Review: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Chooses Not To Compete, And Succeeds

Michael Bay gets his hands on another beloved property from our childhoods, but as producer of a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature his signature influence is somewhat muted. Director Jonathan Liebesman instead delivers a superhero adventure pitched squarely at... More »
  

Review: GET ON UP Gets Down With Its Bad Self

The brand new James Brown biopic Get On Up is a mixed bag, both admirable and aggravating. It manages to wear out it's welcome with only a few bad scenes. It's both boring and totally engaging; inert while dancing up... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

It starts with the soothing sounds of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love". Waves of reverb crash over the Rhodes electric piano riff, a building crescendo vocal harmonies that lead to the plaintive lead vocal line. Thus begins our look at... More »
  

Review: AND SO IT GOES, Easy To Enjoy, Easy To Forget

Rob Reiner has gotten a bad rap. His latest film, And So It Goes, will not change that. From Reiner's very first feature, This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, the filmmaker has trafficked freely in genial, heartfelt, genuine sentimentality, as... More »
  

Review: MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, Woody Allen Still Believes

Woody Allen may not believe in God, but he does believe in magic. This much has been clear for years, at least since "Oedipus Wrecks," his entry in the 1991 anthology film New York Stories, in which a hapless magician's mother... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: HERCULES, A Pretty Good Hot Dog

Brett Ratner may have finally found his niche. Freed of a modern-day setting and any thought of realism, the director's inclination toward outlandish action takes flight almost immediately. The opening moments of Hercules are narrated efficiently; the story takes place... More »
  

Review: THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Incoherent Screams Against The System

Taking place one year after the events in 2013's The Purge but featuring a new cast of characters, The Purge: Anarchy declines to flesh out its vague premise, once again focusing its energies on a basic instinct: fight or flight.... More »
  

Review: SEX TAPE, A Comedy Strained To The Breaking Point

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel look good naked. This is an important plot point in Sex Tape, so please pay attention to their naked bodies, especially when they are having sex or trying to have sex. When they meet in... More »
  

Review: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE Rescues Spin-Off Franchise

Having not seen last summer's Disney's Planes ("From the world of Pixar's Cars!"), I went into its fast-tracked, pre-ordained, computer animated sequel with two questions: 1. What happened in the first movie? And 2., How can that possibly matter? After seeing... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and LIFE ITSELF

This week we look at the latest from the Apes franchise, as well as the lovely tribute to Roger Ebert, Life Itself.Video embedded below... More »
  

Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Doesn't Monkey Around

There will be plenty of hyperbole flung about in celebration of this film with the joy and abandon of an ape playfully lobbing his poop at an appreciative audience.Yet like the scatological simian show at your local zoo, there may... More »
  

Review: EARTH TO ECHO, An Alien Loose In Suburbia

Somewhere beneath the wreckage of its found-footage conceit, a heartfelt, 80s-style, family-friendly, science-fiction adventure lurks within Earth to Echo. Revolving around the friendship of three boys, the film seeks to recapture the moment when childhood yields to adolescence, and an... More »
  

Review: DELIVER US FROM EVIL Delivers The Horror Goods

A totally engrossing freak-out, Deliver Us From Evil may not make you believe in demons, but it will convince you that talented filmmakers can create a world in which such spirit creatures exist and exert a powerful influence upon unfortunate... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: THE COMPLETE PHIBES Boxset Provides Plenty Of Priceless Price

(Love means: following your wife in death, after first killing off everyone you hold responsible for her demise...) In the late fifties, sixties and early seventies, horror fans young and old flocked to cinemas to see three iconic actors:... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Is The Film Michael Bay Was Born To Make

Like the film I'm talking about, this is going to take a bit to get through. My advice for both film and review: Sit back, and enjoy the ride.Transformers: Age of Extinction is, if one wants to rank such things, the... More »
  

Review: JERSEY BOYS, Oh, What a Mess...

I probably went into Jersey Boys with expectations that were too high. That's not to say I expected some grand musical masterpiece, delicately crafted and impeccably told. No, I just wanted a decent popcorn flick about a couple of wise guys... More »
  

Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, An Impeccably Crafted Fairy Tale

Ok, I'm a sucker for this film. There, I said it to get it out of the way. My affection for the How To Train Your Dragon series comes down to a particularly personal connection - their design for... More »
  

Review: 22 JUMP STREET, Charmingly Aware That It's A Sequel

Sequels are often rough things. Save for franchises where the expectation of similarity is baked in, the second of a kind is rarely as successful as the first. Success, of course, need not mean in terms of dollars and cents,... More »
  

Review: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, When Tear-Jerking Is Not Enough

To paraphrase Shakespeare (badly): If you place cancer kids in front of me, will I not cry? What human being with an ounce of empathy would not be touched deeply at the sight of a terminally-ill person, especially a child... More »
  

Review: MALEFICENT Casts A Feminist Spell

Call her Beneficent. Rebooting the studio's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty into a live-action version suitable for the 21st century, Maleficent casts a strong feminist spell. "I don't think she's very happy," says one of the fairies in Walt Disney's... More »
  
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