July 1, 2015
The year is halfway done, and it’s a fantastic time to highlight the best movies so far. If 2015 has been about anything thus far, it’s been about a resurgence in horror. It’s been such a desert for the genre in recent years that I’m normally happy... More ›
June 17, 2015
When the lights in the theater dimmed, I whispered a quiet prayer to the movie gods: “Make me feel like I’m 10 years old again.” When the credits rolled, I thought something else: “That’s all... More ›
June 10, 2015
Hollywood is cheap and greedy. Producers don’t want to take risks. If something works, they’ll beat it into the ground. And the sky is blue.
I’ve read countless editorials about why Hollywood... More ›
June 3, 2015
Sometimes as critics, we boil down a movie into too few elements. Is “San Andreas” stupid? Absolutely. Is it cliché? Oh yeah. Is it still pretty good? Mm-hmm.
A stupid movie can still be good. A cheesy movie can still be touching at points. A... More ›
May 27, 2015
“Tomorrowland” is a very easy movie to like … just not at first. It opens with a frame story about a flashback that jumps to a prologue in another flashback. Confused? Exactly.
It’s easy... More ›
May 20, 2015
“Mad Max” is a franchise that’s never enjoyed a No. 1 opening in America, and yet is known by virtually every moviegoer. In a genre focused on nuclear war and bomb shelters, the 80s trilogy... More ›
May 13, 2015
Marvel’s got a problem: women. The company that’s delivered Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk to the big screen needs to shape up, and now.
We’ve been pretty patient as viewers, but... More ›
May 6, 2015
Treading water. Those aren’t the words I want to write about the latest Marvel superhero movie, but the biggest problem with “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is that it gives us everything we want... More ›
April 29, 2015
“Ex Machina” is risky filmmaking centered around a very simple central idea. Caleb is a programmer working for Bluebook. It’s a search engine site like Google. He wins a trip to meet the CEO,... More ›
April 22, 2015
My grandfather has a few days left to live. My father told me that on Saturday. I felt my body tightening as we spoke. There are acting techniques to communicate closing yourself off to someone,... More ›
April 15, 2015
Nothing wants to go up against “Furious 7” in the theaters except for a predictable and dependable Nicholas Sparks adaptation like “The Longest Ride.” Theaters aren’t the only way we watch new... More ›
April 8, 2015
If you thought this franchise pushed the limits of believability before, you ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s hard to remember this close-knit crew of expert drivers got its start by hijacking truckloads... More ›
April 1, 2015
When Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her boyfriend, she wakes up to find herself tied to a wheelchair. He has something, he tells her. It follows him. Now, he’s passed it on to her. It can look... More ›
March 25, 2015
Do you think movies used to be better? Back in the ’80s maybe, or the ’50s and ’60s? You wouldn’t be alone. Everyone has their favorite era. Hindsight’s a beautiful thing -- for the most part, we only remember the best old movies we’ve seen and forget... More ›
March 18, 2015
It’s rare that an actor becomes an action star in his late 50s. Liam Neeson was hardly unknown, and he’s not among the tombstones yet, but he is getting pretty grey. To tell the truth, I was quite taken with Neeson’s latest non-stop action movie.
And... More ›
March 11, 2015
“Chappie” is absolutely everything I want to see in a science-fiction movie. It’s thick with ideas, its twists and turns fast and furious by the end of its two hours.
Let me preface this: I am not a fan of either of Neil Blomkamp’s previous films.... More ›
March 4, 2015
Horror movies are a little weird. We don’t always watch horror looking for good cinema, we watch it for effective scares. Some truly bad movies still have the ability to scare us.
“The Lazarus... More ›
February 25, 2015
You’ll have to forgive me -- insane amounts of snow and a bad flu kept me in this weekend. It does give me the opportunity to highlight an award we don’t give out at the Oscars, though. The Oscars award the best performances of the year, they don’t... More ›
February 18, 2015
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is a movie that has no idea what it wants to be. It follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a young Englander who grows up without a father. His dad sacrificed himself... More ›
February 11, 2015
Action movies are often criticized as being “color by numbers” and following the same, basic plot we’ve seen dozens of times before. What happens if you take all the color by numbers pages you... More ›