Aug. 29, 2016
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Your Kung Fu Is Badath

Mike Tyson and Donnie Yen, together at last

Meh Kung Fu movies are awesome. When given the opportunity to review Ip Man 3, it’s advisable to jump-kick at the chance. Unfortunately, Ip Man 3 disappointed in everything but the Kung Fu department.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Ben Kendall

Dealing with Daddy

Bowling brings the boys together in Ally Walker’s directorial debut

Meh Sex, Death, and Bowling is an amusing and occasionally touching—if utterly predictable—traipse through family, the afterlife and, well, death and bowling.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Lucas Iberico Lozada

Film-Flam

The true story of a gifted writer who was kind of a huge jerk

Meh The ultimate issue with the film version of Trumbo's life is that it mostly seems like he was an insufferable prig rather than heroic crusader for political freedoms.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Alex De Vore

Agent Down!

'Spectre' is the long-awaited 26th Bond film, but it's long and hollow

Meh How do you like your James Bond? Brooding and brutal, with a healthy dose of melancholic angst? Or breezily throwing out quips as he murders his way around the world?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 AP Kryza

Lost in Translation

Bill Murray can't save 'Rock the Kasbah's cultural missteps

Meh Bill Murray plays a has-been—or perhaps never-was—rock manager named Richie Lanz, whose favorite client (the insufferable Zooey Deschanel) finds her way onto a USO tour of the war-torn Middle East.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Casey Jarman

If You Don't Watch This Movie, They'll Probably Shoot a Dog

It’s there in the title of 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon'

Meh Is this movie worth seeing? That will depend on how you feel about 1970s and 1980s comedy nostalgia.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 David Riedel

Surprise, Surprise, the Genius Is Difficult

'Steve Jobs' is not difficult, but it is a chore

Meh Give screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle credit for making a biopic that skirts tradition.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 David Riedel

Not Enough Romance, Comedy, or Drama

Sleeping with Other People is a chore to get through

Meh What makes Sleeping with Other People rank above a “barf” rating is its willingness to explore the seamier sides of human interaction.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 David Riedel

Better Deported than Red

'Jimmy’s Hall' has fine performances but a limp narrative

Meh Not that it matters, but Jimmy’s Hall is based on a true story, a 10-year chunk of real-life Irish Commie Jimmy Gralton’s existence; he’s infamous for being the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 David Riedel

Cold Inside

There are no big surprises in 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

Meh Alex Gibney spends two hours going through every rotten thing Steve Jobs did in his life, and that would be a revelation if all this information hadn’t been available when Jobs was alive.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 David Riedel
 
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