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 >
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 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
“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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >