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   
  

Review: BROKEN HORSES Deserves A Swift Mercy Killing

Where does one draw the line between pitiable and risible? On the one hand, it just seems mean to want to pick on the slowest kid in the class, especially when you see just how far behind they are lagging.... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: COMMUNITY S6E05 "Laws Of Robotics And Party Rights", On Manipulation And Stereotypes

Like a prison inmate controlling an iPad mounted remote control robot that loses balance and tips over, this episode of Community just falls flat.After letting a once disgruntled ex-lawyer turned-professor sit back and soak in the group dynamic of this... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: FURIOUS 7, Super-Charged And Super-Sized

Big, loud, macho cool. It took some convincing to get me to believe that there was anything more to the Fast & Furious series than that. By the time part five rolled around, I had still never seen one of these... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: COMMUNITY S6E04 "Queer Studies And Advanced Waxing", The Ponderous Natures Of Truth & Lies

In a comedy show, the cold open can be a glorious thing.It can set the tone for the rest of an episode, prepping us for the stories to unfold, or be its own little mini-tale, absurd, irreverent, and charming. Community's... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: SERENA Finally Lumbers Into Theaters

Hallmark Hall of Fame called, they said to stop right now - they do not have the budget for these movie stars...! Lantern-lit wood cabins and literary based period melodrama do not guarantee a respectable film. The problems with Serena... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: HOME, Awfully Sugary But Not Sweet

Home depicts nothing less than the most kid friendly alien invasion even committed to the screen. Back-burnering any trauma and horror of the human internment camps that it depicts (both off-world and in Australia), Home showcases an eye-poppingly wacky planetary occupation... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: GET HARD, Two Men, Two Races, One Joke

Less a movie than a set-up for a haggard series of intended comedy blackouts, the new film Get Hard relies far too heavily on the well-established screen personas of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart to be successful on its own... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: BETTER CALL SAUL S1E08, RICO (Or, Let's Reassess In Six Months)

For all of its strengths, one thing Better Call Saul appears to lack is a firm sense of its overall narrative. Breaking Bad seasons are like lessons in structure, but this prequel doesn't appear to have quite the same composition.... More »
By Simon Cocks   
  

Review: COMMUNITY S6E03, "Basic Crisis Room Decorum," One Doggone Night At Greendale

"Basic Crisis Room Decorum" doesn't in any way shape or form attempt to wow us with a hairband scheme, wacky hijinks, blockbuster homages, or even, despite that title, sensational End-Of-Greendale crises.It starts with what sounds like some rather pressing news... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: INSURGENT Is Dystop-less

Part two of the big screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling series of YA sci-fi novels boasts a larger budget and sharper hairstyles than its predecessor, but remains incapable of stepping out from the long shadow cast by rival franchise... More »
By James Marsh   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: UNFRIENDED May Spell The End Of Social Media

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   
  
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