This is what people mean when they talk about Disneyfication.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day remains a beloved children's book that's unique due to its utter lack of fluff. Alexander has a negative adjective-inducing day where nothing goes right. It's tied up with the penultimate line, "My mom says some days are like that." The end. It's a lesson to kids that sometimes life is just disappointing. That's it. So, naturally, Disney took that important…
St. Vincent tells a rather familiar cinematic tale: The grumpy old shut-in befriends a plucky young kid, and as unlikely as their pairing seems at first, they both end up teaching each other a little something about life. Only St. Vincent opens with said old man getting it on with a pregnant foreign prostitute. That may be a clue that this dark comedy isn't the archetypal paint-by-numbers, feel-good story.
Bill Murray stars as the titular Vincent, a broke, alcoholic, degenerate,…
Rule number one of Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Go in with a blank slate. Don't read message boards or watch clips. Avoid it all. While it could've been another paint-by-numbers installment in the Avengers franchise, the movie instead fires off unexpected twists at a blistering clip that ultimately shifts the paradigm of Marvel's cinematic universe. It's a blockbuster thrill ride best experienced with a mind clear of information.
Skirting around the basics without giving anything away: Unsurprisingly, Captain America…
"Crazy? This is obscene."
With those four short words, Rob Reiner (as Max Belfort) delivers the perfect summation of The Wolf of Wall Street. Martin Scorsese's satirical adaptation of a memoir by Jordan Belfort, who rose from Long Island penny-stock swindler to shady Wall Street power player with his brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, is so over the top, it risks becoming what it sets out to mock. But it's a spectacle of opulence that demands to be seen.