Movie Review: "The Best Man Holiday" C+ November 18, 2013
[CAPSULE REVIEW] Like many things you’ll be consuming in cinemas and at your dinner table over the next several weeks, “The Best Man Holiday” is warm, mushy, and underdone, yet undeniably made with love. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee (a sequel to his minor 1999 hit “The Best Man”), it’s “The Big Chill” meets Tyler Perry as upscale African-American friends reunite at Christmastime for laughter, tears, a little bit of Christianity, and a steady supply of old wounds to pick at.
Eric's Blog November 15, 2013
[This week's episode of Movie B.S. has two reviews, a game of Pitch Me, and a burp from Jeff.]
Movie Review: "Charlie Countryman" C November 15, 2013
Charlie Countryman is the kind of character Shia LaBeouf should keep playing, and "Charlie Countryman" is the sort of movie he should keep making, even if this particular one isn't very good. It suits The Beef because it's free-spirited and unconventional -- the very opposite of the "Transformers" series. And though it's overlong and hindered by thematic meandering, at least it fails in interesting ways. There was risk involved here, both for LaBeouf and for first-time director Fredrik Bond. I respect that.
Movie Review: "Last Vegas" C November 12, 2013
The best that can be said for "Last Vegas" -- a comedy about four old men cutting loose in Sin City, "Hangover"-style -- is that it's not as bad as it sounds, with only the bare minimum of jokes about Viagra and incontinence.
Movie Review: "The Broken Circle Breakdown (Flemish)" B- November 12, 2013
The familiar Christian hymn "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" asks rhetorically whether we'll see our loved ones in the afterlife. The implied answer is that of course we will: the family circle will not be broken. But that question is at the heart of "The Broken Circle Breakdown," a bittersweet, rustic-colored drama about two lovers struggling with their beliefs after their daughter is stricken with cancer.
Movie Review: "The Counselor" C+ November 12, 2013
A few Cormac McCarthy novels been turned into movies ("No Country for Old Men" and "The Road," notably), but "The Counselor" is the first time he's written something directly for the screen. Watching the film, I couldn't help but think it would work better as a book. All of the most interesting things about it are related to its words, whether in the form of quasi-philosophical speeches that several characters give, or grimly poetic dialogue like this:
Eric's Blog November 11, 2013
First, a holiday tradition...
Eric's Blog November 8, 2013
[A slightly abbreviated episode of Movie B.S., still packed with vitamins.]
Movie Review: "Thor: The Dark World" C- November 8, 2013
[CAPSULE REVIEW] I liked the first "Thor" movie, released way back in 2011, probably in part because I'd never read a Thor comic book and didn't have any investment in the character or the mythology (Marvel, not Norse). The film was a little light on action, but I didn't mind because it was so cheerful and funny. The sequel, "Thor: The Dark world," is a thudding misfire, a watered-down and uneven offspring of that first film. It still has characters who serve no real plot function -- lookin' at you, Darcy (Kat Dennings) -- but who now aren't funny, either. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his mortal beloved, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), produce so few sparks as a couple that it's hard to buy their love as something worth traversing the universe for. And the action, directed this time by TV stalwart Alan Taylor, is tepid and unengaging.
Movie Review: "Go for Sisters" B November 8, 2013
Few filmmakers are more legitimately "independent" than John Sayles, who has now written and directed 18 features since 1979 ("Return of the Secaucus Seven") without studio backing. His latest, the affable character drama "Go for Sisters," while not an outstanding or distinctive achievement, is a perfectly good addition to the Sayles filmography, energized by three central performances that have a lived-in, likable vibe to them.
The last 60 days:
- About Time A-
- All Is Lost A-
- The Best Man Holiday C+
- Black Nativity B-
- Blue Is the Warmest Color (French) B
- The Broken Circle Breakdown (Flemish) B-
- Carrie B
- Charlie Countryman C
- The Counselor C+
- Delivery Man D
- Ender's Game C
- Escape Plan B-
- Go for Sisters B
- Haunter B
- Homefront C
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire B
- Kill Your Darlings B-
- Last Vegas C
- Philomena A-
- Thor: The Dark World C-