Writer-director John Carney’s follow-up to the miraculous “Once” may not have quite the same innovative power, but it’s still a completely charming musical in a scruffily romantic version of New York City. Alonso and I kinda loved it; Amy, not so much.
Alonso and I have a major disagreement with our good friend, Amy Nicholson, over whether the romantic comedy parody “They Came Together” is actually funny or not.
Yves Saint Laurent was an innovator in the world of haute couture. This biopic about him is pretty by-the-numbers. Alonso and I got all gussied up to review.
Hopefully by the time you watch this, we all will have purged the Four Seasons songs from our brains. They are darn catchy. Clint Eastwood’s film itself, though — while glossy and entertaining — is also rather conventional and safe.
“Think Like a Man Too” is a shameless example of cashing in again. The original 2012 film, “Think Like a Man,” was a surprise hit. This sequel just feels loose and lazy, and it squanders a great-looking, charismatic cast. (But the Bell Biv DeVoe music video they stage is pretty great.)
Just ridiculously entertaining. We all had a blast. See it, and then see it again to catch all the jokes you missed while you were laughing your ass off.
The sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is wondrous, colorful and vibrant. But it also dares to present some very serious themes and see them through to their completion. I took Nicolas to see it and he was only slightly frightened of the character Djimon Hounsou voices: a villain who wants to round up all the dragons to form his own personal army. The heavier stuff seems to have gone over his head. All of us at What the Flick?! were pretty wowed by it, though.
“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.