Hollywood never misses a trick to squeeze extra pennies out of a (mostly) used up turnip and the latest big squeeze is the “re-release” of movies you’ve already seen before in 3D (Jurassic Park, The Lion King, Little Mermaid, etc.). And now they think they’ve stumbled onto the next big wave by More >
Whew…well, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all…but that’s not really how reviewing works so let’s say it anyway…
What Works: The idea of setting a “star crossed lovers” movie against the backdrop of Pompeii isn’t a terrible one, and I could see where a starry eyed producer More >
This nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of 2013 is just now getting a sizeable rollout in U.S. theaters.
What Works: The premise is terrific. It revolves around the title character (a young Palestinian running with friends that could be called a very loose terrorist cell) being involved in the More >
This movie is shockingly good. Maybe it’s saying something that the best movie in the first two months of the year is an animated film that exists solely to sell children’s toys.
What Works: It’s got the best script of any of the movies I’ll review today. It’s lively and witty and just all around More >
Hard to even remember anything about this movie, and it was only two weeks ago I saw it.
What Works: I did like that they spent a lot of time talking about drones and militarizing police forces and other issues that are relevant. So I liked that the movie at least made an effort.
What Doesn’t: More >
This movie sucked. It’s about an immortal angel/demon/Irishman/something or other played by Colin Farrell who is kept alive through miracles and love and puppies and rainbows even while the nasty demon played by Russell Crowe chases after him.
What Works: There’s a thoroughly unexpected Will Smith More >
“An inexplicably popular movie starring Kevin Hart”–Told you I’d be using that phrase a lot. Except that the advertising (which plays up heavily Hart’s contemptuous romance with Regina Hall) is slightly misleading since this is really a romance between Michael Ealy/Joy Bryant and Hart/Hall are More >
“An inexplicably popular movie starring Kevin Hart” a phrase I feel like I’m going to be using a lot this year.
What Works: Not much. This shitty buddy comedy is like every movie you’ve ever seen before and doesn’t try hard to be that different. The movie largely rests on Hart’s shoulders since More >
The main “problem” with this George Clooney directed (and headlined) movie is that it should have been so much better than it is.
What Works: How do you round up a cast that includes John Goodman, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, etc. and not make it more lively than this? Sure, Bill gets off a couple good More >
Maybe 100 people saw this movie back in January, and maybe that’s 50 too many.
What Works: Not much. I guess Zac Efron acquits himself okay in smoothie mode, but the movie straight up wastes the rest of a really promising cast.
What Doesn’t Work: Poor Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Miles More >
Another fairly unmemorable January turd that I’m just now reviewing…Man, I wouldn’t even blame people if they weren’t reading this at this point.
What Works: Kevin Costner keeps his movie star cool going strong. Kenneth Branaugh is an interesting villain. And some of the intrigue is decent.
What More >
I have been seriously slacking with my movie reviews. In hopes of “making it up to you” I’m going to post several reviews today for movies that may no longer be part of the conversation, but I did see them so…
What Works: This Josh Brolin/Kate Winslett romance involves an escaped felon played by More >