Pedestrian and as shallow as a puddle but still mildly amusing, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS is an adequate film and nothing more. Younger kids might enjoy it and the slapstick humour certainly has some charm but there isn't much going on beneath the surface to prevent adults from getting bored pretty quickly.
Illumination Entertainment has a long way to go before it can start properly rivalling Pixar.
MAGGIE'S PLAN is the first Greta Gerwig film (bar FRANCES HA) that hasn’t made me want to chew my own eyeballs out. Like every film she’s in, it’s hideously middle-class, laughably faux-intellectual (so much so that Slavoj Žižek is namechecked on multiple occasions) and full of characters who dig their own holes and then demand sympathy from the audience for the fact they’re all so awful. However, in a surprise twist, it’s also a humorous and heartfelt look at how life really is just all the things that happen while we’re busy making plans.
There are few things more awkward in this World than watching the opening credits of Carrie in the presence of your parents. Any teenage boy who has had to endure such a scenario will know just how uncomfortable it is. You just don’t know where to look! Worse still, if you’re in the boat that I was in when I first sat down to watch it, you’ve got the added dilemma of pretending that you’re enjoying it – but…
Six Things I Learned from Taken 2:
1. Randomly chucking grenades around in a crowded city is the best way of gauging someone’s location.
2. American citizens are free to kill random, innocent police officers provided one of their mates has contacts at the American Embassy.
3. Typing “US Embassy” into the GPS works every time.
4. Slamming the gearstick of a taxi down will make it go faster.
5. Albanians speak English in their own country but speak…