— One Direction: This Is Us

When the fine folks at needed a review of the One Direction documentary, they came to the right place. I definitely have some thoughts on the lads — “a confection, held together by hair product and harmony” — as well as the glossy, superficial way director Morgan Spurlock depicts them. Read the review here — Afternoon Delight

Juno Temple is a stripper with a heart of gold and Kathryn Hahn is the bored stay-at-home mom who tries to coax her down off the pole in “Afternoon Delight.” The film starts out as an honest exploration of a woman’s life and marriage in flux and turns into a judgy, preachy cautionary tale. My […]


Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures, and language. Running time: 90 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. The Summer of Ethan Hawke ends in batshit-crazy fashion with “Getaway,” an over-the-top car chase movie that drives all night but never really goes anywhere. Following […]

What the Flick?! — One Direction: This Is Us

They’re just five regular lads having the time of their lives — or so the members of One Direction keep telling us over and over again in Morgan Spurlock’s glossy, superficially entertaining documentary.

What the Flick?! — Getaway

Ethan Hawke stars as a washed-up racecar driver and Selena Gomez plays the world’s most brilliant teenage hacker in this nutty, nonsensical, late-summer action extravaganza.

What the Flick?! — Closed Circuit

Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star in this solid but thoroughly forgettable British legal thriller.

What the Flick?! — Drinking Buddies

Matt, Alonso and I all loved the smart dialogue, crackling chemistry and naturalistic settings of director Joe Swanberg’s latest indie.

Drinking Buddies

Magnolia Pictures Rated R for language throughout. Running time: 90 minutes. Three stars out of four. “Drinking Buddies” is a crackling screwball comedy refracted through a low-key, mumblecore prism. Admittedly, I’m not terribly fond of the word mumblecore and find it reductive — not unlike the phrases “chick flick” or “Oscar bait” to describe certain […]

Studio 11 LA — One Direction: This Is Us, Getaway, Closed Circuit

Lauren Sivan and I talk about the glossy propaganda that is the One Direction documentary and some other terrible late-August releases on Studio 11 LA. Watch the Video

Revisiting Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

After the debacle that was Miley Cyrus’ performance at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, I felt the need to revisit my review of her 2008 3-D movie, “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.” I remember hoping back then, when she was only 15, that she’d avoid the madness that plagues […]