Movie Review: "Borgman (Dutch)" B+ June 20, 2014
"Borgman" is a strange movie, but its strangeness is matter-of-fact, even casual. It's not the kind of strangeness that draws attention to itself and says, "Look how strange this is!" (That's the Tim Burton method.) If you were flipping channels and saw a scene out of context, you might not realize there was anything particularly unusual about "Borgman" at all.
Eric's Blog June 15, 2014
[We've got a couple of sequels on Movie B.S. this week -- and they're good!]
Movie Review: "22 Jump Street" A- June 13, 2014
A comedy sequel (uh-oh) to a film that was based on a defunct TV show (yikes) ought to be an unwatchable disaster. That's the America I grew up in, anyway. But after the surprising non-badness of "21 Jump Street" two years ago, and the even more surprising greatness of "The LEGO Movie" not five months ago, maybe we shouldn't be surprised that the directing duo responsible for them, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, have returned with the top-to-bottom hilarious "22 Jump Street" and exceeded all expectations yet again.
Movie Review: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" B+ June 13, 2014
How do you train your dragon? With love. That was the message of a certain unexpectedly magnificent toon from 2010, and the let's-all-try-to-get-along vibe is continued in "How to Train Your Dragon 2," a worthy followup with all the heart and humor of its predecessor.
Movie Review: "Hellion" B June 13, 2014
[In theaters and Video on Demand.]
Eric's Blog June 8, 2014
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Movie Review: "Edge of Tomorrow" B+ June 6, 2014
Like many big stars, Tom Cruise doesn't usually die in his movies, so "Edge of Tomorrow" -- in which he dies early and often -- is a novelty. It's also a satisfying chunk of sci-fi entertainment, breezily but carefully directed by Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith") to be a cerebral summer spectacle.
Eric's Blog June 1, 2014
[Plus "Cold in July" and a round of Character Casserole, all on this week's Movie B.S..]
Movie Review: "A Million Ways to Die in the West" C May 30, 2014
"Family Guy" mastermind Seth MacFarlane's first movie, "Ted," a huge commercial hit in 2012, was mostly on-target but showed signs of undisciplined, "Family Guy"-esque self-indulgence. MacFarlane's followup, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" -- which he again directed and co-wrote with "FG" collaborators Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild -- unfortunately follows this pattern even further. It has a handful of laughs, about as many as a typical episode of "Family Guy." But where five or six chuckles in 22 minutes isn't a bad average, five or six chuckles spread out over 117 minutes is dismal. The bleak stretches between funny parts only serve to underscore how astonishing it is that a lightweight farce is almost two hours long in the first place.
Movie Review: "Maleficent" C- May 30, 2014
Hey, kids! How would you like to see a new version of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" that isn't animated and doesn't make any sense? Hmm? You wouldn't like that at all? Then why did we spend $200 million to make one?! You kids never appreciate anything.