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

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 120 minutes

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and seemingly scripted by The Three Stooges, it is big and dumb and more fun than a barrel of Bruce Willises…


Posted on March 26, 2013 by

THE CALL

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes

The first half is edge-of-your-seat. D’Ovidio was onto something. The emergency call center milieu hasn’t been explored on film a whole lot and proves instantly immersive. Someone could craft a classic crime thriller from the elements of this movie. Someone other than Anderson or D’Ovidio…


Posted on March 20, 2013 by

DEAD MAN DOWN

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

Wyman’s dialogue is spectacularly lackluster, Oplev’s direction undistinguished and an atmosphere of what can only be described as generic noir pervades the film…


Posted on March 12, 2013 by

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

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

With marketing costs, the tab for this 3D dud tops $300 million so it’s safe to say that, while the fabled goose never made an appearance, one hell of a giant egg got laid…


Posted on March 4, 2013 by

DARK SKIES

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 97 minutes

“Dark Skies” is less a movie than a greatest hits collection of motifs, images and moments borrowed from decades of supernatural classics. It’s the story of a typical suburban family grappling with the recession, teen hormones and extraterrestrial home invasion…


Posted on February 27, 2013 by

QUARTET

1 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 99 minutes

There isn’t a believable moment in this saccharine cartoon. Or a plot development a cataract patient couldn’t see coming a mile away…


Posted on February 19, 2013 by

AMOUR

5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

If it weren’t the only movie ever made about what physical shut down looks and feels like, it would certainly be the most honest…


Posted on February 13, 2013 by

STAND UP GUYS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

Pacino and Walken pull pathos and gravitas out of thin air, imbuing these two characters with depth beyond anything in Haidle’s script…


Posted on February 6, 2013 by

RUST AND BONE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 120 minutes

I’m not sure I’ve previously encountered a picture with an identity crisis quite this profound…


Posted on January 31, 2013 by

CONGRESSIONAL TORTURE: EXAMINING THE CONTROVERSY OF “ZERO DARK THIRTY”

It’s safe to say the creators of “Zero Dark Thirty” expected to be hearing more about Oscar nominations and less about Senate panels as their movie neared wide release…



Posted on January 8, 2013 by

HITCHCOCK

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 98 minutes

I’m not sure which is more tiresome-the series of fantasy sequences in which Hitchcock interacts with Ed Gein (Michael Wincott), the Wisconsin serial killer who provided the basis for the main character in Robert Bloch’s bestseller, or the love triangle “Hitchcock”‘s creators fabricate…


Posted on December 23, 2012 by

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 119 minutes

Maybe the wheels of justice will turn a little faster now that this impassioned film has put the five back in the spotlight…


Posted on December 11, 2012 by

THE SESSIONS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

Not since De Niro have I watched an actor come out of nowhere to emerge as a dominant industry shapeshifter the way John Hawkes has done over the past decade…


Posted on November 15, 2012 by

FLIGHT

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 138 minutes

After that spectacular opening, it isn’t just downhill; it’s variously dull, preachy, sappy and predictable…


Posted on November 10, 2012 by

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