Movie Review: “Kill the Messenger” An Ignored Gem

Every now and again, a great film falls through the cracks. Kill the Messenger is one of the year’s very best but is not quite getting the critical or commercial respect it deserves, and I doubt most people have even heard it.

What Works: The movie is the true story of Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner, More >

Movie Review: The Judge

This is a tough one because on the one hand, I should be thrilled to watch a movie clearly made for adults (there’s been a grand total of 9 of them this year) and there’s not a zombie or superhero in sight, but the movie also isn’t very good. Do you give Robert Downey Jr. points for finally More >

“The Walking Dead” Just When I’m Out, They Pull Me Back In

The second half of the fourth season was painfully slow and scattershot, watching each of them aimlessly roam towards a sanctuary that we just knew was too good to be true. It made me feel like I was watching the worst stretch of episodes since season 2, and like the show just never really learns More >

Movie Review: “Dracula Untold” Should Have Stayed Untold

I wasn’t too surprised when this movie turned out to be bad, and no one else should be either…

What Works: Ummm…well…uhhh…[crickets chirping]…Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance is always worth watching and he’s more menacing than ever as a very old vampire…

What Doesn’t Work: So many things. For one, More >

TV Reviews: “The Strain,” and “The Bridge”

Two very different FX dramas came to a close this past week, let’s take a closer look…

The Strain…Although I’ve begun to grow tired of the supernatural horror television genre, I have to admit that this show got under my skin. [Three points for the pun!] Most sci-fi or fantasy-based TV shows are More >

TV Review: “Tethered” and “Naked and Afraid”

Discovery has cornered the market on “extreme” survival shows that don’t actually pay the contestants anything but do look a hell of a lot harder than Survivor…

“Naked and Afraid”…A show I stumbled across at 2 o’clock in the morning one night and could hardly believe my eyes. It turns out, there More >

Monday Morning Movie Review: Gone Girl

“Gone Girl” is a hard film to review because it’s based on a book I would consider to be a masterpiece of “genre” fiction (technically a mystery/thriller but really more a deep psychological profile of a psychopath and a marriage folded into a thriller framework), and unlike 99.99 percent of books, More >

Movie Review: “The Boxtrolls” When Ugly’s Never Looked So Unique

A children’s film that is both visually unique and nasty. I enjoyed it as an art experiment, but will kids really enjoy a film where the human characters are more disgusting than the trolls? Maybe “enjoy” isn’t the right word…

What Works: The movie contains a nice message about not listening to More >

Movie Review: “The Equalizer” Vs. “A Walk Among The Tombstones”

Two films (both based on something, either an old TV show or a book) opened recently that were very similar in plot structure—a once-great actor now known mostly for action roles (Denzel Washington, Liam Neeson) plays a retired hard-ass who gets mixed up in a shadowy crime web and tries to More >

10 Fall Movies I’m Looking Forward to, and 10 I’m Not

Better late than never, it’s time for the 10 Fall movies I’m most looking forward to, 10 I’m not looking forward to, and 5 I’m not so sure about

 

Top 10 Fall Movies I’m Not Looking Forward to…

 

Runners-Up: Laggies…Keira Knightley has been trying to make it happen for a very long time now, combine More >

TV Reviews: “Ray Donovan,” “Masters of Sex,” and “Welcome to Sweden”

Which one of these things is not like the other? Welp, I watched “Welcome to Sweden” but it’s not really enough of a show to review on its own, so I thought I’d lump it in here…

 

Masters of Sex…This Showtime series really struggled in its sophomore season. The first season wasn’t exactly great (it More >

TV Reviews: “The Quest” “An Honorable Woman” “Married” “You’re the Worst” “The Leftovers”

All of these shows have come and gone, but why not review them (real quick) anyway?

 

Married…Likable characters exploring marriage but each episode feels a little more aimless (and more specific/less realistic) than the last. Grade for Season One: B-

You’re the Worst…Supposedly unlikable More >

Monday Morning Movie Reviewer: The Maze Runner

Another generic young adult dystopian fantasy, but there are some solidly suspenseful moments.

What Works: For a long while, the mystery of a moving, seemingly organic maze is fairly captivating. There’s a real atmosphere of suspense and dread in the first two thirds that hooks you. And it’s only More >

Movie Review: This is Where I Leave You

As a novel, this book by Jonathan Tropper is just one of the 500-a-year “Jewish family dramedy” novels but as a movie it is a little different than the glut of sequels and remakes currently taking up screen real estate. And that uniqueness—-especially after such a stale summer—-might make the film More >

Movie Review: The Drop

Another film that never fully comes to life, but it does come a lot closer. “The Drop” is a slow-boiling crime film that doesn’t grab you but won’t fully put you to sleep either.

What Works: James Gandolfini’s final performance is required viewing for cineastes, and he owns every scene he’s in. His More >

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