Movie Reviews

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 […]

Movie Review: ‘Passengers’ bland and weak plot makes this one to see as a last resort

Movie Review: ‘Passengers’ bland and weak plot makes this one to see as a last resort

The screenplay for “Passengers” first appeared on The Black List – an annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays conducted by studio and production company executives – way back in 2007. Throughout those nine years, Keanu Reeves, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel McAdams and Marc Forster – the director of “Quantum of Solace” – have been attached […]

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

On the big screen: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Sing’ just some movies debuting this holiday weekend

In theaters: WHY HIM? — Over the holidays, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend. With Bryan Cranston and James Franco. R, 111 minutes ASSASSIN’S CREED — Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his […]

Movie Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is weirdly and awkwardly enjoyable

Movie Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is weirdly and awkwardly enjoyable

Christmas is a difficult day to get through. There’s a lot of build-up, the fun part is over quicker than expected and the rest of the time is filled with forced small talk, disappointment and awkward silence. But this Christmas was made a little less awkward and disappointing with the release of “Assassin’s Creed,” an […]

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