Eric D. Snider

Movie Review: "Sex Tape" C July 24, 2014

Step away from the iPad, you total morons

"Sex Tape" is like an episode of a filthy sitcom that was stretched from 22 minutes to 94 even though they barely had 22 minutes' worth of story. Starring a slimmed-down Jason Segel and a very game Cameron Diaz, it centers on a workable premise: what if you filmed yourself doin' it and then accidentally uploaded the video to the Internet? What would you do? But screenwriter Kate Angelo ("The Back-Up Plan"), with assists by Segel and his regular collaborator Nicholas Stoller, doesn't seem to have pondered the question any further than that. The answer is that everybody runs around screaming and flailing their arms (figuratively, but also sometimes literally), coming up with panicky, last-second lies, and ranting about the Cloud the way people 30 years ago ranted about arcade games (and with a similar level of understanding of how they work).

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Movie Review: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" B July 20, 2014

Animals become human, and vice versa

The surprisingly robust prequel "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ended with a few dozen chimps, gorillas, and such escaping into the forests near San Francisco after being dosed with a drug that made them super intelligent (for apes). Over time, these animals will evolve into the Statue of Liberty-destroying, Heston-bedeviling dominant species we know from the "Planet of the Apes" movies of the '60s and '70s. But as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" picks up the story, 10 years after "Rise," humans are still technically in charge, and the apes are still learning what they themselves are capable of.

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Eric's Blog July 19, 2014

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #219: 'The Purge: Anarchy,' 'Sex Tape,' more

[There's a new "Planes" movie too, but Movie B.S. refused to dignify it by watching it.]

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Movie Review: "Wish I Was Here" D+ July 18, 2014

Unemployed actor fails to learn lessons

I doubt I'm the only person who loved Zach Braff's "Garden State" in 2004 but has been hesitant to watch it again for fear it won't hold up. It spoke to a particular demographic at a particular time. I'm no longer at that stage of life, and it's no longer 2004, and it's possible "Garden State" would strike me now the way it struck its detractors then: twee, precious, quirky, and slap-worthy.

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Eric's Blog July 12, 2014

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #218: 'DOTPOTA,' 'Snowpiercer,' 'Land Ho,' etc.

[We took a week off to accommodate Jeff's move to San Diego (such a diva), but Movie B.S. is back now as if nothing ever happened.]

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Movie Review: "Land Ho!" B- July 11, 2014

Two old friends on an Icelandic road trip

The Hollywood version of "Land Ho!" would star Alan Arkin and Michael Caine, be loud and grating, have a hundred Viagra references, and make $150 million. The real version, an unassuming little comedy about two old-timers taking a road trip across Iceland, stars two men you've never heard of, is charming and quiet, and will make a maximum of twelve dollars. That's just how life works, and we have to accept it.

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Movie Review: "Obvious Child" B+ July 2, 2014

The best abortion comedy of the summer

You can say it's reductive to call "Obvious Child" an "abortion comedy," and there's certainly more to the film than that. It's also a modern reshuffling of the romantic comedy, and a showcase for the talented Jenny Slate, a sweet-and-salty comic actress whose most prominent work to date has been a year on "SNL."

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Movie Review: "Snowpiercer" B+ July 2, 2014

The passengers in coach are revolting

[In theaters and Video on Demand.]

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Movie Review: "Begin Again" C July 2, 2014

A phony movie about artistic integrity

Surely you remember "Once," that lovely indie drama from 2007 about the Irish guy and the Czech girl who connected through music, and who eventually sang their pretty song at the Oscars. Remember how sweet and plainspoken the film was, how its raw, micro-budget sensibility was so endearing? John Carney, its writer and director, remembers, and has tried unsuccessfully to duplicate the magic with the aptly named "Begin Again."

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Eric's Blog June 29, 2014

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #217: Our favorites of 2014 (so far)

[This week's Movie B.S. has a lot of me and Jeff reminiscing on account of he's moving. But the show will go on!]

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