“Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead” – Interview with Director Kiah Roache-Turner

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 23rd, 2015 - Interviews

“It’s a funny thing; this is a very Australian film. The humor. The way we put it together. The places we took inspiration from. It’s all pretty Aussie.”

“It’s a funny thing; this is a very Australian film. The humor. The way we put it together. The places we took inspiration from. It’s all pretty Aussie.”

The Duff (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 20th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

If you threw Juno, Mean Girls and She’s All That into a blender you’d probably end up with something relatively similar to The DUFF, a well-intentioned and relatively charming High School coming-of-age comedy that’s frothy and effervescent enough to entertain but not inspired or creative enough to become memorable.

If you threw Juno, Mean Girls and She’s All That into a blender you’d probably end up with something relatively similar to The DUFF, a well-intentioned and relatively charming High School coming-of-age comedy that’s frothy and effervescent enough to entertain but not inspired or creative enough to become memorable.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 20th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

To paraphrase a very old adage, laughter cures just about anything, and while it can’t make Hot Tub Time Machine 2 a good movie it does manage to transform it into a far more enjoyable one than it otherwise would have been.

To paraphrase a very old adage, laughter cures just about anything, and while it can’t make Hot Tub Time Machine 2 a good movie it does manage to transform it into a far more enjoyable one than it otherwise would have been.

McFarland, USA (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 20th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

Costner has rarely been better. Slipping into White’s shoes with ease, he looks right at home running alongside his charges, becoming a better man, a better coach and, most of all, a better father as he figures out what makes the kids, their families and the community click as he puts everyone on the path towards victory.

Costner has rarely been better. Slipping into White’s shoes with ease, he looks right at home running alongside his charges, becoming a better man, a better coach and, most of all, a better father as he figures out what makes the kids, their families and the community click as he puts everyone on the path towards victory.

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 20th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

Wyrmwood doesn’t reinvent the wheel. It doesn’t shake up the zombie genre so much that it will never be the same afterwards. Yet it’s filled to the brim with indelible moments that joyfully take up space in the memory, showcases sequences of ingenuity and wit that had me rocking back and forth in my seat in total, unrestrained euphoria.

Wyrmwood doesn’t reinvent the wheel. It doesn’t shake up the zombie genre so much that it will never be the same afterwards. Yet it’s filled to the brim with indelible moments that joyfully take up space in the memory, showcases sequences of ingenuity and wit that had me rocking back and forth in my seat in total, unrestrained euphoria.

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 14th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

The most abhorrent part of all of this is that A Good Day to Die Hard has me questioning my undying love of John McClane and the previous Die Hard films as whole, a fact that has me angrier than I really care to admit. Be that as it may, as fifth go-arounds are concerned this one is certainly not a charm, and for fans of the series it’s best to just say ‘yippee-ki-nay!’ and leave this latest installment well enough alone.

The most abhorrent part of all of this is that A Good Day to Die Hard has me questioning my undying love of John McClane and the previous Die Hard films as whole, a fact that has me angrier than I really care to admit. Be that as it may, as fifth go-arounds are concerned this one is certainly not a charm, and for fans of the series it’s best to just say ‘yippee-ki-nay!’ and leave this latest installment well enough alone.

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 13th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

In some ways I guess every generation deserves its own 9½ Weeks. Thing is, although that supposedly steamy romance carries a fairly hefty reputation, truth of the matter is that Adrian Lyne feature is as abysmal now as it ever was back during its original release. As good as Johnson might be – and she’s admittedly glorious – in many ways Fifty Shades of Grey makes a terrifically terrible companion piece to that 1986 effort, and frankly that’s about as close to giving this otherwise irredeemable piece of a pulp pabulum a compliment as I can get.

In some ways I guess every generation deserves its own 9½ Weeks. Thing is, although that supposedly steamy romance carries a fairly hefty reputation, truth of the matter is that Adrian Lyne feature is as abysmal now as it ever was back during its original release. As good as Johnson might be – and she’s admittedly glorious – in many ways Fifty Shades of Grey makes a terrifically terrible companion piece to that 1986 effort, and frankly that’s about as close to giving this otherwise irredeemable piece of a pulp pabulum a compliment as I can get.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 13th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

For the most part Kingsman: The Secret Service is made with gleeful anarchic relish, and at no point during its 129-minute running time did I feel bored or offended. Featuring crackerjack action sequences, laugh-out-loud moments of humor and emotional beats that caught me off-guard, in a lot of ways Vaughn’s latest is right up there with his best work as a director, the end product showcasing a confident maturity that’s sometimes been absent from a few of his previous endeavors.

For the most part Kingsman: The Secret Service is made with gleeful anarchic relish, and at no point during its 129-minute running time did I feel bored or offended. Featuring crackerjack action sequences, laugh-out-loud moments of humor and emotional beats that caught me off-guard, in a lot of ways Vaughn’s latest is right up there with his best work as a director, the end product showcasing a confident maturity that’s sometimes been absent from a few of his previous endeavors.

Timbuktu (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - February 13th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

Bold, vibrant and alive, [Timbuktu] a staggering look at religious fundamentalism that left me breathless, weary and emotionally spent by the time it came to its conclusion.

Bold, vibrant and alive, [Timbuktu] a staggering look at religious fundamentalism that left me breathless, weary and emotionally spent by the time it came to its conclusion.

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