All posts tagged "Studio Films Review"

  • 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...

  • Fifty Shades of Grey | Review

    Ties That Bind: Taylor-Johnson’s Erotic Adaptation Forgoes a Glimpse of Eros Playful marketing provocations, heralded by the succinct tagline “Curious?” standing out beneath black and...

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service | Review

    Eggsy’s Game: Vaughn’s Hyperviolent Reinterpretation of the Super Spy Caper While a release in February doesn’t speak highly of Twentieth Century Fox’s hopes for the...

  • Jupiter Ascending | Review

    Space Princess Diaries: Wachowski’s Space Adventure is Intergalactic Hooey Those craving the intelligent sci-fi that graced their early 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix are sure...

  • Spare Parts | Review

    Parts Per Nil: McNamara Family Value Aesthetic Lessens Impact of Immigration Issues As we meander through the opening credits of Sean McNamara’s Spare Parts, we...

  • Taken 3 | Review

    Taken a Break: Megaton’s Slurpy Finish Brings Euro Schlock to L.A. It should surprise no one that Taken 3 is a laughable, sometimes downright embarrassing...

  • Unbroken | Review

    Run Rabbit Run: Jolie’s Grimly Serious POW Reenactment Beautifully, if sometimes too glossily mounted, Angelina Jolie’s sophomore effort as a director, Unbroken, is too poker...

  • Selma | Review

    Turnin’ the Beat Around: DuVernay’s Poignant, Passionate MLK Portrait Revitalizes Notions of Biopic Eschewing what’s come to resemble a traditional route in downplaying both the...

  • The Gambler | 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...

  • 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 Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

    An Expected Finale: Jackson Brings Tolkien Saga to Thankful End Upon reaching the end of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy with the third and final installment, renamed The Hobbit:...

  • Inherent Vice | 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...

  • 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...

  • Black or White | Review

    Black to Basics: Binder’s Safely Bland Racial Message Movie The latest film from actor/director/screenwriter Mike Binder, Black or White presents us with the possibility of...

  • 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...

  • 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...