (3) by Ben Kendrick
  • 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