If you can hang in there an hour and a half, this latest Marvel installment
does, finally, deliver. But why do we have to wait so long???
Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck is anything but. Baudy, assured,
realistic and mature this laugh-out-loud comedy is a delight...
This movie is as bad as it looks. Director Tarsem Singh never wrangles
Alex and David Pastor’s mess of a mélange into anything comprehensible...
Magic Mike XXL
Proving it’s not just looks, but heart, the effectively packaged but very
uneven entertainment delivers a few things that are just darn irresistible...
Do you have to be high in order to laugh here?
No, but for a whole lot of this movie it sure feels that way.
There’s no real way to prepare yourself for the flat out marvel
of Inside Out, the Pixar release that not only revives the studio’s
legacy, but the whole concept of family entertainment...
Not much happens in this chapter’s first hour or so. And then all hell
breaks loose, delivering exactly what you bought those tickets to see.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Shooting a burst of much needed oxygen into the current
scene, this very lively winner thrives on its unabashed love of
film and innovative yet poignant storytelling...
This is the movie we Melissa McCarthy fans have been waiting for:
a sweet, silly and stealthily smart spoof that delivers genuine laughs...
Boys will be Boys. You were expecting Shakespeare, maybe?
Aloha is a word with many meanings. In the case of Cameron
Crowe’s latest film, it’s definition can only be “whaaaa?”...
Pitch Perfect 2
It may not be well, you know, perfect, but this harmonious sequel still sings...
Mad Max: Fury Road
Well, hot damn! George Miller’s Mad Max reboot kicks the
superhero action genre in the butt, charging forth with a furious
yet streamlined energy that changes the game for everybody...
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Talk about feeding the beast. Josh Whedon’s never dull chapter in
the franchise is practically bursting at its seams, relentlessly serving
up just what the fans of this brand are expecting...
I felt a little guilty not liking John Travolta’s pale imitation of a melodrama.
But, as routine reduced to redundant, I got over that...
The Water Diviner
Russell Crowe acquits himself nicely in this overly
ambitious yet still slim historical romantic drama.
Woman in Gold
The real life heroes of this gutsy story deserve far better than the
dumbed down and white washed treatment they get here...
Yes, it’s enchanting, but this beautiful version is also something very much more...
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The title may have double meaning, but the singular
rewards of this sequel are as rich as the original...
50 Shades of Grey
A flaccid S and M movie that’s more infuriating than titillating? Happy Valentine’s Day...
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The crazier Matthew Vaughn’s homage to James Bond becomes, the greater it is...
Granted you’d think a movie about a screenwriter could
have been at least a little less rote, but that doesn’t mean
this rom com isn’t offering up some sweet entertainment...
Black or White
Mike Binder’s got the heart but not the grit to fully
tap the potential of this well intentioned drama...
The Boy Next Door
Don’t we…and Jennifer Lopez…deserve better than this routine at best possible guilty pleasure?
For those willing to meet it halfway, this beautifully
pedigreed hybrid offers up some real and strange delights...
Is it truly such a surprise Jennifer Aniston is as good as she is in this otherwise modest drama?
Much has been written about what this film is not. What
it is, undoubtedly, is one damned compelling movie...
A Most Violent Year
With this gritty, savvy and finely wrought drama, J.C. Chandor establishes
himself as one of the most exciting directors of his generation...
Into the Woods
For better or worse, this is your prestige crowd
pleasing movie for the Christmas season...
Angelina Jolie may not have brought a whole lot of artistry to the remarkable
life story of Olympian and World War 2 hero Louie Zamperini, but she sure does
know how to let that story capture us up in its own true power...
This is the movie we’ve been waiting for Chris Rock to make...
As unnervingly timely as this historical drama is, this is
also a film with clear-eyed heart, one that sweeps you
up and carries you with undeniable power and grace...
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon’s
adaptation is a spot on stoner story that’s
just a little too in love with itself...
Reese Witherspoon’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s autobiography
has all the right stuff. So how come I wasn’t a puddle when it was over?
The Imitation Game
This true story is, in itself, so tragically fascinating and the performances
so fine, you almost don’t realize how safe this film actually is...
Rarely has a film so chilly felt so richly drawn. Bennett Miller’s decidedly
remote true-life story is a brilliantly acted, fiercely American tragedy...
Jon Stewart’s auspicious debut behind the camera not only makes us
think and feel, but yeah, laugh a little, too. The guy can’t help it...
The Theory of Everything
It would be easy to fall into the trap of wishing this look at one
of the greatest minds on the planet was something more, dare I
say, intellectual. But this movie is a love story. And a fine love story it is...
Some of the parts of this mega-fantasy are
awesome. The sum of all parts? Not so stellar...
Dan Gilroy’s sleek and slick indictment of TV news
crawls under the skin thanks, in great part, to a knockout
performance from a sensational Jake Gyllenhaal...
I don’t know about Nick and Amy, but the creative marriage of David Fincher
and Gillian Flynn is dandy, delivering a juicy movie that’s damned entertaining...
Yes, there have been many movies about abusive mentor relationships.
Here, though, we’ve got two artists at the top of their game
plumbing the depths of defining artistic sacrifice. Pithy stuff...
What could be Liam Neeson’s newest franchise gets off to a
decent start with this Lawrence Block mystery adaptation...
This lush yet gritty adaptation, like the real journey itself, refuses to
take the easy route. There are real rewards for all of us in that...
Kevin Smith’s comic horror homage is not
completely nuts. Even counting the walrus.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Amidst the gazillion 3-D bullets flying, this long awaited
sequel commits the biggest crime of all: it gets boring...
Love is Strange
One of the most beautifully acted movies in recent
times, this affecting love story earns our tears...
Trip to Italy
While this second course may not be as startlingly scrumptious as its
predecessor, this dandy reunion still serves up a mighty delicious treat...
The fact that Lucy, the enabled heroine in Luc Besson’s ambitiously
nuts sci-fi-er, can get people to do exactly what she wants them to do
by merely glancing at them made me, frankly, a little jealous...
Magic in the Moonlight
Had this pretty trifle been made by a different filmmaker, perhaps I
could have just sat back and enjoyed the scenery. But it wasn’t....
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