Table 19

Release: Friday, March 3, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Jay and Mark Duplass Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz This is awkward for me because Table 19, a “dramatic” comedy written by the inimitable Duplass brothers about being low-priority wedding guests seated at the least desirable table at the reception, belongs at a rejects table of its own. Awkward because I want to likeContinue reading “Table 19”

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”

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”

Frank

Release: Friday, September 5, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jon Ronson; Peter Straughan Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson Any film that strives to turn Domhnall Gleeson into a thoroughly unlikable character is one I’m uncomfortable watching. Frank is just such a film. Focusing on an aspiring musician who stumbles upon an eccentric pop band with an unpronounceable name (they call themselvesContinue reading “Frank”

While We’re Young

Release: Friday, March 27, 2015 [Theater] Written by:  Noah Baumbach Directed by: Noah Baumbach  As the tagline suggests, life never gets old but can the same be said for aggressively hipster, disingenuous characters and convoluted stories? Noah Baumbach is a director I should have written off already. What I’ve been able to gather through only two films (thisContinue reading “While We’re Young”

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”

Spare Parts

Release: Friday, January 16, 2015 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Elissa Matsueda Directed by: Sean McNamara Well-intentioned but also thoroughly cliched, Sean McNamara’s strict adherence to the inspirational Wired.com article ‘La Vida Robot’ still manages to surprise with an atypical performance from George Lopez. Lopez plays Fredi Cameron, a substitute teacher whose inexperience with the troubled Carl Hayden Community High studentContinue reading “Spare Parts”

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”

A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce)

Release: Friday, October 4, 2013 [Redbox] If ever you wanted to test the limits of your moviegoing patience and goodwill, rent a little flick by the name of Adult Children of Divorce, or A.C.O.D. for short. A nail biter, a fist-clencher, an intensely palm-sweating experience for all of the wrong reasons, first-time director Stu Zicherman’s romanticContinue reading “A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce)”