Compared to what audiences have been served in the previous the eight years, “The Internship” winds up looking a lot better than it really is.
This big budget vanity project is the worst kind of bad movie. It’s not fun bad. It’s not a fascinating fiasco. It’s not even unintentionally entertaining. It’s a deathly dull and stupefyingly boring romp through a desolate earth.
“Fast & Furious 6″ is just as ludicrously implausible as its predecessors, with only a fraction of Fast Five’s gonzo energy.
“The Hangover Part III” is a slight improvement over the dreadful second installment, but it’s just as pointless. This is one Hangover that never should have been repeated in the first place.
This sequel to director J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot is part homage, part thrill ride, and part morality play. It’s much like the best episodes of the TV series that inspired it, only with much much better special effects.
This latest version of “The Great Gatsby” isn’t weighted down by its status as “The Great American Novel.” Instead, director Baz Luhrmann seems inspired by it.
Iron Man 3 is both a step up and a step down from the now much maligned (however unfairly) Iron Man 2.
“Pain And Gain” is an aggressive, unrepentantly block-headed black hole of a movie that sucks all intelligence and talent into its vortex leaving only a vacuum of stupidity behind. I felt like I was a little dumber just for having spent two hours in its presence.
“Oblivion” is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller with a few tricks up its sleeve. Unfortunately those tricks have all been stolen from other much better movies.
“Olympus Has Fallen” would have to get a lot smarter just to be charitably called dumb. It is in fact one of the mind numbingly inane movies of the year, and this year that’s really saying something.
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is what I call a “smile” movie. It’s an amiable, good natured production that produces plenty of smiles, a chuckle or two, but no big laughs.
“Oz The Great And Powerful” isn’t in the same category as the timeless “Wizard Of Oz,” (what is?), but it’s a reasonably entertaining reinterpretation of the classic tale if you can take it on its own terms.
“Jack The Giant Slayer” seems destined to be the Hollywood blockbuster that nobody really likes.
“Beautiful Creatures” owes its existence to the unfortunate Twilight phenomenon, and suffers because of it.
The Die Hard series reaches its “nuke the fridge” moment in “A Good Day To Die Hard-” easily the worst entry in the long running franchise.
Melissa McCarthy showed what she can do with a really great script in “Bridesmaids” and “This Is 40.” In “Identity Thief” she shows she can wring a laugh even out of a really bad one.
“Warm Bodies” is about a zombie who wants more out of life than just braaaaiiiinnns. He’s shuffling about slowly groping for love. And while the idea of a zombie love story is inherently silly, it’s just entertaining enough to be fun- for a while anyway.
“Bullet To The Head” is a macho, meathead monstrosity that stands out as another low point for Sylvester Stallone in a career that is already chock full of them. This movie isn’t just incompetent, it’s not even trying.
Parental Guidance Rated PG Grade D+ BY MICHAEL WALTERS CANTANKEROUS CRITIC The best thing that can be said for “Parental Guidance” is that it’s not quite as awful as it appears. In his years […]
If you don’t laugh at “This Is 40,” you just might cry. It’s one of the funniest films of the year, but also an unvarnished and brutal look at just how hard a relationship can be. An undercurrent of bittersweet pragmatism runs through it.