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?”

Rules Don’t Apply

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Warren Beaty Directed by: Warren Beaty Toothaches. Internet trolls. Airport pat-downs. These are but a few things that grate on the nerves less than Warren Beaty’s new film. In Rules Don’t Apply, an ambitious driver tries to make it with a devout Baptist and aspiring actress who in turn tries to make itContinue reading “Rules Don’t Apply”

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Release: Friday, October 21, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Michael LeSieur Directed by: Greg Mottola For those who have been keeping track, Keeping Up with the Joneses is the second Zach Galifianakis film to be released in as many months, and it too is terrible. It too is a silly film, a very, very silly film. What’s worse is thatContinue reading “Keeping Up with the Joneses”

Masterminds

Release: Friday, September 30, 2016  [Theater] Written by: Chris Bowman; Hubbel Palmer; Emily Spivey Directed by: Jared Hess Masterminds didn’t need to be masterfully made to be effective, but a little discipline could have gone a long way. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), the film is a comedic dramatization of the October 1997 Loomis Fargo bank robbery thatContinue reading “Masterminds”

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”

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Release: Friday, May 20, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Nicholas Stoller; Andrew Jay Cohen; Brendan O’Brien; Evan Goldberg; Seth Rogen Directed by: Nicholas Stoller Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have the worst luck when it comes to suburban living. Last time they were fighting tooth and nail to keep their sanity when a hard-partying fraternity, led by a half-nakedContinue reading “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”

Daddy’s Home

Release: Christmas Day 2015 [Theater] Written by: Sean Anders; Brian Burns; John Morris Directed by: Sean Anders Will Ferrell may not yet be suffering late-stage DeNiro, but if he’s not careful he can still emasculate his career if he keeps up the habit of portraying people who get off on being abused by everyone else in the movie. He needs toContinue reading “Daddy’s Home”

Kill Me Three Times

Release: Friday, April 10, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: James McFarland Directed by: Kriv Stenders Simon Pegg embraces his inner baddie and Kill Me Three Times is somewhat better because of it. ‘Somewhat’ is the operative word here as Pegg, even in a killer role (e-hem), isn’t enough to make the film worth watching. Too choppily paced to be considered an intentionalContinue reading “Kill Me Three Times”

Get Hard

Release: Friday, March 27, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Etan Cohen; Jay Martel; Ian Roberts Directed by: Etan Cohen It speaks to the talents of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart that Get Hard gets funny at all. This is easily one of the most racist and homophobic movies I’ve ever had the displeasure of reviewing. I’d like to clearContinue reading “Get Hard”