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 | 11 months ago14 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 | 11 months ago25 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 | 11 months ago234 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 | 11 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 | 11 months ago65 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 | 12 months ago71 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 | 1 year ago13 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago15 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago114 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago23 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago14 Comments
The Oldboy remake is second-fiddle in nearly every way to its South Korean inspiration (save performances).
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago10 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 | 1 year ago17 Comments
Dallas Buyers Club works best as an uplifting viewing experience that showcases McConaughey and Leto’s great performances.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago96 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago39 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago46 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 | 1 year ago28 Comments
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 doesn’t taste quite as fresh as the original recipe but the film offers more than just re-heated leftovers.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago8 Comments
Rush excels in its exploration of the Hunt and Lauda relationship as well as how the iconic rivalry helped shaped each racer – both on and off the track.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago18 Comments
It’s not necessarily a film that demands to be seen in theaters, but you shouldn’t regret paying the ticket price if you decide to check it out.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago16 Comments
There are certainly worse ways to spend two hours at the theater than by watching De Niro play an old Mobster in a self-reflexive action/comedy.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago7 Comments
Wan’s prowess as a storyteller and director in this more interesting and well-plotted second chapter may ironically end up luring in those who weren’t even onboard with Insidious in the first place.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago51 Comments
Even as the film locks into a more familiar monster-killing/CGI action-thriller, Twohy has enough smart elements in the mix that keep the film sharp.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago89 Comments
The uniqueness of the environment and chemistry of the central characters keep this relationship study interesting and lively.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago6 Comments
The World’s End is another worthwhile team-up from Pegg and Wright as well as a welcome addition to their cult-favorite trilogy.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago47 Comments
Kick-Ass 2 is a good but not great followup to Vaughn’s surprisingly smart, stylish and witty original.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago56 Comments
It’s not the funniest or most thoughtful comedy, but We’re the Millers strikes a fresh middle ground that should provide viewers with a number of memorable scenes – both humorous and oddly sweet.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago20 Comments
In spite of some very predictable story elements, and stock buddy cop setups, 2 Guns offers plenty of pleasing moments – thanks to a fun pair of performances from Washington and Wahlberg.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago12 Comments
A worthy buy for any fan of the material (or the characters), and a good film for even casual fans (or those curious about the potential for future live-action films) to check out.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago85 Comments
The To Do List includes plenty of ridiculous (and cringe-inducing) moments that are sure to entertain moviegoers looking for a raunchy teen comedy.
The Wolverine ranks among the better X-Men movies – along with Bryan Singer’s first two installments and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago172 Comments
RED 2 is an adequate but not stellar follow-up. It checks the necessary boxes to be worthy of recommendation – a solid cast, fun character banter, and decent action.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago21 Comments
On the whole, VHS 2 is an improvement on its predecessor in just about every way possible.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago15 Comments
While the storyline and emotional core aren’t strong, the action and spectacle are, and del Toro builds his world well enough to create plenty of future opportunities.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago251 Comments
Those who adore the Minions – and want to spend more time having some light-hearted fun in the zany Despicable Me universe – should get what they are looking for in the sequel.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago25 Comments
If you’re a dedicated fan of McCarthy’s brand of comedy – or you have enjoyed Feig’s previous funny offerings on the small/big screen – then there’s enough quality material in The Heat.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago58 Comments