Hector and the Search for Happiness includes laughs and relatable drama but struggles to find successful balance between engaging journeys and thought-provoking destinations.
by Ben Kendrick | 5 days ago3 Comments
While The Boxtrolls doesn’t represent the studio’s best work, it’s nonetheless another visually-inventive, witty, and energetic fairy tale adventure to add to Laika’s mantlepiece
by Sandy Schaefer | 6 days ago4 Comments
The Equalizer is a slow-burn, B-movie hero origin story propped up by a great lead actor and some unique stylistic flourishes.
by Kofi Outlaw | 6 days ago28 Comments
The Maze Runner leans heavily on its premise, to the detriment of individual characters, but still succeeds as one of Hollywood’s better young adult adaptations.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 weeks ago44 Comments
The Drop is ultimately a solid mood piece, with strong performances that help elevate it above its derivative story elements.
by Sandy Schaefer | 3 weeks ago4 Comments
‘As Above, So Below’ milks a surprising amount of richness from its premise and found-footage format, but is hampered by its inability to fully develop both.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 month ago6 Comments
If I Stay’s blend of teen romance and supernatural melodrama doesn’t break the YA mold, but it’s a decent addition to the genre nonetheless.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 month ago9 Comments
‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ is a jumbled but still enjoyable followup that, for most moviegoers, arrives on the scene too late.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 month ago31 Comments
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a by the numbers, yet charming, handsome, and well-acted dramedy that the whole family can enjoy.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 months ago7 Comments
Anyone who’s interested in taking in a movie this weekend, but needs a break from the summer blockbuster offerings, should consider giving Get on Up a shot.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 months ago6 Comments
In the end, Wish I Was Here definitely suffers from some sophomore stumbles but still possesses enough memorable performances, biting wit, and thought-provoking insights to be a worthwhile viewing.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 months ago6 Comments
In the end, Earth to Echo is surprisingly more fun and heartfelt than the stigma it earned for being a found-footage knock-off.
by Kofi Outlaw | 3 months ago23 Comments
Horror movie fans that are looking for traditional paranormal suspense and jump scares will probably find that Deliver Us From Evil offers more drama than demonic thrills.
by Ben Kendrick | 3 months ago17 Comments
Still, for audience members that enjoyed prior films in the series (even while acknowledging their faults), Transformers: Age of Extinction is the biggest Robots In Disguise movie yet.
by Ben Kendrick | 3 months ago242 Comments
It’s a quality film – albeit one that doesn’t explore enough new ground (in the story or the musical film medium) to excite casual moviegoers looking for a fresh song and dance drama experience.
by Ben Kendrick | 3 months ago14 Comments
As it stands, the uniqueness of the time reset premise and sci-fi action distinguish the film from so many others in the genre, and it is at least worth a matinée viewing on the big screen.
by Kofi Outlaw | 4 months ago100 Comments
At the end of the day, though, Chef is successful in fulfilling its ambitions – offering a pleasant cinematic road trip, which also works as a palate cleanser for Favreau the filmmaker.
by Sandy Schaefer | 4 months ago13 Comments
Belle might be a little too polite, for those who prefer their period dramas to be more souped up; at the same time, though, it has an intelligence that should make it more appealing.
by Sandy Schaefer | 4 months ago10 Comments
Locke has its flaws, but manages to satisfy as a minimalist work of social realism that is both dramatically-rich and often quite engaging.
by Sandy Schaefer | 5 months ago8 Comments
Million Dollar Arm features a strong cast, an accomplished screenwriter, and a quality director – who ultimately deliver a solid but unremarkable sports drama.
by Ben Kendrick | 5 months ago11 Comments
Neighbors is a smart blend of prior Stoller films – a likable mix of over-the-top comedy beats grounded with relatable characters and life scenarios.
by Ben Kendrick | 5 months ago24 Comments
All in all, this movie feels like a step in the right direction for the rebooted Spider-Man franchise – hopefully leading to better installments in the future.
by Sandy Schaefer | 5 months ago230 Comments
The Other Woman is a semi-successful femme comedy showcase hampered by its own rom-com conventions, which undercut any real intelligent or insightful thematic messages.
by Kofi Outlaw | 5 months ago19 Comments
For cinephiles that enjoy artistic debate more than concrete answers, the film allows an intriguing platform for discussion and reflection.
by Ben Kendrick | 6 months ago48 Comments
The Raid 2 leaves us somewhere in a middle ground: a slow and convoluted crime saga story to sift through in order to experience some bigger, bloodier, crazier action sequence highlights.
