Post Date Oct 9

What the Flick?! — Whiplash

“Whiplash” is at once thrilling and horrifying. The story of a talented young jazz drummer and his cruelly sadistic mentor features powerful performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons and editing so intricate and masterful, it feels like jazz itself. (Like, seriously, it should win every possible editing award there is.) I can’t exactly say that I enjoyed Damien Chazelle’s film, but I can’t deny that it put me on edge for the rest of the night.

Post Date Oct 9

What the Flick?! — The Judge

This courtroom drama feels like an overlong, overstuffed adaptation of a John Grisham airport paperback from the mid-1990s. It is clearly the work of a comedy director (David Dobkin) trying desperately to do something more substantive. But it has a few moments that earn their demands to be taken seriously, particularly the heated exchanges between Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. as an estranged father and son.

Post Date Oct 9

What the Flick?! — Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The Judith Viorst children’s book is merely a springboard for this family-friendly comedy, which isn’t as cloying as it looks and features an appealing weird streak. You could do worse.

Post Date Oct 9

What the Flick?! — St. Vincent

Some thoughts on the feel-good Bill Murray drama “St. Vincent,” which I saw and no one else did. It’s kinda terrible.

Post Date Oct 2

What the Flick?! — Gone Girl

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.

Post Date Oct 2

What the Flick?! — Gone Girl Spoiler Talk

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.

Post Date Oct 2

What the Flick?! — Annabelle

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.

Post Date Sep 25

What the Flick?! — The Equalizer

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.

Post Date Sep 25

What the Flick?! — Jimi: All Is By My Side

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.

Post Date Sep 25

What the Flick?! — The Boxtrolls

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.