He and his team make an unabashedly nasty body invasion creature feature, mixing styles, ideas and genres with whiplash speed and fearless confidence. For those who enjoy this sort of thing [Almost Human] is a blood-splattered, human viscera-filled hoot, and without a doubt ends up being the kind of entertainment worthy of multiple viewings even though the gross-out factor is exceedingly high.
Joyous Shoot Me an Inspired Comedic Biography I’m not sure it’s possible to dislike Elaine Stritch. The Tony and Emmy Award winning comedian, now in her 80s, is as vital and as confident as ever, her joie de vivre and zest for living life as apparent now as it has ever been at any point […]
Fiery Pompeii a Volcanic Star-Crossed Love Story For a disaster movie, based on an actual historical event, no less, Pompeii is remarkably restrained. For a gladiator-slash-revenge-slash-star-crossed-lovers-love-story directed by the man behind Resident Evil, Event Horizon, Alien vs. Predator and Mortal Kombat, Paul W.S. Anderson, it is shockingly even more so. Sure it is in 3-D. […]
This movie is a titanic achievement that I’m still mulling over, so many pieces of it speaking with such unabashed eloquence calling the finished film an instant classic is almost a no-brainer.
Hart’s On Fire in Latest Journey Into Night It’s not a huge secret to say I’m a little over Kevin Hart. I hated Ride Along. I thought he was fine in Grudge Match if not doing anything remotely unexpected (or memorable). His supporting turn in The Five-Year Engagement didn’t do anything for me one way […]
Head-Scratching Winter’s Tale an Unforgivable Disaster Wow. Double-wow. Wow with cream and sugar and as many other syrupy, saccharine and calorie-filled toppings that I can think of slathered shamelessly on top. Honestly? I don’t know what to say. Winter’s Tale, as handsomely mounted as it is, as wonderfully acted as it might be (save an […]
Reimagined RoboCop Back Laying Down the Law There’s no doubt that a big budget remake of director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satirical, hyper-violent 1987 sci-fi classic RoboCop always felt like a bad idea. There was no way a Hollywood studio, in this case Sony Pictures and MGM, would allow any of the deep, dark, unsentimentally brutal […]
Imagination Runs Wild in Idiosyncratic LEGO Movie I can’t say I was looking forward to The LEGO Movie. Much like Transformers or G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (or their sequels), the whole idea seemed like nothing more than an extended commercial solely engineered to sell millions of dollars in toys and nothing else. As […]
Clooney’s Monuments Men a Well-Intentioned Disappointment George Clooney’s latest directorial effort The Monuments Men is both too much and too little both at the exact same time. The film is an episodic endeavor attempting to tell a story much larger and more fragmented than its 118 minute running time allows to be easily processed. At […]