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”

Hellions

  Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Pascal Trottier Directed by: Bruce McDonald So if your ‘Netflix-and-chill’ night ever came down to a choice between sitting in total awkward silence and putting on a movie called Hellions, you’d be better off trying your luck with complete silence. Go ahead, make it as uncomfortable as possibleContinue reading “Hellions”

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”

Filth

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by:  Jon S. Baird Directed by: Jon S. Baird  What’s that old adage — nice guys finish last? Nice guys are also chumps. James McAvoy as Scottish Detective Sergeant Bruce Robinson added that last part. It wasn’t me. I’m not the guy bumping a line or two before work,Continue reading “Filth”

Woman in Gold

Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Alexi Kaye Campbell Directed by: Simon Curtis For a film trading in the recovery of stolen artwork at the hands of the Nazis Woman in Gold should, without necessarily resorting to graphic depiction, linger in the mind much longer than it’s going to. Simon Curtis’ suitably respectful tone and abilityContinue reading “Woman in Gold”

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”

Fifty Shades of Grey

Release: Friday, February 13, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Kelly Marcel Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson The reaction to the filmic adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey has been like a car wreck. And so here I am, craning my neck to see just how bad. Fifty Shards, excuse me — Fifty Shades of Grey — is moreContinue reading “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Release: Friday, February 20, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Josh Heald Directed by: Steve Pink I, along with six other brave souls, ended up in a theater that was playing a film titled Hot Tub Time Machine 2 because apparently the original had that kind of effect on me. I’m now doubting all kinds of things aboutContinue reading “Hot Tub Time Machine 2”