Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is probably like…the ninth best Harry Potter film. That’s not to say it isn’t good; it’s actually a lot of fun and maintains the spirit of the original series, but it feels uneven at times and unmotivated at others.
The Lobster has been surviving the big blockbuster summer on positive word of mouth alone. If you miss it in theaters, don’t fear: It’s the perfect movie to watch at home, where you can marvel at its absurdity and ponder its questions with someone you love.
This week sees the wide release of director Clint Eastwood’s newest film, American Sniper, which concerns itself with the story of real-life U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Hollywood has showcased the Navy’s premiere Special Forces squad in dozens of films throughout the years, yet a few portrayals have stood out as particularly memorable. Today’s list is a celebration of the movies that took the time to feature Navy SEALS in a badass fashion.
Disney’s new film Saving Mr. Banks alternates between compelling and troubling. Its parallel story lines and characterization of the manipulative and fatherly Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) make it a slightly entertaining mess.
A movie this complicated, this layered, and this far-out absolutely deserves a full-on DVD/Blu-ray package chock full of informative extras that illuminate the themes from the film.
Two action movies from this summer have found their way to Blu-ray and DVD, and their budgets are in reverse proportion to their quality. Here’s my Blu-ray and DVD reviews.
Seven Psychopaths is one of those comedies where a bunch of low-life criminals go around cracking wise and shooting people. Or at least it seems to be some sort of “Tarantino-lite” movie, for a little while.
Even though Total Recall is full of imaginative sets and design, its futuristic world is never anything but a nifty-looking backdrop for its action sequences, which are admittedly better than average. But the world never really informs the characters – whose dialogue is also pretty bland – and the result is a little underwhelming.
In a dystopian future, the world is only inhabitable in two places — Great Britain and Australia. The countries are connected through an underground tunnel that goes through the planet’s core and it serves as a handy dividing line between the rich and the poor. All of this is explained before the first scene of [...]
This week, Eric and Trevan talk about Total Recall, the latest remake/reinterpretation/rehash/idea repurposing. The original wasn’t high art by any means, but does the Colin Farrell vehicle offer anything past the one-two punch of Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel? Listen on to find out! And once you have, stick around because the guys discuss the bizarre, [...]
‘London Boulevard’ is a British gangster film written and directed by William Monahan, and ‘The Skin I Live In’ is a bizarre and truly disturbing movie from Pedro Almodóvar.
Love him or hate him, writer/director Terrence Malick has yet to make a movie that doesn’t completely envelop an audience and take control of their senses for an otherworldly experience. ‘The New World’ does that 100 percent, embedding the viewer in another time when life moved at a completely different pace than it does today.
I’m not sure that we needed remake of “Fright Night,” a “boy who cried vampire” horror flick that balanced both drama and comedy back in 1985, but in today’s mainstream horror market, a remake is about the only thing that will guarantee your film will be at least a mild hit. This new version, directed [...]
This review of “Horrible Bosses” appears on KTKA-49. “Horrible Bosses” has a very simple concept. Three lifelong friends—played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis—go from thinking about killing their abusive bosses to actually plotting their murders. If the movie were a rich character drama or a suspense film, it would explore the dark [...]
This Blu-ray review of “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Tigerland” appears on KTKA-49. “Battle: Los Angeles,” released in theaters earlier this spring and “Tigerland,” a Vietnam-era movie from the year 2000, are both new out on DVD and Blu-ray. At first glance, the only thing they have in common is that they’re both war movies. Granted, [...]