Serenity

Release: Friday, January 25, 2019 →Theater Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Steven Knight This won’t be an exact science, but I don’t plan to see a movie worse than Serenity the rest of this year. Someone deliver me from the temptation to go on an excessive rant here. From the writer/director of the brilliantly ergonomic thriller Locke (2014) comesContinue reading “Serenity”

Why Him?

Release: Friday, December 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: John Hamburg; Ian Helfer Directed by: John Hamburg My biggest gripe with Why Him? It’s actually not that it represents yet another painfully unfunny Christmas comedy. Well, it kind of is. I’m dismayed more because it is a painfully unfunny Christmas comedy starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston. Bryan Cranston! AlsoContinue reading “Why Him?”

London Has Fallen

Release: Friday, March 4, 2016 [Netflix] Written by: Creighton Rothenberger; Katrin Benedikt; Christian Gudegast; Chad St. John Directed by: Babak Najafi London Has Fallen was a theatrical release I happened to miss out on and I am glad for having saved that money. Buying a bag of crack cocaine (which is what I did) would have been a betterContinue reading “London Has Fallen”

The Disappointments Room

Release: Friday, September 9, 2016 [Theater] Written by: D.J. Caruso; Wentworth Miller Directed by: D.J. Caruso I would be more upset about the way this anti-thrilling psychological thriller turned out but I brought this upon myself. I knew what Rotten Tomatoes had said about it. I knew no one was talking about it. No one was in theContinue reading “The Disappointments Room”

Special Correspondents

Release: Friday, April 29, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Ricky Gervais Directed by: Ricky Gervais  I’m suspicious of any movie that literally ends with the line “This is like the end of a movie.” While exemplary of the meta flavor of comedy that’s been en vogue since at least the mid-2000s, that line is also symptomatic of aContinue reading “Special Correspondents”

The Do-Over

Release: Friday, May 27, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Kevin Barnett; Chris Pappas Directed by: Steven Brill I will never be duped by another Adam Sandler movie again. I will never be duped by another Adam Sandler movie again. I will never be duped by another Adam Sandler movie again. I will never be duped by another Adam SandlerContinue reading “The Do-Over”

The Brothers Grimsby

Release: Friday, March 11, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen; Phil Johnston; Peter Baynham Directed by: Louis Leterrier There’s something about Sacha Baron Cohen that really makes you feel like a complete idiot. He’s become really good at that because here I went, blinded by my own boredom, to a screening where I was the only viewerContinue reading “The Brothers Grimsby”

Race

Release: Friday, February 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Joe Shrapnel; Anna Waterhouse Directed by: Stephen Hopkins No sports film is strictly a celebration of athleticism. Tethered to that name or group of names is the burden of understanding, not of themselves — the athlete knows specifically what he or she is — but rather that their actions represent aContinue reading “Race”

Death in the Desert

Release: Friday, October 9, 2015 [online screener] Written by: John Steppling Directed by: Josh Evans This piece is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. I’d like to thank James for giving me the opportunity to give it a look! Death in the Desert is yet another film about the failure that is Las Vegas, notContinue reading “Death in the Desert”

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Release: Friday, December 12, 2014 [Theater] Written by: Adam Cooper; Bill Collage; Jeffrey Caine; Steven Zaillian  Directed by: Ridley Scott Often I feel that I am needlessly ambiguous with what I’m trying to say in past reviews, but here I have this concern I am going to be too overt. The great Ridley Scott — yes, the oneContinue reading “Exodus: Gods and Kings”