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  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2016

    I hate Hate HATE the previous Tim Burton Wonderland, and saw this dutifully as the husband of someone obsessed with all things Alice, even the lesser ones.

    So... why did I like this? Especially when it seems to be as poorly reviewed, if not worse, than the previous one?

    Looking Glass does indeed inherit many of the previous films' flaws. Depp is annoying as the Mad Hatter. Anne Hathaway is still horrible, which doesn't make sense as on paper she…

  • Sleeping Dogs Lie

    Sleeping Dogs Lie 2006

    ★★★ Watched 25 May, 2016

    Most romcoms don't have beastiality and Elvis masturbating. This one does.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2016

    I discussed this as well as LA CONFIDENTIAL and LETHAL WEAPON on The Matineecast, available on iTunes or here:

    www.thematinee.ca/episode158/

  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2016 1

    What if the friggin Neighbors sequel turns out to be more of a feminist movie than Ghostbusters?

    Since all that really matters though is if it's funny: It's funny. Maybe not as funny as the original, but Stoller is nothing if not reliable and thankfully always aware of his running time. Otherwise this is a movie I mostly only think of in bullet form:

    - The first chunk of the film is awkward as the way it moves around to…

  • How to Be Single

    How to Be Single 2016

    ★★★ Watched 21 May, 2016

    A mildly underrated film that both employs rom-com cliches but also meanders like crazy. Mileage will vary based on how well you like these ladies in other films. Coming off of A Bigger Splash, I give Dakota more credit than I would have half a year ago.

    Insanely white though, so much that Colin Jost has lines.

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential 1997

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2016

    This is a perfect film, and as a young cinephile filled the role that Chinatown probably does for a few generations older than me. I really believed that Curtis Hanson would be a big name, and for a few more movies after this, he would stay relevant, but man, was I wrong.

  • Man of the Year

    Man of the Year 2006

    ★★ Watched 21 May, 2016

    For around 20 minutes, Man of the Year is better and more relevant than it was upon release. Sure, it's meant to mirror what would happen if Jon Stewart ran for election federally, but the disuptive factor is more interesting given what is going on now, and how easily others might be swayed to the idea of unpresidentially undermining the process if it was someone they liked instead. And it retrospect, Robin Williams was the right person to cast. He's…

  • The DUFF

    The DUFF 2015

    ★★½ Watched 16 May, 2016

    I was groggy going into this and nodded off at one point for a bit. Anyhow, this was OK, trying to be a Mean Girls for this decade, and it almost gets there. That film had a lot of narration, and so did this one, but this one felt like it was using it as a narrative crutch rather than a means of getting attached to Lohan's character.

  • Hush

    Hush 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2016

    I love the cat-mouse procedural side of home invasion movies, which makes me easy to please with Hush. This is a simple straightforward little film that admittedly telegraphs its way out of trouble, but is just well made regardless. It both never fully realizes the potential of its gimmick, but it doesn't annoyingly overdo it either, which I expected.

  • The Witch

    The Witch 2015

    ★★ Watched 16 May, 2016

    Don't hate me for this rating please. This is a good looking movie and everyone is pretty good in it. But I couldn't comprehend a lot of what was being said, and I did not have subtitles available as an option for this viewing. There's also the other stuff around the hype that maybe is a bit overblown, as it's not nearly as scary or even weird as I would have hoped for (Hey, I grew up listening to Morbid…

  • Zoolander 2

    Zoolander 2 2016

    ★★½ Watched 16 May, 2016

    I really wanted everyone to be wrong. In fact, the reviews scared me out of the theater. Me, someone who went as Mugatu for Halloween only a year or so ago.

    "it's fucking stupid" as a complaint, falls on deaf ears as a critique for someone like me. There are things I liked about it, but there are some pretty easy things elswhere I would identify as roadblocks to laughter or even smiling in appreciation.

    The biggest would be that,…

  • Where to Invade Next

    Where to Invade Next 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2016

    A pleasant surprise. Won't change anyone's minds about Moore, and the parts that are meant to be anger-inducing thus may fall on deaf ears. Most of us are wise to Moore's playbook by now. But the stuff focusing on what other nations are doing right are pretty easy to take at face value, and are to be envied even if one were to shit all over countless other things about their home.

    PS - it borrows a bit of score…