Eric D. Snider

Movie Review: "The Man Who Knew Infinity" C+ May 5, 2016

Indeed, the math biopic is textbook-like

Biopics in general have fallen into a rut of rote storytelling and a textbook-like recitation of facts, but the direst subsection has got to be biopics about scientists and mathematicians. Movies about athletes, actors, musicians, and statesmen at least have their public performances, political victories, or personal sordidness with which to entertain us. But scientists, unless they were totally bonkers or otherwise fascinating, tend to have precious little in their biographies to inspire anything more than admiration.

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Eric's Blog April 29, 2016

Friday movie roundup - April 29

Reviews! Piping hot reviews! Get 'em while they're piping and/or hot! I will list them in order from best to worst:

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Movie Review: "Keanu" B- April 29, 2016

No kitten: this feels like a long skit

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.

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Movie Review: "Mother's Day" F April 28, 2016

Take your mom to see it, if you hate her

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.

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Movie Review: "Sing Street" A- April 28, 2016

See this one and your joy will be Dublin

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.

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Movie Review: "The Huntsman: Winter's War" D April 26, 2016

Snow White kicked out of her own story

"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?

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Eric's Blog April 22, 2016

Friday movie roundup - April 22

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.

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Movie Review: "The Invitation" B+ April 22, 2016

Friends gather for some food, paranoia

[In theaters and Video on Demand.]

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Movie Review: "Green Room" A- April 21, 2016

Never, ever perform at a skinhead bar

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.

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Movie Review: "Elvis & Nixon" B+ April 20, 2016

The day that the King met the President

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?

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