They’re trolls … in boxes. The painstaking stop-motion animation is impressive, but the overall tone of this family-friendly action comedy is rather grim and joyless. There’s a grotesquery to the characters and settings that can be darkly amusing at times but eventually feels smothering. We’re all kinda scattered on this one.
This may look like a wacky spoof of 1970s sci-fi — something along the lines of “Airplane!” or “Spaceballs” — but Jack Plotnick’s beautifully designed comedy-drama actually has a lot more on its mind. It’s “The Ice Storm,” in space. We all really liked it.
Based on a Dennis Lehane short story (and Lehane himself wrote the script), this is a totally solid crime drama which may seem a little familiar with its low-life figures and working-class setting. But it’s so well-made, well-cast and well-acted that not only will you not mind, you’ll be thoroughly engrossed. Tom Hardy is terrific as a quiet bartender with some secrets, and James Gandolfini enjoys a choice supporting role in the last performance before his death.
You will never listen to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” the same way again. Alonso and I went a little nuts for this movie.
Belle & Sebastian singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch wrote and directed this indie rock musical starring Emily Browning as an escaped mental patient who wanders the streets of Glasgow bursting into song. It’s sometimes awkward but often charming, with an appealing messiness about the production numbers.
This harmless and heartwarming film is the sequel to 2011’s “Dolphin Tale,” in case you recall that there was an original “Dolphin Tale.” Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman are both in it, but sadly, they do not run around solving dolphin-related crimes.
Officially THE most fun thing Ben, Matt, Alonso and I have ever done on What the Flick?! We played a rousing game of the movie title quiz Heads Up! We’ll definitely do more of this sort of thing in the future.
Even talented, likable actors like Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup can’t breathe life into this dull, vapid drama about bored rich people meandering about Manhattan. Stealing from the likes of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson doesn’t help.
Alonso and I thought “Frontera” was perfectly well-made and well-intentioned in telling intertwined stories along the Arizona-Mexico border. But in trying to see all sides fairly, it might be too detached.
Revisiting the greatness of “Ghostbusters,” which is back in theaters for a limited run in honor of its 30th anniversary. Matt and I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.