‘Café Society’ Harmless but Pointless Woody Allen dramedy

Between this, “Hail, Caesar!” and “The Nice Guys,” old-time Los Angeles is getting a lot of cinematic visits in 2016… “Café Society” is the latest film from Woody Allen and stars an ensemble cast, including Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart and Corey Stoll. In the film a young man (Eisenberg) moves to… Continue reading ‘Café Society’ Harmless but Pointless Woody Allen dramedy


‘Jason Bourne’ Too Familiar, Sloppy To Fully Enjoy

I kept thinking two things while watching this: (1) Alicia Vikander is unfairly attractive and (2) I still can’t believe that Matt Damon and “The Martian” won Best Comedy at the Globes last year… “Jason Bourne” is the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise and the first one to feature Damon since 2007’s “Ultimatum.” This… Continue reading ‘Jason Bourne’ Too Familiar, Sloppy To Fully Enjoy


‘Lights Out’ High on Production, Low on Scares

There is a world of difference between potential and reality. “Lights Out” is a horror film about a family that is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out (I know how stupid and simple that sounds but that’s honestly the best way to describe the plot). Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman… Continue reading ‘Lights Out’ High on Production, Low on Scares


‘Ghostbuster’ Not Fun Enough to Work

And so Underwhelming Summer 2016 continues. “Ghostbusters” is a reboot (not sequel) of the famed franchise and stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the four members of the titular team of paranormal hunters. Paul Feig directs and co-writes. This film has been the topic of debate since the idea was… Continue reading ‘Ghostbuster’ Not Fun Enough to Work


Very Little Tension in ‘Infiltrator’

Bryan Cranston really needs to stop being in movies that don’t deserve him… “The Infiltrator” is the true story of 1980s US Customs agent Robert Mazur (Cranston), who infiltrated (eh!) Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering organization. Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo and Amy Ryan also star as Brad Furman directs. Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston (ugh, that… Continue reading Very Little Tension in ‘Infiltrator’

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‘Ghostbusters’ Won’t Flop Because of Sexism

The 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot will come out in just a few days (in the UK, it has been released since Monday). The film has been a hot, somewhat controversial topic of conversation for upwards of three years, from “why does ‘Ghostbusters’ need a remake at all?” to “an all-woman cast? The feminists are taking over!”… Continue reading ‘Ghostbusters’ Won’t Flop Because of Sexism