All posts tagged "Studio Films Review"

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 | Review

    The Games They Play: Collins’ YA Dystopia Trudges On and On As is now customary in the designed business model of franchise movie making, the...

  • Big Eyes | Review

    Soul Windows: Burton Returns to the Biopic with Flagging Interest Long judged as a director clearly intent on recycling the same motif, themes, and styles,...

  • The Gambler | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

    Kens and Dolls: Wyatt Revamps Toback Prose for the Plastic Age Working steadfastly against the success of Rupert Wyatt’s up-do of The Gambler, which was...

  • Inherent Vice | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

    The Vice is Right: Anderson’s Inherently Incoherent Pynchon Trip For his seventh film, auteur Paul Thomas Anderson stakes a claim as the first filmmaker to...

  • Interstellar | Review

    Don’t Let’s Ask For the Moon: Nolan’s Space Opera for the Ages At last divorcing himself from the omnipotent shadows of Batman, director Christopher Nolan’s...

  • Stonehearst Asylum | Review

    Crazy in Love: Anderson’s Gothic Sprinkled Romance Deserves to be Tarred and Feathered Fresh off the surprise box office success of 2013’s Halle Berry headlined...

  • Fury | Review

    This Time, It’s War: Ayer’s Latest Depiction of Men Under Fire At last leaving behind the pulpy, sometimes overly chewy cop action/dramas he’s been churning...

  • Dracula Untold | Review

    Play It Again, Vlad: Shiner’s Debut Attempts to Reboot Legendary Monster It’s a bit hard on the undead when you shackle their malevolent natures into...

  • The Judge | Review

    I Never Served Time For My Father: Dobkins’ Middling Melodrama Groaning beneath the weight of its desperate grandstanding for awards consideration, David Dobkins’ The Judge...

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | Review

    Privilege Parable: Arteta’s Trifling Adaptation of Famed Children’s’ Novel Perhaps the most curious aspect of the live action Disney version of Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s...

  • Annabelle | Review

    Rosemary’s Scabies: Leonetti Does His Best James Wan Impression Sure to take its place on future lists of cinematographer’s unfortunate attempts at directing, John R....

  • The Maze Runner | Review

    Mazed and Confused: Ball’s Lusterless Debut Another Dystopic YA Derivative Pretty teenagers that survive the apocalypse are sure going to have it tough. Or maybe...

  • This is Where I Leave You | Review

    This is Where I Judge You: In the Great Well of Family Drama, Levy Is Dry Based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Tropper, who...

  • As Above So Below | Review

    Devil in Distress: The Dowdle Bros. Spelunk Their Way to Hell Known as acolytes of fallen angel M. Night Shyamalan, the output of the Dowdle...

  • The November Man | Review

    Sweet, Silly November: Donaldson’s Espionage Thriller is Overbaked Starting out with a standard template of flourishes one can find in any number of garden variety...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...