Posts Tagged ‘film criticism’
Jeffrey Combs stars as the mentally unhinged scientist Herbert West in 1985's "Re-Animator," Stuart Gordon's cult-classic adaptation of a series of H.P. Lovecraft stories.

Class of 1985: “Re-Animator”

To call “Re-Animator” campy and leave it at that seems a knee-jerk reaction to discredit, or disregard, the clear skill behind an excellent American horror movie.
Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman play a father and son trying to survive a mobster's wrath in "Run All Night," a 2015 Warner Brothers release.

Run All Night

A well-made movie that could have been better, in which the quiet, talkie parts are more interesting than the mayhem.

Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) are the emotions driving the mind of a young girl named Riley in "Inside Out," a 2015 Pixar film.

Inside Out

Pixar has got its mojo back with this fun, colorful movie that offers a little into how each of us might tick.
Lin Shaye stars as Elise, a medium trying to save a young girl from a persistently nasty demon, in "Insidious: Chapter 3," a 2015 Gramercy Pictures release that serves as a prequel in the franchise.

Insidious: Chapter 3

By twisting usual gotcha-scare geometry just enough to goose you and thoughtfully mulling the psychology of paranormal belief, this prequel proves the best of its bunch.

Judith Vittet is Miette and Ron Perlman is One in "The City of Lost Children," a 1995 release directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro.

Class of 1995: “The City of Lost Children”

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's arrival as a fairytale filmmaker extraordinaire finds him, with a rapscallion's wit, pulling back the tent to welcome us inside his wild mind.
Kennedi Clements stars in the 2015 remake of "Poltergeist," directed by Gil Kenan and released by 20th Century Fox.

Poltergeist (2015)

This rejiggering of the 1982 classic is reminiscent of “Poseidon” or 2005’s “The Amityville Horror” — a significantly shorter simulacrum that works on its own single-serving terms.

Charlize Theron stars as Furiosa in "Mad Max: Fury Road," a 2015 Warner Brothers release and director George Miller's long-awaited continuation of the "Mad Max" film series.

Mad Max: Fury Road

An instant classic and an unforgettable, habit-forming rush you'll crave continuously to mainline the reason we go to movies in the first place.
Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon star in "Hot Pursuit," a 2015 buddy action-comedy directed by Anne Fletcher and distributed by Warner Brothers.

Hot Pursuit

Texas is a big state. By the time the credits roll on "Hot Pursuit," you'll feel like you've crossed it by car and taken the scenic route.

Mel Gibson stars as "Mad" Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," a 1985 Warner Brothers release directed by George Miller and co-starring Tina Turner.

Class of 1985: “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”

Despite its introduction of the immediately iconic Thunderdome arena, this Mad Max tale can't quite bridge a directorial split.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson returns as DSS Agent Luke Hobbs in "Furious Seven," a 2015 Universal Pictures release directed by James Wan.

Furious Seven

It respectfully sends off Paul Walker amid momentum microbursts, but "Furious Seven" feels more like joyless, obligatory due diligence than a fun thrill ride.

Sean Penn stars in "The Gunman," a 2015 action-thriller directed by Pierre Morel ("Taken") and released by Open Road Films.

The Gunman

An ill fit for Sean Penn on fronts of art and altruism, "The Gunman" plays like something the actor, co-writer and producer probably loathes: "voluntourism."
Liam Neeson is a father trying to save his son from a mobster's wrath in "Run All Night," a 2015 Warner Brothers release.

Run All Night

Wheezing, limping and lumbering all night much more than it runs, Liam Neeson's most arthritic action movie to date isn't one with a number wedged in its title.

Sharlto Copley provides the motion-capture performance and voice of the robotic title character in "Chappie," a 2015 Columbia Pictures release directed by Neill Blomkamp.


"Chappie" is neither the easy kind of bad nor the sort from which co-writer / director Neill Blomkamp can't bounce back ... but damn, does it hurt to watch.
Al Franken stars as cable access TV-show host (and "Saturday Night Live" character) Stuart Smalley in 1995's "Stuart Saves His Family," directed by Harold Ramis.

Class of 1995: “Stuart Saves His Family”

Upending expectations of the "Saturday Night Live" subgenre, "Stuart Saves His Family" is good enough and smart enough to paint a seriocomic portrait of misery.