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Vacation (2015)

Vacation (2015)

In this era of incessant sequels and long-dormant reboots of classic franchises, the common response from those of us who starve for originality is to ask Read More

Pixels

Pixels

Pixels is about as entertaining as a video game-based action comedy produced by and starring Adam Sandler can be. That is to say, working from a Read More

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Failure seemed imminent on Ant-Man after Edgar Wright, the man whose skewed perspective, anarchic sense of humor, and whiz-bang visual style promised to breathe vibrant life Read More

Felt

Felt

Felt is a filmic exercise in which the “narrative,” inasmuch as one even exists, is so embedded in the film’s formal properties that it becomes futile Read More

Inside Out

Inside Out

When the Pixar team is firing on all cylinders, the resulting films are state-of-the-art and revolutionary, both in terms of the visual immersion and the emotional Read More

Manglehorn

Manglehorn

For all its attempts to heavily overcomplicate both its narrative and its aesthetic, Manglehorn sure is simplistic and bland. In spite of the wistful philosophizing narration Read More

Jurassic World

Jurassic World

Since Jurassic World is intended as a direct sequel to the original 1993 Jurassic Park, there are two specific sequences wherein it seems abundantly clear that Read More

San Andreas

San Andreas

Disaster movies always test our suspension of disbelief, but San Andreas tests the threshold of which our eyes can roll in the back of our heads. Read More

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road leaves blisters on the cinema screen. This is the kind of action bonanza for which the term “pulse-pounding” was invented, except it doesn’t Read More

Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit

Allow me to clear up any confusion right up front: Hot Pursuit is not directed by Paul Feig, and it does not star Melissa McCarthy. It’s Read More

Get Hard

Get Hard

Get Hard is probably the lamest comedy of all time that also happens to be occasionally amusing. I mean, I guess it’s hard not to happen Read More

Everly

Everly

Everly is like a great mash-up trailer extended to insufferable full length. There are plenty of fun ideas swirling around, but none of them move past Read More

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

It seems fitting that less than a week after the release of Annie, a crushingly inept movie musical, Into the Woods arrives to show audiences how movie Read More

Annie

Annie

It’s kind of disheartening to sit here on the brink of lightly bashing the unceasingly-promoted Annie, which is actually quite sweet and well meaning, and which represents Read More

Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2

This is why so many people complain about sequels sucking – because now Hollywood has taken to sequel-izing even modestly successful one-off comedies. Don’t get me Read More

The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

“Everything is awesome” is the goofy, satiric musical refrain that plays over the opening sequences of The LEGO Movie. It’s purposely grating, on-the-nose in the most Read More