Review: AS ABOVE/SO BELOW, Found-Footage Garbage In/Garbage Out

If you gain pleasure from beating yourself up for 90 minutes, have I got a movie for you! It's been 15 years since The Blair Witch Project, yet filmmakers still insist upon employing found-footage techniques as though they represent an... More »
  

Review: THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD Kills Off Errol Flynn Once And For All

There aren't enough R's in "Errol Flynn" to convey just how R-rated the actor's life truly was. It's said that Flynn, one of the most iconic Hollywood swashbucklers to ever live (his most famous work, 1938's The Adventures of Robin... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE NOVEMBER MAN, A So-So August Rush

There are only two months separating August and November, yet they couldn't be more different. August is a final bastion of heat, transitional as summer break ends and school begins. November, by contrast, is chilled fall giving way to... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: SIN CITY 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Where Broken Dreams Go To Die

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, like its sibling film 300: Rise of an Empire, is a sequel few were clamoring for. The first film from 2005 set the tone for these Frank Miller adaptations, strongly graphical with a... More »
  

Review: TO BE TAKEI Is Okay, By George

George Takei (pronounced Tak-AY, not Tak-EYE or Tak-EEE - and don't you forget it!) has a speech he often gives. It's a formal speech about the persecution his family experienced in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, that briefly... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE EXPENDABLES 3 Isn't Execrable...Mostly

"It's better than the last one!" Faint praise, perhaps, but given that Expendables films don't aim very high, it's probably praise that will be graciously accepted for The Expendables 3. Probably. It's fair to say the entire Expendables franchise... More »
  

Review: THE GIVER Tells Recycled Story In One Shade of Grey

To say that the apocalypse is the gift that keeps on giving is probably too easy and too predictable in this context, but then again, so too is The Giver. In the current age of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and umpteen... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: INTO THE STORM Comes Alive When The Wind Blows Hard

"The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind," sang Bob Dylan in the early 1960s. Fifty years later, the question is, Why would anyone want to make a new version of Twister? As someone who once stood, fascinated, in... More »
  

Review: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Chooses Not To Compete, And Succeeds

Michael Bay gets his hands on another beloved property from our childhoods, but as producer of a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature his signature influence is somewhat muted. Director Jonathan Liebesman instead delivers a superhero adventure pitched squarely at... More »
  

Review: GET ON UP Gets Down With Its Bad Self

The brand new James Brown biopic Get On Up is a mixed bag, both admirable and aggravating. It manages to wear out it's welcome with only a few bad scenes. It's both boring and totally engaging; inert while dancing up... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

It starts with the soothing sounds of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love". Waves of reverb crash over the Rhodes electric piano riff, a building crescendo vocal harmonies that lead to the plaintive lead vocal line. Thus begins our look at... More »
  

Review: AND SO IT GOES, Easy To Enjoy, Easy To Forget

Rob Reiner has gotten a bad rap. His latest film, And So It Goes, will not change that. From Reiner's very first feature, This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, the filmmaker has trafficked freely in genial, heartfelt, genuine sentimentality, as... More »
  

Review: MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, Woody Allen Still Believes

Woody Allen may not believe in God, but he does believe in magic. This much has been clear for years, at least since "Oedipus Wrecks," his entry in the 1991 anthology film New York Stories, in which a hapless magician's mother... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: HERCULES, A Pretty Good Hot Dog

Brett Ratner may have finally found his niche. Freed of a modern-day setting and any thought of realism, the director's inclination toward outlandish action takes flight almost immediately. The opening moments of Hercules are narrated efficiently; the story takes place... More »
  

Review: THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Incoherent Screams Against The System

Taking place one year after the events in 2013's The Purge but featuring a new cast of characters, The Purge: Anarchy declines to flesh out its vague premise, once again focusing its energies on a basic instinct: fight or flight.... More »
  

Review: SEX TAPE, A Comedy Strained To The Breaking Point

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel look good naked. This is an important plot point in Sex Tape, so please pay attention to their naked bodies, especially when they are having sex or trying to have sex. When they meet in... More »
  

Review: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE Rescues Spin-Off Franchise

Having not seen last summer's Disney's Planes ("From the world of Pixar's Cars!"), I went into its fast-tracked, pre-ordained, computer animated sequel with two questions: 1. What happened in the first movie? And 2., How can that possibly matter? After seeing... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and LIFE ITSELF

This week we look at the latest from the Apes franchise, as well as the lovely tribute to Roger Ebert, Life Itself.Video embedded below... More »
  

Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Doesn't Monkey Around

There will be plenty of hyperbole flung about in celebration of this film with the joy and abandon of an ape playfully lobbing his poop at an appreciative audience.Yet like the scatological simian show at your local zoo, there may... More »
  

Review: EARTH TO ECHO, An Alien Loose In Suburbia

Somewhere beneath the wreckage of its found-footage conceit, a heartfelt, 80s-style, family-friendly, science-fiction adventure lurks within Earth to Echo. Revolving around the friendship of three boys, the film seeks to recapture the moment when childhood yields to adolescence, and an... More »
  
 
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