Movie Review: "Keanu" B- April 29, 2016
Fans of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's eponymous sketch show will not be surprised to learn that their movie, "Keanu," feels like a sketch -- a funny one, sure, but less and less so the longer it goes on.
Movie Review: "Mother's Day" F April 28, 2016
The Internet doesn't have enough space for me to describe all the ways that "Mother's Day" is bad, so I will have to be selective about what I include. Note that this already makes me better than the movie, which included everything.
Movie Review: "Sing Street" A- April 28, 2016
Boy meets girl; boy likes girl; boy starts band to impress girl. It's a story as old as time, and "Sing Street" -- an exuberant musical from "Once" writer-director John Carney -- tells it gracefully, with warm humor and a touch of bittersweet nostalgia. Music makes life better, the movie says. And if it doesn't, it at least makes life SEEM better, and maybe that's good enough.
Movie Review: "The Huntsman: Winter's War" D April 26, 2016
"The Huntsman: Winter's War" is one of THOSE movies, the kind that are very trendy right now, where we start with a narrator saying, "You think you know this story, BUT YOU DON'T! There is a whole different story that you've never seen, because we just made it up!" And then you watch, and it actually is like a lot of stories that you've seen before, and you think: Why is life so full of deception and despair?
Eric's Blog April 22, 2016
The only new wide release this weekend is "The Huntsman: Winter's War" (D), an unsolicited sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman." It's bad -- uninspired, bland, pointless. We reviewed it on Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider, and I'll write a review soon, but in the meantime, there you go.
Movie Review: "The Invitation" B+ April 22, 2016
[In theaters and Video on Demand.]
Movie Review: "Green Room" A- April 21, 2016
One of the occupational hazards of being a young, struggling punk band is that sometimes the roadhouse where you've booked a gig turns out to be a den of Nazi skinheads. "Green Room" starts with that uncomfortable arrangement ("Don't talk politics," advises the guy who set it up) and descends from there into expertly crafted cold-sweat terror. The first time I saw it, I hardly breathed. The second time I saw it, I was alarmed to discover that already knowing what was going to happen didn't help.
Movie Review: "Elvis & Nixon" B+ April 20, 2016
No doubt you've seen the famous 1970 photo of President Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley shaking hands in the Oval Office, which was just about as incongruous a coupling of rock 'n' roll and the Establishment as anyone could have imagined at the time. What on earth did they have to talk about? Who arranged the meeting? And why?
Movie Review: "Standing Tall (French)" B April 19, 2016
"Standing Tall" ("La Tete Haute") begins in the office of a French family court judge, where a frazzled, uneducated young mother struggles to explain over the wails of her baby son why her other son, 6-year-old Malony, is such a miscreant at school that the courts had to get involved. But she doesn't know why he acts this way, and she can't take it anymore. She leaves the boy in the judge's office and stomps out, defeated. Malony, who's been playing quietly in the corner the whole time, looks up at the commotion and sheds a single tear.
The last 60 days:
- 10 Cloverfield Lane A-
- Barbershop: The Next Cut B-
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice C-
- The Boss C
- The Bronze C+
- Criminal (2016) C+
- Elvis & Nixon B+
- Green Room A-
- Hardcore Henry D
- Hello, My Name Is Doris B+
- The Huntsman: Winter's War D
- Hush B+
- The Invitation B+
- The Jungle Book B-
- Keanu B-
- London Has Fallen C
- Meet the Blacks D+
- Midnight Special B
- Mother's Day F
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 C
- Pee-wee's Big Holiday B-
- Sing Street A-
- Standing Tall (French) B
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot B
- Zootopia B+