“The Rover” is a slow burn — a bleak vision of a parched, post-apocalyptic wasteland, but one with surprises and startling bursts of violence in store. Australian director David Michod’s follow-up to the great “Animal Kingdom” features a stoic Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson doing the most daring (and un-“Twilight”-like) work of his career. Matt and I dug it.
The boys and I compare how much we cried (or didn’t) while watching the film version of novelist John Green’s pop-culture phenomenon about teen cancer patients in love.
Tom Cruise is at his best in this thrilling (and super-violent) sci-fi take on “Groundhog Day.” Doug Liman’s film looks great, moves beautifully and is crammed with clever details. But the ending is a bit of a puzzle, we also did a super spoiler edition to break it all down.
Jenny Slate is an adorable, self-deprecating mess in a star-making performance as a stand-up comedian who gets pregnant after a one-night stand.”Obvious Child” dares to make tough choices and stick with them, and it does so with humor and humanity.
We all went a little nuts over this charming little Swedish film about a trio of teenage girls who form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm. In its depictions of female friendship and restless youth, it’s funny and sad and true, with winning performances from its young cast.
The evil fairy who cursed Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty” gets an origin story, as so many iconic characters have in recent years. It’s a role that would seem to be tailor-made for the formidable talents of Angelina Jolie, and while she does look striking, she seems strangely hemmed in. I actually would have enjoyed seeing her camp it up some more and revel in the character’s wickedness. Robert Abele joins me and Ben for a What the Flick?! review.
As is his preferred method, Seth MacFarlane throws everything at the wall — often more than once — to see what sticks in his comic Western. I laughed a lot throughout, particularly when MacFarlane is at his smartest with humor that subverts politics, pop culture and religion. And Charlize Theron is delightful in a rare chance to be funny. But man, is this movie a mess. There’s no such thing as restraint. Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times (and a fellow SMU grad) joins me and Ben to discuss.
The new “Godzilla” is pretty bad-ass. Matt and I actively cheered and applauded the monster. Ben had a blast, too. Alonso was not nearly so impressed. Please enjoy our super-sized review.
Jon Hamm stars in this feel-good Disney sports comedy about the effort to take two young men from India and turn them into major-league pitchers in the United States. It’s pretty dull and by-the-numbers until it turns schmaltzy.
The boys and I had a lively conversation about the faith-based comedy “Moms’ Night Out” and the subsequent shitstorm the negative reviews have inspired.