• Hudson Hawk

    Hudson Hawk

    ★½

    I watched this so you don't have to. Do not let my sacrifice be in vain!

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    The Secret Life of Pets 2

    ★★

    Totally mediocre and forgettable. There's cute animals here and there to look at, though. That's always nice.

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful, deeply affecting movie about finding one's self in a changing kind of world that both is and isn't home all at once. Which sounds a bit less accessible than the movie actually is. It's a supremely watchable film, very well executed with some great cinematography and solid score, anchored by two fantastic central performances of some of the best friends you'll see on screen this year. I'm reminded a bit of last year's Blindspotting, especially given the Bay…

  • The Majestic

    The Majestic

    ★★

    Woof, what an overly maudlin picture. It shoots so far over the emotional line that it's hard not to giggle at everything that's going on, and I say this as someone who love love loves movies about old small town movie theaters and the weirdos who try to save them.

  • Heart and Souls

    Heart and Souls

    ★★½

    What a weird, misguided film. It seems to be aiming for the big-hearted whimsy and soul of an old school Frank Capra film but just feels totally off-kilter in the execution. Especially when it takes so much of the movie to get the setup going, and then a further chunk of the film actually explaining said setup. There's some good acting from all involved, and Underwood's direction is still running strong enough to at least keep the pacing up, but otherwise this movie just doesn't work.

  • Cold Turkey

    Cold Turkey

    ★★★½

    One of those deeply cynical satires that suffers in that it doesn't quite have a full grasp as to what it's supposed to be cynical *about*. It lashes out in every direction, from big business to religion to modern family life to teenage rebellion to far right wing nuts, and of course, to our driving addiction to cigarettes (a somewhat quaint concept these days, but it still works). So while there are definitely some solid gags and a very game Dick Van Dyke getting very involved in the proceedings, it ultimately feels like a turkey that's half-baked.

  • Tremors

    Tremors

    ★★★★★

    A simple little creature-feature that, quite frankly, has no business being as good as it is. Not with a concept like this. This is something that should be buried beneath all the other direct-to-DVD titles in the supermarket bargain bin, and yet it often sits proudly on many folks All Time Favorites list. It certainly does on mine.

    Because this movie flat-out rocks! It's the kind of movie that displays loads of confidence in all things big and small, whether…

  • On the Ropes

    On the Ropes

    ★★

    The Good: top notch fight scenes, well choreographed, nicely brutal, and cleanly captured for all to see.

    The bad: pretty much everything else.

    The conclusion: watch the fights on YouTube, skip the rest.

  • Possum

    Possum

    ★★★★

    I'm rather torn on this one. It plays a little too sparse for me, with a few glimpses of the plot lurking beneath that we can only infer tantalizing snatches of info from, which makes the whole thing run out slower than it probably should. And while the main actor does a fantastic job, he lingers in a detached state too often that can be very hard to read. But then, that really is the point isn't it? This collection…

  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    ★★★½

    It plays like a Korean riff on Grave Encounters, and it takes much too long to really get going (almost 2/3rds of the film have gone by before it starts getting scary), but once it ramps up there's good work here. Even with the usual batch of modern found footage tropes at play it stays fast and freaky enough to be fresh, and makes excellent use of its surroundings in the process. It doesn't get quite as creative as the aforementioned Grave movies, but it still is a lot of spooky fun.

  • Clockwise

    Clockwise

    ★★½

    Definitely a misfire here. Though it's not by lack of trying. The premise is sound, the execution is tight, John Cleese is working as good as ever... but, sadly, it's just not very funny.

  • A Good Day to Die Hard

    A Good Day to Die Hard

    ½

    A sloppy, dull, just awful mess from start to finish. A disgrace for both the series and action movies in general.