rummy June 30

The Unknown Known (2013)

Filmmaker Errol Morris has said of his interview with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that it was one of the strangest interviews he’s ever done. The 2013 documentary The Unknown Known explores this conversation and effectively proves Morris right by focusing on his subject’s effusive predisposition to “muddy the waters.” Check out the rest of […]

raid2 June 28

The Raid 2 (2014)

A scintillating, brutal crime action epic, The Raid 2 expands the “lean, mean delight” revealed in 2011’s The Raid: Redemption and builds one hell of a cracking yarn. Gareth Evans’ picture shares a lot with classic Asian crime films like A Better Tomorrow and Infernal Affairs, but the addition of Indonesian martial arts sets this […]

grudge1 June 27

Grudge Match (2013)

A lazy stack of clichés, Grudge Match could have been a contender but it winds up missing almost all of its punches. Directed by Peter Segal from a screenplay by Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman, this 2013 “sports comedy” mines the past of its two stars to insignificant if not uncomfortable effect.

casino1 June 26

Bondmania: Casino Royale (2006)

Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale is actually the third adaptation of the book of the same name by Ian Fleming. This 2006 picture is considered a reboot of the James Bond series and is the first movie to feature Daniel Craig as 007. It features a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis and […]

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The Raid: Redemption (2011)

A frenetic, intense, often brutal action movie, The Raid: Redemption is a fascinating piece of work. Directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Huw Evans, this 2011 film explores the Indonesian martial arts known collectively as pencak silat. It helps that star Iko Uwais is an energetic, dynamic presence.

themissingpicture June 20

The Missing Picture (2013)

Directed and written by Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh, The Missing Picture is a fascinating and creative documentary. This 2013 picture was the Cambodian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and secured the nomination. It also scooped the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes. Check out the rest of this review at The Missing Picture […]

bond June 19

Bondmania: Die Another Day (2002)

The 20th entry in the James Bond canon is a letdown, but not entirely. On one hand, Lee Tamahori’s Die Another Day features a compelling relationship between 007 and the supervillain. Its first half is entertaining for the most part and Pierce Brosnan once again gamely fleshes out the role. On the other hand, almost […]

million1 June 14

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

There’s a scene in A Million Ways to Die in the West when Seth MacFarlane’s character delivers a joke and walks out of frame only to re-enter to explain said joke. This is supposed to be riotously funny and self-aware, but it’s really indicative of the simplistic, banal path this self-indulgent 2014 comedy western takes.

gunpoint1 June 14

Gunpoint (1966)

Directed by Earl Bellamy, the 1966 western Gunpoint is the last in a series of seven genre pictures actor Audie Murphy made with producer Gordon Kay. The flicks were generally low budget and had very similar plotlines. Gunpoint is no different. It was made in less than a month and cost a song.

blended1 June 13

Blended (2014)

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore pair up for the third time with 2014’s Blended, an antiquated comedy that mines the broad appeal of the former and relies on the warmth of the latter to get by. This picture is directed by Frank Coraci, who worked with Barrymore and Sandler on the delightful 1998 rom-com The […]

worldnot June 12

Bondmania: The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Pierce Brosnan’s third outing as James Bond is The World Is Not Enough. This 1999 picture is directed by Michael Apted with a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein. While GoldenEye pulled 007 into the modern era and Tomorrow Never Dies was a contemporary thriller, The World Is Not Enough is a […]

teenage_mutant_ninja_turtles_film_collection_leonardo_raphael_01 June 11

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

The first film adaptation of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which debuted in 1984, came with Steve Barron’s 1990 effort. The live action movie features several elements from the television series, but the storyline and feel are straight from Eastman and Laird’s volumes.

anchorman2 June 08

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Sometimes, as was the case with Grown Ups 2, a self-indulgent “buddy” project can be catastrophic. But sometimes, as is the case with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the top-tier jokes outweigh the middling material and the end results are quite satisfying.

breaker1 June 06

Breaker! Breaker! (1977)

Directed by Don Hulette with a screenplay by Terry Chambers, Breaker! Breaker! is one of Chuck Norris’ first pictures. He was featured in Bruce Lee’s 1972 Way of the Dragon and turned up in Lo Wei’s Slaughter in San Francisco as the one and only Chuck Slaughter, but Breaker! Breaker! is his first starring role.

tomorrow June 05

Bondmania: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, Tomorrow Never Dies is one of the sleeker, more intelligent entries in the James Bond canon. It’s the first 007 movie to be made after the passing of Albert R. Broccoli. Michael G. Wilson and Cubby’s daughter Barbara handle production duties instead, while the screenplay is by Bruce Feirstein.

adamshit June 04

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Grown Ups 2 isn’t a good movie. The sequel to Dennis Dugan’s 2010 original features a star-studded cast and preaches to the same choir, using crowd-pleasing raunchiness alongside crowd-pleasing schmaltz to disjointed effect.

thelegomovie June 03

The Lego Movie (2014)

Bright, clever and sometimes nearly subversive, The Lego Movie is an animated feature that manages to exceed its many opportunities for marketing tie-ins. This 2014 movie is a fully-functioning machine, creating a world of interlocking bricks that ventures well beyond expectations.

foreigner1 May 31

The Foreigner (2003)

South African director Michael Oblowitz helms the terrible direct-to-video affair The Foreigner. Steven Seagal is the lead in this action thriller, while a cast of non-descript performers with terrible accents make up the balance. But it’s Oblowitz who deserves the lion’s share of the blame for how awful this movie is.

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Last Vegas (2013)

There is perhaps no more pathetic creature on the planet than an old man clinging to scraps of his youth. Last Vegas, languidly directed by John Turteltaub, attempts to mine the comedy from the pitiful but winds up doing little more than ringing the death knell.

buck May 30

Uncle Buck (1989)

John Hughes writes, produces and directs the 1989 John Candy vehicle Uncle Buck with a refreshingly light touch, but there’s little to elevate the material beyond that of a subpar sitcom. Most of the film is couched in family fantasy stuff, with the arrival of a dishevelled relative/outsider helping “save” the day after the failure […]

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