If Sabotage (2014) doesn’t quite get there, it’s not for lack of trying on [Schwarzengger’s] part, and I like the decision to tackle something so profoundly dark, close to off-putting. The movie is a pulpy piece of revenge noir that’s in the end as bleak and as riddled with despair as these enterprises can get (think Man on Fire), that in and of itself almost enough to warrant a recommendation on my part right there alone.
The world Divergent depicts is hardly special or new, and while I am slightly curious to see what happens next I can’t say I’m enough so to proclaim I’d be all that bummed if the studio decided to forgo making the sequels and let things end with this.
Foul-Mouthed Words Spells Comedy S-U-C-C-E-S-S The Golden Quill national spelling bee thought it could handle any problem that might arise as the journey towards crowning a champion is embarked upon. After all, this is the premier event for adolescent spellers. Considering the participants a few unruly parents and a missed curfew or two, coupled with […]
Forgettable Chemistry a Drug-Addled Nightmare Better Living Through Chemistry is a bad movie. Worse, there was no reason for it to be. Expertly cast, reasonably well paced and featuring a decent enough premise (small town pharmacist feeling like his life is in a depressing rut begins an affair with a seductively glamorous local who introduces […]
[The Den (2013) is] pretty nasty stuff, there’s no denying that, and I’m not kidding when I say it’s not remotely surprising as to where everything is headed to. But the getting there? That’s a whole different matter, Donohue building tension and suspense beautifully before unleashing a climactic sequence that comes close toi outdoing the anything-goes ballistics of the “Safe Haven” segment of V/H/S 2.
Cryptic Enemy Weaves a Tangled Web Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a timid, unsure of himself college professor who nonetheless has a gorgeous blonde girlfriend, Mary (Mélanie Laurent), who by all accounts appears to love him flaws and all. Anthony (also Gyllenhaal) is a snarling, self-obsessed actor on the rise married to a gorgeous blonde, Helen […]
Anderson’s Budapest Hotel a Comedic Masterwork I’ve said more than a handful of times in the past that the works of Wes Anderson are arguably made for certain palates, each motion picture a fanciful journey into a highly stylized world acquired tastes adore while everyone else scratches their collective chins wondering what all the fuss […]
Kermit and Company Make a Most Wanted Return Reviewing Muppets Most Wanted is kind of easy. Do you like movies involving The Muppets? Does their family-friendly irreverence make you smile? Does just the thought of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in action get you to do unintended cartwheels? Do Fozzie the Bear’s jokes make […]
Glossy Speed Built from Recycled Auto Parts Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a regular guy making a day-to-living in Mt. Kisco, New York, he and his team of automotive pros rebuilding classic cars while doing a bit of underground street racing on the side. A lucrative deal with former town bad boy turned racing superstar […]