May 28, 2016
Yay Ok Meh barf

Play Nice

Gosling and Crowe try their best to be funny

Ok It’s only fair to give kudos to Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling—actors who generally tend to take serious roles—for their attempts at slapstick, but the overall cheese factor of The Nice Guys keeps it from ever achieving the levels of cool to which it so obviously aspires. ... More

May 25, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Love & Friendship

Finally. A period piece that isn’t boring as hell.

Yay Although delightfully uneven, and heavy with both dialogue and horse-drawn carriages, period piece Love & Friendship is thoroughly enjoyable and well made.
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May 25, 2016 by Jeff Berg

Once a Marine

New raw documentary exposes the difficulty in reintegrating after military service.

Yay Once a Marine Let’s just assume that Memorial Day means something more than a coveted three-day weekend in the first fair days on the edge of summer.
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May 25, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm

Beaten to Death

Summertime movies for people who hate to think too hard

Summer Guide If there were ever a good time to be obsessed with film and/or going to the movies, it’s summer.
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May 25, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Here They Come to Save the Day

Civil War is every bit as dumb and fun as we’d hoped

Yay Notoriously grumpy comics genius Alan Moore has referred to the recent influx of superhero films as a “cultural catastrophe.” Them’s fightin’ words, but at the rate we’re being inundated with these things, he ain’t that far off.
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May 11, 2016 by Alex De Vore

¡Que Viva!

Music and machismo bring drama to the doorstep, as Viva learns to fly in Havana

Yay Is there anyone who’s not talking about Cuba these days? As the island recently became fair game for American tourists after decades of prohibition on travel, it seems to occupy a new place in the sphere of imagination, too. ... More

May 18, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm

Clooney's been taken hostage!

Jodie Foster directs Clooney and Roberts in one of the most "just OK" movies ever.

Meh It’s definitely exciting that movies like this or The Big Short are beginning to look at the straight thievery of Wall Street, but whatever moral they may have been attempting to get across in this particular film is lost in the shuffle. ... More

May 18, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Fairy Tale Cinema

Stars might be the only thing going for it

Ok Tale of Tales consists of three well-trodden fairy tales from the works of Giambattista Basile, a writer and poet of the 16th and 17th century also credited with penning the first versions of Cinderella, Rapunzel and several other twice-told yarns. ... More

May 11, 2016 by Jeff Berg

Game Over

'Ratchet & Clank' is, itself, ratchet

Meh In the early 2000s, the fine folks at Insomniac Games brought a spirited young Lombax named Ratchet and an adorable defective robot named Clank together, and the gaming landscape was forever blown away. ... More

May 04, 2016 by Alex De Vore

What is this movie about?

Art-Doc run amok

Barf Aleksandr Sokurov’s newest film, Francofonia, is a schizophrenic misadventure in filmmaking. The lackluster attempt at weaving its several elements into a cohesive union is a failed effort. ... More

May 04, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Hail to the King

Oh yeah, movies have actual stories sometimes

Yay Tom Hanks is almost always at his best when he plays the everyman thrust into extraordinary circumstances. He’s America’s sweetheart, and while the man has proven his chops in dozens of memorable films over the years, he always excels in roles th ... More

April 26, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Talking Cats

Only in France

Yay Hand-drawn animated features are a rarity is this day and age. Having one shipped over from Europe that has any kind of resonance is even rarer (the last one that this critic can recall personally was The Triplets of Belleville).
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April 27, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Welcome to the Jungle

Kipling isn't rolling in his grave ... yet

Ok One could easily make the argument that Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man) new live-action Jungle Book adaptation is another nail in the “Hollywood is out of fresh ideas” coffin, but  it’s worth checking out, even if you aren’t being forced by your kids/ ... More

April 18, 2016 by Alex De Vore

I’m Sweet Enough

The way to the heart is through the stomach

Ok Everyone searches for meaning. It’s a quest that consumes us all, from the time that we start wondering why we’re here or what we’re doing with our lives.
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April 13, 2016 by Ben Kendall

El-Dough-Rado

Food critic Jonathan Gold opens the doors to LA’s nosh

Yay Los Angeles is home to about 20 million people. Its greater metropolitan area stretches in all directions for around 500 square miles.
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April 06, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Who’s the Boss?

Not Melissa McCarthy

Barf Oh boy, here comes The Boss, yet another pointless outing in a long line of movies wherein Melissa McCarthy says a bunch of awkward things, acts like a childish asshole to everyone and falls down all the time. ... More

April 13, 2016 by Alex De Vore
 

Morning Word: Trump Irreverent at Protested Rally

Morning Word New York billionaire takes a swing at Gov. Susana Martinez after she declines to appear on stage with him or endorse his presidential campaign. ... More

May 25, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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