Some thoughts on the feel-good Bill Murray drama “St. Vincent,” which I saw and no one else did. It’s kinda terrible.
Matt, Bibbs and I all went a little nuts for “Gone Girl.” This is our sans-spoiler review, so we tried to rave sufficiently about the film without giving too much away. But a spoilertastic edition follows, so be sure to watch that, too — but only once you’ve seen the film.
Don’t watch this until you’ve seen “Gone Girl”! Seriously. Matt, Bibbs and I go indepth on the film’s many twists and surprises.
The trailers make this creepy-doll horror flick look positively cringe-inducing. Instead, the prequel to “The Conjuring” is just silly and screechy, and — with the exception of a couple of decent jolts — not really scary after all.
Denzel Washington plays a man with a very particular set of skills. But “The Equalizer” is more intriguing as he slowly reveals those skills. By the third act, he’s just blowing things up and walking away from them without looking back. We all liked this, to a point.
This is a Jimi Hendrix biography without any Jimi Hendrix music in it. That would sound like a problem, but writer-director John Ridley actually has taken an innovative approach to a famous life. I liked this movie a lot. Alonso was not so impressed.
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.