‘If I Stay’ should leave it to the book

When it comes to book adaptations, it seems only fair that they are judged solely on the film and not in comparison to the novel it comes from. With that in mind, “If I Stay” (Rated PG-13; 107 min) is still a terrible adaptation. “If I Stay” ... Continue Reading →

‘Magic in the Moonlight’ just ok

Woody Allen has directed many films in his long, and lustrous career, 49 to be exact. And in that career, the man has made a lot of amazing movies, some Oscar winners. He has made bad ones as well, but many of his most recent films have gotten stuck in ... Continue Reading →

‘Sin City’ sequel is an unoriginal sin

It is weird to think it has been nine years since the release of the original “Sin City.” The year was 2005. “Sin City” was released to the masses and is still a critically acclaimed film today. It wowed us with its noir style, interesting world ... Continue Reading →

‘When the Game Stands Tall’ falls short

Sports films have a long and inconsistent history. For the most part, sports films have an extensive line of successes. Consider “Raging Bull,” “Caddyshack” and “Friday Night Lights.”At best, sports films can bring out some of the best character ... Continue Reading →

‘Boyhood’ is a Masterpiece

Richard Linklater has had an odd filmmaking career. At times he is an indie darling, making acclaimed films like “Slacker,” “Before Sunrise” and “A Scanner Darkly.” At other times, he makes very mediocre commercial films like “School of ... Continue Reading →

‘The Giver’ has nothing to give

Sometimes, Hollywood can be a broken jukebox. It will occasional play something new and everyone will sigh in relief at something different, something fresh. But for the most part, it seems to be stuck on one song that plays over and over and over. One ... Continue Reading →

Third time’s the charm for ‘Expendables’ series

Occasionally a movie comes along that cannot be fairly reviewed like every other movie. To even compare it to normal movies would be like comparing a child’s math skills to the math skills of someone in college. These movies tend to be so bad, so dumb, ... Continue Reading →

‘Cops’ fail to serve, protect and entertain

Lethal Weapon. Bad Boys 1 and 2. Beverly Hills Cop. These are all famous examples of buddy cop movies. Buddy cop movies are a staple in the action movie genre and for a time, they seemed to be the most popular genre out there. People could not go to ... Continue Reading →

‘Wish I Was Here’ not all there

Director Zach Braff has a thing for indie music. He populated his 2004 film “Garden State” with hipster-cred pieces, and his new movie “Wish I Was Here” (Rated R; 106 Min.) demonstrates that preference a little too well. The soundtrack’s first ... Continue Reading →

‘Begin Again’ renews the summer movie

The music movie is dead. At least it was, until about a week ago. It seemed as if after June’s “Jersey Boys” Broadway-turned-movie dud Hollywood was a far cry from the Academy Award winning music biopics earlier in the ‘00s, films like “Ray” ... Continue Reading →

Planet of the apes never transcends monkey business

This summer has been full of ridiculous images on screen. Magneto dropping a baseball stadium on the White House in “X-Men.” An alien vessel dropping a ship on Optimus Prime in “Transformers.” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Rated PG-13; ... Continue Reading →

‘Chef’ sizzles with delicious passion

It’d be easy to say Jon Favreau’s new film looks great because of the gratuitous images of delicious-looking food. Favreau certainly could have relied on the food in “Chef” (Rated R; 114 Min.) to propel him forward without a solid story. Some ... Continue Reading →

The ‘Fault’ is in the script, not the ‘Stars’

It was the famed comedian Bill Cosby who said, “If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” That’s what writer John Green did when he wrote 2012’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” the blockbuster book which follows two teens, ... Continue Reading →

‘Spider-Man’ not ‘Amazing,’ but Sony shows improvement

When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise just a few years after “Spider-Man 3,” the move reeked of desperation. And desperate it was. Sony wanted to hold on to the rights lest they revert to Marvel. Thus the muddled, ... Continue Reading →

‘Spider-Man’ not ‘Amazing’ but working on it

When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise just a few years after “Spider-Man 3,” the move reeked of desperation. And desperate it was. Sony wanted to hold on to the rights lest they revert to Marvel. Thus the muddled, ... Continue Reading →
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