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Review: VACATION Is A Trip Worth Taking

Vacation, a continuation of sorts from the series of National Lampoon associated flicks from the 80s and 90s, is far better than it has any right to be. The trailer, for one, looked appalling - a series of hackneyed jokes... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY, A Well-Built Kit

Piece by piece, A LEGO Brickumentary builds a cohesive look the history of the popular toy, and the current subcultures that have emerged around it. Technically the second "LEGO" movie in so many years, this documentary should not be mistaken for... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, Back To Basics And All The Better For It

Ethan Hunt and co. are back in a familiar yet thrilling new instalment to the Mission Impossible franchise, which sees IMF's top agent face his most formidable foe yet. Following right on cue from Mad Max: Fury Road, Rogue Nation... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: SOUTHPAW Fights Itself To A Draw

Movies about boxers enjoyed a revival in the 1970s, marked by the popularity of Rocky, a well-made tale about an underdog getting a shot at the title, and the artistry of Raging Bull, which depicted the savagery of the sport... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: PIXELS, Game Over From The Get-go

Summer blockbusters get the Happy Madison treatment in space invasion action-comedy Pixels, the most excruciating experience you shouldn't put yourself through this season. A thoroughly unconvincing action lead, Adam Sandler phones in yet another performance, but no one comes away... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: TRAINWRECK, A Decidedly Safe Ride To Coupledom

Comedienne Amy Schumer has drawn a lot of eyes (and sometimes ire) for her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, which lampoons, subverts and raises the ground under many traditional American roles women find themselves pigeonholed in at work,... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: ANT-MAN, A Cog In The Mighty Marvel Machine

It's always a bit of a danger judging a film by why it's not, or by what it could have been, versus what it actually is. This factor is made even more manifest when a beloved, fan-fav filmmaker leaves... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: THE GALLOWS, Screaming, Crying, And Dying, Yet Still Recording

The latest offering from the Blumhouse Productions factory, The Gallows comes up with two new angles to explore otherwise familiar found-footage territory. First, a good portion of the footage is presented from the point of view of a very unlikable... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: SELF/LESS Wants To Be Something More, Whatever That Means

No one in sound mind and body wants to die, and that includes Ben Kingsley in the new film by Tarsem Singh. The director made his feature debut with the visually-striking The Cell in 2000, which raised expectations for bizarre... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: TERMINATOR GENISYS, The Embodiment Of Fan Disservice

The fifth instalment of the troubled sci-fi time travel series reveals itself to be a frustrating reboot-sequel hybrid, cherry-picking iconic moments from throughout the franchise and reworking them into a confused and mostly absurd new narrative. The result is a... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: MAGIC MIKE XXL, Like A Classic Hong Kong Action Movie, Only With Strippers

As a delirious musical fantasy, Magic Mike XXL is spectacular. As a movie? Not so much. Writer/producer Reid Carolin, who also penned 2012's Magic Mike, constructs the sequel as pure fan service, dispensing with any possible distractions, such as characterizations... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: MINIONS Tickles Funnybone, But Scratches No Itch

(Nevertheless it will make.... MILLIONS!) In the increasingly vast catalog of computer-generated animated feature films, the two Despicable Me films aren't exactly considered to be top tier. Weak in story and painfully sentimental, what watchability they have is completely owned... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: TED 2 Boasts Few Laughs In Awkward Mix Of Lewd Humor And Classic Drama

Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg team up once again for Ted 2, an outing that is just as bawdy as its hit predecessor, but more scattershot, even by the standards of the mind who brought us Family Guy. Ted 2... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: DOPE, Mushy Like A Marshmellow, And All The Better For It

A sparkling reinvention of the classic coming-of-age tale, Dope feels absolutely fresh, acknowledging modern realities while cultivating ancient strengths. Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar), the film sets up its hero Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: INFINITELY POLAR BEAR Blows Hot And Cold

Proof that fine actors giving strong performances are not always enough to save a movie, Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear seems too preoccupied with its 70s period setting and zany family antics to pay more than vague lip service to... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: INSIDE OUT, Filled With Emotions

It's no small coincidence that as Pixar enters its cinematic adolescence, it showcases a film that deals with the challenges of growing up. After changing the world of animation with Toy Story, they made a meteoric rise, crafting some of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: LIVE FROM NEW YORK! Chronicles SNL... Again

Saturday Night Live doesn't exactly have a stellar track record when it comes to the big screen. Unfortunately, the new SNL retrospective Live from New York! Is only a marginal improvement to the average. There's the old saying, "comedy is... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: JURASSIC WORLD, When Brand(ed) Chaos Reigns

Jurassic Park was the event movie of my childhood. In the summer of 1993, I was 9 years old. Amidst my enthusiasm for Batman, X-Men, and all things Star Wars, I was compelled and fascinated by the world of dinosaurs.... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: LOVE & MERCY, That's What You Need Tonight

"I was sittin' in a crummy movie with my hands on my chin..."  That's not a statement in regards to the film this review is covering. Rather, it's the first line of the song of this movie's namesake. Brian Wilson's... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, Less Than What Came Before

As with the first two films in the series, Insidious: Chapter 3 delivers a very audience-friendly experience, which bolsters a tepid movie that is only occasionally effective. Writer Leigh Whannell, making his directorial debut, includes an abundance of moments intended... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
 
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