by Kofi Outlaw | 6 months ago70 Comments
Muppets Most Wanted isn’t likely to wow casual filmgoers who gave The Muppets a chance three years ago, it accomplishes its primary goal – providing another enjoyable adventure.
by Ben Kendrick | 6 months ago12 Comments
the Veronica Mars movie is a win-win for fans and filmmakers alike and a fitting sendoff to the beloved series.
by Ben Kendrick | 7 months ago12 Comments
Peabody has a heart and mind, but compared to something like The LEGO Movie, this is definitely a second-tier contender for your dollar.
by Kofi Outlaw | 7 months ago13 Comments
It may not court casual moviegoers as easily as its predecessor, but Murro succeeds at delivering a 300 sequel that fans will enjoy watching.
by Ben Kendrick | 7 months ago38 Comments
About Last Night isn’t a movie one would necessarily need to rush out to a theater to see, but it is definitely something more unique than your average rom-com flick.
by Kofi Outlaw | 8 months ago5 Comments
War is only slightly better than its slightly good source material – but hopefully it will serve as a good introduction for mainstream viewers.
by Kofi Outlaw | 8 months ago112 Comments
Shadow Recruit falls short of realizing the character’s full franchise potential – resulting in a good but not particularly groundbreaking spy movie effort.
by Ben Kendrick | 9 months ago26 Comments
The film often feels like a homework assignment you’ve been required to watch – insightful, for sure, but something of a chore to sit through.
by Sandy Schaefer | 9 months ago7 Comments
Despite any setbacks, Stiller’s adaptation is an inspiring and beautifully shot character adventure – one that even manages to get a worthwhile message across without becoming too preachy.
by Ben Kendrick | 9 months ago21 Comments
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will likely fall short of certain viewer expectations, the followup is still slightly better than a lot of its contemporaries.
by Ben Kendrick | 10 months ago30 Comments
Out of the Furnace is definitely one of those “mood movies” where style trumps substance. However, it is a well-made and well-acted mood movie.
by Kofi Outlaw | 10 months ago14 Comments
The Oldboy remake is second-fiddle in nearly every way to its South Korean inspiration (save performances).
by Ben Kendrick | 10 months ago37 Comments
Moviegoers looking for seasonal entertainment that is accessible and family-friendly (without also being treacly and/or bland) – this is a Christmas show that you might want to check out.
by Sandy Schaefer | 10 months ago12 Comments
Dench and Coogan are the beating heart of Frears’ cinematic social/political commentary, as their work together is enough to accommodate many of the flaws in storytelling.
by Sandy Schaefer | 10 months ago3 Comments
Moviegoers who appreciate films for quality acting, immersive period settings, as well as a healthy dose of humor within a heartbreaking drama, will likely find The Book Thief delivers.
by Ben Kendrick | 10 months ago9 Comments
The Best Man Holiday is a worthwhile revisiting that manages to push its characters forward in a very mature and emotionally honest way.
by Kofi Outlaw | 11 months ago16 Comments
Dallas Buyers Club works best as an uplifting viewing experience that showcases McConaughey and Leto’s great performances.
by Sandy Schaefer | 11 months ago15 Comments
Science fiction fans, along with anyone who is especially intrigued by the time travel premise, should temper certain expectations and, instead, focus on About Time’s endearing character moments.
by Ben Kendrick | 11 months ago2 Comments
Thor: The Dark World succeeds at building on the Thor (and Avengers) foundation to offer a bigger and more exciting adventure for Marvel’s God of Thunder.
by Ben Kendrick | 11 months ago308 Comments
12 Years a Slave avoids feeling like cheap exploitation, but Ridley’s script reduces the evils of slavery to a concept that isn’t challenging and lets viewers disconnect from the atrocities.
by Sandy Schaefer | 11 months ago95 Comments
It is an interesting and well-acted representation of a novel that has withstood the tests of time and changing paradigms with good reason.
by Kofi Outlaw | 11 months ago69 Comments
The Counselor is a novelist-turned-screenwriter experiment likely to be met with mixed reception between the get it and don’t get it types in the audience.
by Kofi Outlaw | 11 months ago37 Comments
Bad Grandpa successfully freshens the Jackass format and will, without question, keep fans of the series laughing (and cringing) the entire time.
by Ben Kendrick | 11 months ago17 Comments
While it might not have been necessary, the Carrie remake is still an adept, entertaining, and at times downright haunting, piece of filmmaking.
by Ben Kendrick | 12 months ago45 Comments
Metallica Through the Never succeeds as an enthralling and visceral concert movie viewing experience, even though it fails to use the film medium to enhance the experience.
by Sandy Schaefer | 12 months ago28 Comments