47 Ronin is, ultimately, a harmless piece of action movie fluff married to a period epic.
by Kofi Outlaw | 11 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 | 11 months ago5 Comments
The problem with Walking with Dinosaurs is that it unfolds like a decent 3D documentary screened at a museum theater – which ultimately makes it a C-grade theatrical feature.
by Sandy Schaefer | 11 months ago8 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 | 1 year ago7 Comments
If there is any truth at the core of the film, then The Upper Footage is also a bold attempt at using media and marketing as a tool for pursuing justice where the legal system has failed.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago17 Comments
Free Birds feels like the result of a meeting among studio executives, who just threw together every idea they could imagine.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago12 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago14 Comments
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 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
Taken as a straightforward action movie, Escape Plan is something that never should’ve been more than a direct-to-DVD feature.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago34 Comments
Machete Kills is supposed to be bad, but it’s also supposed to be entertainingly dumb and loony – which is where it falls short.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago33 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 | 1 year ago7 Comments
Runner Runner falls short of delivering anything fresh or unique and merely retraces story arcs and character tropes that audiences will have seen multiple times before.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago18 Comments
Moviegoers whose guilty pleasures are fluffy rom-coms might find enough to like about Baggage Claim, if only because it’s mostly a harmless fantasy and isn’t offensively backwards-thinking.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago5 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
Jobs falls short of being anything more than an ordinary movie experience that chronicles the life of an extraordinary man.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago19 Comments
Elysium is a disappointment when viewed as a follow up to District 9.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago233 Comments
Planes is passable direct-to-video animated entertainment for kids – featuring action sequences that are more cinematic in their style.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago22 Comments
Sea of Monsters is a step down for the Percy Jackson franchise in nearly every single way imaginable.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago110 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
The Smurfs 2 really was tailor-made just for audience members who approved of the entertainment provided by its predecessor (no more, no less).
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago21 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
A flawed but often entertaining summer blockbuster experience, The Lone Ranger falls short as a sum of its promising individual parts.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago159 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
The Internship falls short of being a must-see comedy – let alone a thought-provoking opportunity for social commentary.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago21 Comments
Wish You Were Here is best enjoyed by those who are big fans of the actors involved or love any sort of strangers in a strange land flick.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago1 Comment
After Earth is too limited and muted to fully-incorporate the larger world and concepts it presents, resulting in a pretty standard character story that only offers brief moments of excitement.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago163 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 | 2 years 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 | 2 years 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.
The central Soul setup, along with solid cinematography and competent performances, should be enough to kick-off a full Host film trilogy – and maybe even win over a few Stephenie Meyer skeptics.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago51 Comments
Even with better characters, a more talented cast of action stars, and a more grounded and faithful approach to the mythos, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is still an overall disappointing film.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago123 Comments
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.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago17 Comments
Escape from Planet Earth isn’t the sort of movie that will please either parents or their kids beyond serving as a mindless distraction for a couple hours.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago22 Comments
Despite routine references to crazy powers and an epic light versus dark struggle, Beautiful Creatures is a bland film experience that is surprisingly devoid of actual movie magic.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago86 Comments
The franchise name and leading man are the only things elevating this silly, forgettable action romp.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago65 Comments
By the time we hit an overly-saccharine ending, Identity Thief will already be half out of mind, except to say, that Melissa McCarthy sure is talented.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago32 Comments
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
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is exactly what potential viewers should expect (plus a bit more gore) based on the film’s premise and marketing.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago72 Comments
This movie could never hope to achieve anything above the very low bar it sets for itself – but it certainly comes pretty close to maintaining that low standard throughout.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago53 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 ago26 Comments
It’s high-minded material, but makes for a flaccid viewing experience.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago13 Comments