Tag: one-and-a-half

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is the most obnoxious film you’ll see all year. It’s loud, dumb, incoherent and endless. And yet, while it’s nearly identical to its predecessors it’s not nearly as bad. That is to say, while it still numbs your mind with explosions your mind comes to expect it. This fourth […]

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Moms’ Night Out (2014)

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Moms’ Night Out (2014)

There are no laughs in Moms’ Night Out.  None.  Nada.  Zilch.  Zero.  Bupkis.  Maybe there’s a smile, but that’s not exactly high praise.  When you can say that about a comedy, it pretty much empties out the entire picture.  Here’s a movie in which the only comic highpoint is a shout-out to Pinterest – it […]

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Devil’s Knot (2014)

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Devil’s Knot (2014)

Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot is wholly unnecessary.  Here is a fictionalized recreation of the brutal 1993 murders of three elementary school boys from West Memphis, Arkansas that has already been documented to death, first in Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s brilliant 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and then in […]

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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August: Osage County (2013)

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August: Osage County (2013)

August: Osage County is a miserable experience.  For all it’s incredible acting talent, the story is a family drama about people so petty and hateful that sitting at their dinner table is like being on a crowded bus with a bunch of mean drunks.  Trailers for this movie would have you assume that this is […]

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

There are few things more boring than sitting through a historical biopic written by a screenwriter who can’t find a narrative stream of history other than to turn it into a choppy highlight reel; second only to that is history that treads safe, uncomplicated, unchallenging waters. Lee Daniels’ The Butler suffers under the weight of […]

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Lovelace (2013)

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Lovelace (2013)

Let’s face it, the world wasn’t exactly missing a biopic about Linda Lovelace, the  former actress who made her immortality in 1972 by becoming the star of “Deep  Throat” the most profitable adult film in the history of the medium. Digging around in the trash of a celebrity has a certain level of titillation, but […]

| August 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Only God Forgives (2013)

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Only God Forgives (2013)

There’s a moment, a very tiny moment, in “Only God Forgives” that is a reminder of energy of the old Chuck Norris movies. The American named Julian faces down the older Chinese man who bears the unsettling nickname “The Avenging Angel.” They stand in a large open room, prepared for a mano-a-mano. There’s fierceness in […]

| July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The Lone Ranger (2013)

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The Lone Ranger (2013)

Hey you, Silver . . . go aw-a-a-a-y! Are cowboy movies relevant anymore?  In an era that covets Batman, Iron Man, Superman, Thor and The Avengers, is there really room for a dusty, out-of-date property like The Lone Ranger?  Will kids care about a lawman of the old west?  Calling it dusty and out-of-date might […]

| July 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
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