GROWN UPS 2

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 101 minutes

Not all are classic moments in cinema. Several—including a car wash gag I neglected to mention—are a hoot and half though. There’s a definite sense that “Grown Ups 2″ was probably more fun to make than to watch…


Posted on July 17, 2013 by

HELP! (BLU-RAY)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 1965
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 92 minutes

Great cinema it isn’t. Great fun, great music and great company more than make up for that though…


Posted on July 15, 2013 by

THE GATEKEEPERS

5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 101 minutes

In the world there are only a handful of human beings who have been where these six have been and seen what they have seen. Their accounts of attacks by and against their enemies make the average spy novel look like something out of Mother Goose…


Posted on July 10, 2013 by

WORLD WAR Z

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 116 minutes

The first two acts maintain this mix of stunning effects (thousands of zombies scramble over the walls around Jerusalem by creating a ladder of bodies) and pinheaded narrative…


Posted on June 25, 2013 by

THIS IS THE END

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes

The rest is fun no responsible critic would risk spoiling so all I’ll say is that Rogen, Baruchel, Robinson, Hill and Franco hole up in the latter’s high security fortress…


Posted on June 17, 2013 by

THE INTERNSHIP

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 119 minutes

The harsh realities of today’s economy—ostensibly the picture’s subtext—can’t wipe the smiles off their faces even when jobs vaporize, girlfriends bail and homes go into foreclosure. After a while, their positivity actually began to creep me out. They’re like Stepford bros…


Posted on June 12, 2013 by

NOW YOU SEE ME

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 115 minutes

The film’s riddled with flaws but the biggest problem is the premise. The whole sleight-of-hand-artists-as-Robin-Hood-style rock-stars thing is an illusion. The four are a bore…


Posted on June 9, 2013 by

THE HANGOVER PART III

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

Sure, the filmmaker went out of his way to dispense with the step-retracing premise of the previous installments. The bugaboo is he and cowriter Craig Mazin also dispense almost entirely with the laughs…


Posted on June 4, 2013 by

A PLACE AT THE TABLE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 84 minutes

In a country which produces more than enough to feed all of its citizens, the picture asks, how can it be that 50 million Americans-one in every six-are hungry and have no idea where their next meal is coming from?


Posted on May 22, 2013 by

RENOIR

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 111 minutes

The movie’s a compilation of lifeless sequences in which the painter dashes off masterpieces amid picture perfect surroundings. We learn nothing about his life or oeuvre and anyone seeking psychological insight must make do with fromage such as “You can’t explain a painting-you have to feel it.” The filmmaker offers a portrait of the artist as an old fart because he’s chosen to portray him during the least dynamic phase of his life…


Posted on May 20, 2013 by

THE SAPPHIRES

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

There isn’t a plot point we don’t see coming and character development is nonexistent but I doubt a tour of duty has ever proven such film fun…


Posted on May 12, 2013 by

LORE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

The premise is intriguing: Adolescence is tricky enough; what would it be like to be a card carrying member of the Hitler Youth and a rabid anti-Semite while dealing with hormones on top of the harsh reality that the world you know has ceased to exist?


Posted on May 5, 2013 by

OBLIVION

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 124 minutes

You know a picture’s derivative when a list of titles in the same genre technically constitutes a spoiler…


Posted on April 24, 2013 by

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

Jackie Robinson was an American hero, an athlete and activist of the highest order and a man capable of maintaining an almost inconceivable level of dignity. He deserves a movie that strives to be at least half as great as he was, a movie better than a cookie cutter Hollywood biopic like this one…


Posted on April 17, 2013 by

ON THE ROAD

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 124 minutes

Take my advice: If you hope to hold onto a shred of your youthful fondness for the book, stay far away as possible from his film…


Posted on April 3, 2013 by

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