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 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 | 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 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 | 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago89 Comments
The uniqueness of the environment and chemistry of the central characters keep this relationship study interesting and lively.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago47 Comments
Kick-Ass 2 is a good but not great followup to Vaughn’s surprisingly smart, stylish and witty original.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago82 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago21 Comments
On the whole, VHS 2 is an improvement on its predecessor in just about every way possible.
by Kofi Outlaw | 1 year ago13 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year ago58 Comments
Emmerich has produced a competent (read: not essential) blockbuster thriller that is likely to satisfy filmgoers who were intrigued by the trailers and/or core premise.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago53 Comments
The Bling Ring successfully captures the culture of celebrity obsession and impersonation that fueled these teens into criminal activity – while also delivering a competent and entertaining summary.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago3 Comments
Monsters University proves to be as spiritually-uplifting and pleasant as Monsters, Inc., but isn’t equally strong as a creative accomplishment – and might not be as well-remembered in the long run.
by Sandy Schaefer | 1 year ago6 Comments
World War Z transforms from an engaging glimpse at post-apocalyptic human endurance into a brainless shell that is as absentminded as its undead subject matter.
by Ben Kendrick | 1 year ago72 Comments
Die-hard fans of Rogen, Franco and their merry band of foul-mouthed misfits will probably be more forgiving of the film’s weaknesses and just relish in the sheer comedic insanity.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago53 Comments
The Purge is an easily commendable film to those who like the short, sweet, and cathartic violent enjoyment of a solid thriller.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago68 Comments
This film makes for pretty good popcorn entertainment – and (almost) demonstrates that Hollywood movies can still entrance, even in the age of frantic blockbusters stuffed full with hollow eye candy.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago33 Comments
The by-the-numbers kid’s movie elements (which includes an unnecessary romance subplot) prevents Epic from completely living up to its name.
by Sandy Schaefer | 2 years ago27 Comments
At times, Fast & Furious 6 is a little unwieldy, saddled with a lot of added baggage, but it’s still an extremely entertaining ride.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago39 Comments
The Hangover Part III is an experience best enjoyed by those loyal fans who want to see the end of the Wolfpack saga.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago22 Comments
The Iceman is an average biopic that is elevated to something higher based solely on the strength of its star.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago19 Comments
Superman: Unbound just proves that Brainiac would be a fantastic antagonist for a Man of Steel sequel, offering both a worthy storyline and threat for Superman.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago35 Comments
Iron Man 3 should provide enough fun and excitement for both Iron Man die-hards and newly acquired Avengers fans.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago356 Comments
Mud is worthy viewing if you’re looking for a wonderfully strange indie folk tale – but be ready to invest the stamina needed to pull through the slower segments.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago14 Comments
Melodrama and predictable reveals keep the film from being the mind-bending creation that Kosinski may have envisioned, but the director still presents a captivating future with rich visuals.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago173 Comments
Remakes don’t get much better than this – in terms of revitalizing the franchise and servicing both veteran and newcomer viewers.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago66 Comments
It’s still a wonderfully crafted work by a talented Americana director – but the movie is likely destined to be remembered more for its all-star cast than its subject matter.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago11 Comments
The journey isn’t overly thrilling, but it’s not a chore, either. And, when it’s done, you’re left with the feeling that you’ve seen something whole, complete and enjoyable.
by Kofi Outlaw | 2 years ago2 Comments
Even when Olympus Has Fallen comes up short, it’s still an immensely entertaining (and very brutal) lone gunman action film.
by Ben Kendrick | 2 years ago84 Comments