All posts tagged "Studio Films Review"

  • We Are Your Friends | Review

    Fair Weather Daydreams: Joseph’s Debut Mixes Surprising Energy into Vapid SoCo Slush From its familiar yet nicely edited introductory credits, to its sweaty palmed electro...

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron | Review

    The Wrath of Bland: Whedon’s Poo Poo Platter Continues Mainstream event cinema continues to shackle box office glory and narrative familiarity to a creative deathbed...

  • Child 44 | Review

    Dirty Snow: Espinosa’s Ungainly Yet Enjoyable Soviet Era Mystery Grazing lightly over the Soviet era politics of the period and featuring a handsome, gussied up...

  • Unfriended | Review

    Face to Face: Gabriadze’s Topical Mutation of Technological Terror How effectively chilling it is may be arguable. But there’s no denying that Levan Gabriadze’s English...

  • 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...

  • Run All Night | Review

    About Last Night : Collet-Serra’s Latest Neeson Rating You may not have realized it, but while the Taken trilogy was warping its course through a series...

  • Cinderella | Review

    Bippity Boppity…Boo: Branagh’s Fairy Tale for Hire Does anyone remember when Kenneth Branagh was directing superior cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare before eventually becoming the director...

  • Chappie | Review

    iRobot: Blomkamp’s Latest Sentimentally Inclined Sci-Fi is Pleasantly Familiar Sentient technological constructs and expanding the definition of what constitutes the essence of consciousness as it...

  • 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...