Review: JURASSIC WORLD, When Brand(ed) Chaos Reigns

Jurassic Park was the event movie of my childhood. In the summer of 1993, I was 9 years old. Amidst my enthusiasm for Batman, X-Men, and all things Star Wars, I was compelled and fascinated by the world of dinosaurs.... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Review: LOVE & MERCY, That's What You Need Tonight

"I was sittin' in a crummy movie with my hands on my chin..."  That's not a statement in regards to the film this review is covering. Rather, it's the first line of the song of this movie's namesake. Brian Wilson's... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Review: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, Less Than What Came Before

As with the first two films in the series, Insidious: Chapter 3 delivers a very audience-friendly experience, which bolsters a tepid movie that is only occasionally effective. Writer Leigh Whannell, making his directorial debut, includes an abundance of moments intended... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: SPY, McCarthy Shines In Uproarious Espionage Send Up

Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig team up once again for a wickedly funny send-up of the James Bond series with charm and wit in ample supply. Jude Law and Jason Statham add to the fun as, respectively, a suave, painfully... More »
By Pierce Conran   

Review: ENTOURAGE, Exhausting And Insulting And Discouraging

The television series Entourage ran for eight seasons on HBO, but I checked out sometime during the third season in 2006, burned out on the show's consistently tasteless humor and refusal to engage with its subject matter on anything more... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: ALOHA Is No Vacation

You say goodbye, I say hello.... Such was the case going into Cameron Crowe's latest romantic comedy Aloha, a promising package of Bradley Cooper falling in love with Emma Stone in Hawaii. While Crowe himself, a wide-eyed music enthusiast who can't... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Review: SAN ANDREAS, Disastrous To A Fault

Look out, earthquakes! Mess with Dwayne Johnson's family and he will punch you in the nose. Completely divorced from reality, San Andreas is a large-scale, family-first action movie that stars Dwayne Johnson and millions, perhaps billions, of pixels, all gathering... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: POLTERGEIST, A Remake That Resembles The Original A Little Too Closely

"They're here!" The original Poltergeist looms large in modern popular culture, the 1982 film having grown in stature over the years to the point where it's considered a classic of the haunted house genre. Indeed, the original is a very... More »
By Peter Martin   

Cannes 2015 Review: SICARIO, A Beautifully Executed Hitman Film

In white writing on a black screen we're taught that Sicario was the name given to Hebrew Zealots (the name means "dagger men") who fought to expel the Romans in Judea. Now the name is used in Mexico to refer... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Cannes 2015 Review: INSIDE OUT, A New Pixar Classic

It's no small coincidence that as Pixar enters its cinematic adolescence, it showcases a film that deals with the challenges of growing up. After changing the world of animation with Toy Story, they rode a meteoric rise, crafting some of... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: TOMORROWLAND, Yearning For The Past, Dripping With Disney Spirit

Four years after the greatly entertaining Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird tackles the live action dimension for a second time with Tomorrowland, a massive sci-fi production intended for the whole family. Despite a rather enjoyable first part and Bird's... More »

Cannes 2015 Review: SEA OF TREES, Glimpses Of Beauty Within A Poisoned Forest

It's never a good thing when a film gets booed, but it happens more frequently at Cannes than anywhere in my experience. Often this booing takes on a kind of group think, with headlines all over the world declaring the... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Cannes 2015 Review: IRRATIONAL MAN, Woody Allen's Maudlin, Disappointing Trifle

Let's make this perfectly clear - Woody Allen, director, is one of the most unique and prolific talents in the history of cinema. Every year we get a film on schedule, often a chatty and intellectually rich ensemble piece... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Pitches Right Down The Middle

The Bellas are back, for more comedy wrapped up in singing, or vice versa, depending on your preference. As a movie, it's more of a fun night out at the theater than a stirring next chapter in the lives of... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Review: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, A Tour De Force Masterpiece

How's this for hyperbole: George Miller is the Australian Spielberg. You've got a director with a wide diversity of films (from The Road Warrior to Babe to Happy Feet), all injected with an almost preternaturally gifted ability to have... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Review: HOT PURSUIT Is A Cold Annoyance

There are some who might find the new Reese Witherspoon/Sofía Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit to be a perfectly viable waste of time. But I didn't think it was so hot. Before the movie's advance screening, the token hired security guard stepped... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Review: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Suffers From Its Strongest Asset

Despite the avalanche of comic book adaptations, I was kind of looking forward to Joss Whedon's second time around with the Avengers. The first film proved to have great entertainment value and Whedon managed to approach each superhero equitably and... More »

Review: UNFRIENDED, When Social Media Becomes Anti-Social

Yikes. "HEY u guyz!!!" "Whazzz happening?!" "Nothing much." "O yuck!" "Hey, I think there's a mean and NASTY serial killer in the video chat room with us." "Get outta here!!!!!!!" "No, I'm serious!" "I am TOO, DUDE!" The above quotations... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: MONKEY KINGDOM Doesn't Monkey With Formula

"Here we come... Walking down the street..." Yes, this film actually opens with the old Monkees TV show theme. It plays over a satisfying opening montage of monkeys in the jungle doing stupid things and getting laughs. It's lazy, but it... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Now Streaming: MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL Takes The Leap

Leave it to the Man Without Fear to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to daring new heights. Even if that's just mostly to the top of a five story walk-up in Hell's Kitchen.   

Marvel's Daredevil is the first of the... More »
By Ben Umstead   
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