All posts tagged "Studio Films"

  • Last Knights | Review

    About Last Knight: Kiriya’s Culture Club Reimagining of the Feudal System It’s unclear for who or for what reason Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya decided to...

  • Get Hard | Review

    The Harder They Fall: Cohen Takes Us Back To Racial Stereotypes of Yore Screenwriter Etan Cohen makes his directorial debut with Get Hard, a crass,...

  • The Gunman | Review

    The Gun Show: Morel’s Failed Fashioning of Penn Into Unlikely Action Star If anything, it’s safe to say that The Gunman, the latest film from...

  • Insurgent | Review

    Rebel Heart: Schwentke Usurps Plebeian YA Franchise In many ways, Insurgent is an easier film to watch than its 2014 predecessor, Divergent, in which we...

  • Focus | Review

    The Grift of Love: Ficarra & Requa’s Perfunctory Take on the Art of the Con Those hoping for a scintillating update on the con-artist sub-genre...

  • McFarland, USA | Review

    Personal Best: Caro Returns to Studio Filmmaking with Feel-Good Adaptation It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from New Zealand director Niki Caro, who...

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings | Review

    Death on the Nile: Scott’s Biblical Epic Unworthy of the Gods Arriving just in time for ritual slaughter is Ridley Scott’s update on the Moses...

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill | Review

    Love the Sinner: Miller & Rodriguez Bring Back Hyperstylized Noir with Mixed Results It has been almost a decade since the visually innovative Sin City...

  • The Giver | Review

    Tis Better to Give: Noyce’s Adaptation Too Little Too Late in YA Dystopic Cinema In today’s onslaught of dystopic film franchises dominated by adaptations of...

  • Mr. Majestyk | Blu-ray Review

    To recall the cinema of Charles Bronson, one can’t get far without referencing his sterling epoch in 1970s era American film, a period eclipsed mightily...

  • Into the Storm | Review

    Storm Drain of the Century: The Disaster Film Gets a Retrofit It’s unclear if there’s any real point to the rather silly conception of the...

  • Get On Up | Review

    The F in Funk: Brown’s Biopic Lodged in a White Man’s World For all the preliminary grumbling about white actors portraying Egyptians in a certain...

  • Guardians of the Galaxy | Review

    Rocket Fuelled; Gunn Pleasures Summer PG-Spot It’s the end of the world as we know it. Or so the popcorn films of the summer thus...

  • Separate Tables | Blu-ray Review

    Playwright and screenwriter Terence Rattigan was an indubitable influence on mid-century British cinema. He authored several of the era’s most notable titles, including The Browning...

  • Lucy | Review

    In the Sky With Diamonds: Besson’s Latest a Crock of Crack-pot Sci-Fi It’s rather a shame to report that Luc Besson’s latest directorial effort, Lucy,...

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | Review

    Monkey Trouble: Reeves Get a Crack at Famed Cinematic Simian Franchise It’s kind of wild to think how much cinematic mileage (now eight films and...

  • Tammy | Review

    Tammy Girl: Falcone’s Debut a Tepid Turkey Rex Reed might have been better served to save his wayward disparagements about the cinematic talents of Melissa...

  • Jersey Boys | Review

    Jersey Show: Eastwood Plays It Safe with Broadway Adaptation While it earns a great deal of credibility due to the retention of several notable cast...

  • Criterion Collection: All that Heaven Allows | Blu-ray Review

    As Laura Mulvey’s essay, “An Articulate Screen” contends, 1955’s All That Heaven Allows was “just another critically unnoticed Hollywood genre product,” the attempt for a...

  • Edge of Tomorrow | Review

    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Liman’s Simple Sci-Fi is Lean Entertainment Considerable praise is in order for director Doug Liman and a trio of screenwriters...

  • The Fault in Our Stars | Review

    Never Having to Say You’re Sorry: Boone’s Adaptation Jerks Your Tears Director Josh Boone adapts John Green’s popular 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars...

  • Maleficent | Review

    Moralificent: Stromberg’s Debut Gets a Dastard Disney Straitjacket Anticipation has been extremely high for Disney’s live action dedication to one of their most enjoyably memorable...

  • Chef | Review

    Mostly Favreau: Actor/Director’s Return to Indie Scene a Pleasant Surprise A thinly veiled allegory for Jon Favreau’s own career, whether he consciously means it to...

  • Hollywood is a Slave to Fukunaga; Hot Helmer Adds Sony’s “The Black Count” to Future Slate

    Take a filmmaker that has easily become tinseltown’s hottest commodity with a hit television series (see True Detective) and Hollywood comes calling. To some degree...

  • The Other Woman | Review

    Birds of a Feather: Cassavetes’ Brings Generic Chops to Predictable Comedy Long before the inevitable denouement of the vainglorious adulterer catalyzing the female frenzied revenge...