Tag: 2- stars

Suicide Squad (2016)

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Suicide Squad (2016)

It may be just the nature of the premise itself, but Suicide Squad feels oddly scummy.  There’s a pall of filth and grime that seems to permeate this movie not just from the production design but from the characters themselves.  Watching the movie you feel like you’re hanging out with a bunch of prison lifers […]

| August 12, 2016
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Nerve (2016)

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Nerve (2016)

Nerve is a safe, tepid treatment of a subject that is so current you’d swear the movie was made only yesterday.  It’s about our all-consuming obsession with apps and online games that arrives just at the moment when half of the country is mired in ‘Pokémon Go‘ and the other half wishes they’d just put […]

| July 26, 2016
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2013)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2013)

Do you remember that scene in Crocodile Dundee where Mick sees a TV in his hotel room and tells his companion that he’s only seen television once?  He then turns on the set and sees “I Love Lucy” and says “Yup, that’s what I saw.”  That’s kind how I feel about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: […]

| June 3, 2016
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The Intern (2015)

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The Intern (2015)

The Intern is like a stack of pancakes. It’s warm, sweet and leaves you with a touch of a belly ache. You are, no doubt, drawn in by the casting and who could resist a movie that brings together Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway? They’re the best actors of their respective generations, but – […]

| September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Maps to the Stars (2015)

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Maps to the Stars (2015)

The idea of David Cronenberg taking a jaded look at Hollywood seems irresistible, especially considering the themes of his work. He’s a gonzo artist whose films are always about the bizarre and the grotesque – he made The Fly, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, Videodrome and The Dead Zone. The very idea that he […]

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The DUFF (2015)

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The DUFF (2015)

The hurt on Bianca’s face is appropriate the day she is informed by an otherwise good friend that her place in the high school pecking order is to be “The DUFF” – The Designated Ugly Fat Friend, meaning that she is the friend that other girls keep around to make themselves look more attractive. “It’s […]

| February 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

It is sort of a sad commentary that Fifty Shades of Grey is threatening to become the perennial erotica of the 21st century. At a time when nudity and four-letter words have slipped onto basic cable and the internet provides free porn 24/7, here is a commercial product that offers steamy sex that is – […]

| February 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Whatever faults the Wachowski siblings may have as filmmakers, lack of ambition is not one of them. Even when they’re not at the top of their game their films are always brimming with big ideas and a lot of visual splendor. This has earned them a well-deserved cult following, even when their films don’t completely […]

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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