Movie Review: “Cooties”

There’s nothing scarier than creepy kid movies, except for perhaps movies where it’s a whole town of creepy kids. It seems like the natural progression to make a movie about a pandemic of creepy (zombie) kids, and it’s resulted in one of the best horror comedies in a  long while. “Cooties” is about a zombie-creating virus that… Read More »

Movie Review: No Escape

This film has been a bit unfairly dismissed by most critics, and–if you read most of the reviews–they seem caught up more in the fact that the portrayals of rioting Southeast Asians is racist than anything actually presented on camera. As an excuse to engage in identity politics, most of the reviews work, but as… Read More »

Movie Review: The Gift

My reviews are getting so late in the game, that getting a new one is practically the same thing as a “Gift” but I’ll try to soldier on even as most people have already seen this movie… What Works: Written, directed, and starring Joel Edgerton “The Gift” is a a very well-crafted, sharper-than-you-think creepy “friend” thriller.… Read More »

Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation

A month after this film’s release, and pretty much everyone who was going to see it already has, but I can’t shake the feeling all the positive reactions it’s been getting aren’t entirely earned. After all, I saw it a month ago and haven’t felt compelled to really write a review… What Works: Rebecca Ferguson is… Read More »

The 7 Best Series You’re not Watching: “Hannibal,” “Show Me a Hero,” “Another Period,” and More

In a week’s time, 7 of the best series that you’re (probably) not watching will have experienced their season or–for shame–series finales, and now might be as good a time as any to catch up with them. Honorable Mention: Welcome to Sweden…I’m sad to see this terrific, underrated Greg Poehler gem go since NBC has already… Read More »

Movie Review: Trainwreck

Both a rebuke to the romantic comedy and an embrace of it, the film manages to take chances that people have been begging the stale genre to take for a long time. What Works: “Trainwreck” may look like it’s just coasting on the recent trend of “women who are a fucking mess but great guys love… Read More »

Movie Review: Southpaw

Not a good movie, but there’s a great performance at the center of it. What Works: This largely forgettable boxing movie will be known mostly for Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance, which is a 180 from last year’s excellent (and underseen) “Nightcrawler.” In that film, he was a rail-thin and articulate sociopath who hid his amoralism behind upbeat,… Read More »

Movie Review: Minions

Turns out a little bit of these guys goes a long way. What Works: Kids may like this film better than “Inside Out”… What Doesn’t: But you sure won’t. This is a movie made to entertain kids at home when parents don’t know what to do with them for 90 minutes. The actual Minions characters are cute… Read More »

Movie Review: Inside Out

Pixar’s latest has earned rave reviews, and it’s easy to see why. Not much more can be said about this movie that hasn’t already been said, but I’ll try anyway… What Works: Special kudos to the writer who came up with the idea to set a movie mostly inside the mind of a kid growing up,… Read More »