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

WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS: FREE PRESS AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 66 minutes

I know it’s hard to believe things have gotten so Orwellian so fast just when they were supposed to get better but Greenwald’s done his homework. His film’s just been released on DVD and I strongly recommend it…


Posted on August 7, 2013 by

THE WAY WAY BACK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

Faxon and Rash don’t reinvent the teen wheel here, just give it a fresh spin. We know where things are headed but enjoy the ride anyway because we’re in such great company and such capable hands…


Posted on July 31, 2013 by

THE CONJURING

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 112 minutes

Wan’s exercise in old school chills fails not just because it doesn’t feature a single cheap trick we haven’t seen a hundred times before but because it’s got too many central characters and too little focus…


Posted on July 24, 2013 by

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

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