PHILOMENA

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 98 minutes

“Philomena” is so pandering, patronizing and proudly by the numbers it makes the “The Guilt Trip” look like “Lawrence of Arabia”…


Posted on December 3, 2013 by

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes

You’ve seen the tabloid shots of the actor so skeletal it’s unclear what’s holding his pants up. Now you can see the reason he put himself through such a punishing transformation. And you should. Even if the movie isn’t quite as excellent as he is…


Posted on November 25, 2013 by

ALL IS LOST

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes

This shipwreck isn’t a trainwreck by any means but, in the case of the writer-director’s sophomore outing, less in the end really is less…


Posted on November 18, 2013 by

12 YEARS A SLAVE

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 134 minutes

Where are the serious American films about slavery? And how did I fail to note the paucity of pictures addressing our national dirty laundry? Just one of the great things about this great new movie is the fact that it shines a light on a significant cinematic hypocrisy…


Posted on November 11, 2013 by

LAST VEGAS

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes

In the case of this lazy, laugh-free comedy, what happens in Vegas shouldn’t have just stayed in Vegas; it should’ve stayed in Fogelman’s word processor…


Posted on November 6, 2013 by

JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

As long strange trips go, Irving and Billy’s feels more long than strange…


Posted on October 29, 2013 by

THE FIFTH ESTATE

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 128 minutes

One of the picture’s multitudinous shortcomings is the fact that its subject is literally an international man of mystery and neither its director nor screenwriter, Josh Singer, seem to have any more idea who he is and what makes him tick than you or I…


Posted on October 22, 2013 by

FRANCES HA

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 86 minutes

Watching Frances Ha, it hit me: Greta Gerwig is the anti-Zooey. Both actresses are quirky, sweet, funny and attractive but there’s a significant distinction. Deschanel’s built a career as the poster chick for the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. The MPDG is a filmmaking term for bubbly cinematic creatures which exist to teach brooding young men […]


Posted on October 16, 2013 by

RUSH

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 123 minutes

Ron Howard does indeed possess a beautiful mind. Let us count the ways the world would be diminished without him: First, there never would’ve been an Opie (and what a barren patch the universe would be had there never been such a thing as an Opie). Or a Richie Cunningham. Artists have achieved immortality for […]


Posted on October 2, 2013 by

2013 MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW

From September 27 through October 6, movie houses, universities, galleries, cafes, museums and maybe even a truck or two will feature the same ten finalists-selected from a record 628 entries from 48 countries-more or less simultaneously on six continents from the midwest to the Middle East…



Posted on September 25, 2013 by

THE FAMILY

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 110 minutes

Obviously Robert De Niro was abducted by aliens and the fellow we’ve watched sleepwalk through nearly twenty years of shlock is a pod person…


Posted on September 16, 2013 by

ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 92 minutes

What I learned watching this film is that what it means to be the biggest band in the world has changed completely in my lifetime…


Posted on September 4, 2013 by

BLUE JASMINE

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 98 minutes

There’s the germ of an intriguing idea in there-the notion of Blanche/Jasmine’s downfall as a metaphor for the country’s economic collapse-and I’m for anyone inclined to remind a 21st century audience of Tennessee Williams’ genius. The problem is Allen’s grown lazy and sour…


Posted on September 3, 2013 by

JOBS

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 128 minutes

Stern and Whiteley’s is a story about big business when it should’ve been a story about big ideas…


Posted on August 21, 2013 by

WE’RE THE MILLERS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 110 minutes

The picture’s committee of writers clearly couldn’t decide whether it wanted to go for R-rated raunch or heart-tugging sentimentality so opted for both…


Posted on August 14, 2013 by

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