Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fails to reimagine 1991 hit

Movie Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fails to reimagine 1991 hit

Why does Emma Watson always look so deeply uncomfortable? On screen and off. Just watching her navigate through life summons up a mixture of fatigue and general anxiety. Not just because she approaches everything with an annoyed distance but also because she seems to carry the constant irritation of someone who has yards of fiberglass […]

Movie Review: Humans interfere with monster movie ‘Kong’

Movie Review: Humans interfere with monster movie ‘Kong’

“Hey, where are you going, there’s more King Kong,” pleaded a man in a satin Cubs jacket who kept mumbling to himself during the “Kong: Skull Island” screening I attended Friday. “Why? Does Godzilla show up after the credits or something?” “No, the man outside told me to stay and watch. They talk about Kong […]

Movie Review: ‘Logan’ ends Wolverine series on high note

Movie Review: ‘Logan’ ends Wolverine series on high note

Even before it was released, “Logan” received the kind of effusive “La La Land”-like praise that is hard to take seriously and actively annoying. According to early reviews, “Logan” was the best film in the Wolverine series, which is faint praise for anyone who’s ever sat through “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” or “The Wolverine.” It doesn’t […]

Movie Review: ‘Fist Fight’ full of awkward comedy

Movie Review: ‘Fist Fight’ full of awkward comedy

“Fist Fight” really wants to be a youthful, raunchy comedy in the worst way possible; if you’re not paying attention it kind of resembles one. At one point a little girl performs Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck with You” at a talent show. At another point, a guidance counselor casually discusses her attempts to bone […]

Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ has lots of high points

Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ has lots of high points

Every time a new actor is cast in the role of Batman, the nerds of the world march toward their computers and, with a sense of entitled rage, abuse the caps lock button on their keyboards until their brittle, pudgy fingers are reduced to Cheetos-stained nubs. As empty gestures go, complaining about the casting choices […]

Movie Review: ‘Rings’ a feeble attempt at scary sequel

Movie Review: ‘Rings’ a feeble attempt at scary sequel

Last summer theaters across Japan were graced with one of the most promising franchise crossovers in recent film history. Entitled “Sadako v Kayako,” the horror movie pitted the hitch-stepped girl in the well from the original version of “The Ring” against the ghostly mother-and-son duo from “The Grudge.” Boasting such instantly iconic imagery as Kayako […]

Movie Review: ‘Resident Evil’ should stick to gaming consoles

Movie Review: ‘Resident Evil’ should stick to gaming consoles

What’s the difference between the “Underworld” series and the “Resident Evil” franchise? Apart from the fact that “Resident Evil’s” audience seems to be made up of those whose contact with women mostly amounts to tweeting death threats to Anita Sarkeesian, not much. Both revolve around a one-dimensional, pleather-clad, ass-kicking protagonist fighting monsters in a world […]

Movie Review: ‘Split’ brings Shyamalan out of film-making funk

Movie Review: ‘Split’ brings Shyamalan out of film-making funk

Don’t call it a comeback. M. Night Shyamalan has been making terrible movies for years. Expectations for a Shyamalan movie are so low that the director is applauded simply for making a film that isn’t as navel-gazing and pretentious as “Lady in the Water” or as incoherent and dull as “The Last Airbender.” Although hailed […]

Movie Review: Save your money for spring instead of seeing ‘The Bye Bye Man’

Movie Review: Save your money for spring instead of seeing ‘The Bye Bye Man’

The problem with January’s film slate isn’t that almost every scheduled release is bad, it’s that almost every film released in January isn’t good. By that I mean the quality of nearly every movie exists within some nebulous twilight between bad and mediocre. The only reaction to a January movie once the closing credits start […]

Movie Review: ‘Blood Wars’ is a stretch, even for series fans

Movie Review: ‘Blood Wars’ is a stretch, even for series fans

The ideal audience for “Underworld: Blood Wars” is sitting cross-legged in the middle of the Fantasy section in a Barnes and Noble, reading a graphic novel adaptation of a Laurell K. Hamilton novel in an “I See Dumb People” T-shirt. They are also very upset that you just stepped on their floor-length pleather duster as […]

1 2 3 11