Horrible Bosses, Hilarious Movie

Horrible Bosses plays like a more broad, mainstream Coen Brothers movie.  And that’s just fine with me. In classic film noir fashion, we see a scatterbrained plan from three knuckleheads (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) quickly spiral out of control before they realize they’re in way over their heads.  And as with any … Continue reading

I just saw The Tree of Life

I think it would be an injustice to Terrence Malick to even attempt to write a review right now.  I will say this: The Tree of Life might not be the best movie ever made, but it is definitely the greatest movie ever made. Think about it. See the film.

Midnight in Paris

Even though he only bats about .300 these days (good in baseball, not so good in Hollywood), what continues to amaze me most about Allen is his ability to churn out story after story, year after year, without any of them feeling like a rehash of his past successes.  Midnight in Paris feels like classic … Continue reading

Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Please, forgive yourself if you still haven’t yet figured out what Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is about.  I had no idea until I actually saw it — even after watching the trailer.  But the film is essentially a “making-of” documentary following filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) as he attempts to … Continue reading

Mini-Reviews: Super, Cracks, Trust, and Scream 4

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with my regular reviews.  I’ve been a little too busy, but that doesn’t mean I’m falling behind on my movie watching.  Here are some half-assed reviews/recommendations of some movies currently playing in theaters and/or On Demand. Super, from writer-director James Gunn (Slither), is another one of those pedestrian superhero … Continue reading

Source Code

An understandably confused Jake Gyllenhaal wakes up in the body of another man (there’s no way to say that without it sounding dirty) on an inbound Chicago Metra train with far more plush-looking seats than any train I’ve ever been on.  And so begins Source Code, the sophomore effort from Moon director Duncan Jones. The … Continue reading

Sucker Punch

I loved Watchmen and didn’t care for 300.  That seems to be the opposite of the general consensus regarding Zack Snyder’s work.  But either way, he’s one of the few visually-minded directors who consistently amazes me.  His imagination in these effects-laden fantasies is miles ahead of the likes of Michael “Transformers” Bay and Roland “2012″ … Continue reading

I Saw the Devil

I Saw the Devil, the latest Korean revenge thriller, is worse than torture porn. It’s Saw without any moral imperative. It offers pure, uninterrupted bloodshed without anything interesting to think about. The shame is that many moviegoers will go into it expecting a work of art along the lines of the excellent Mother or The … Continue reading

Limitless

Limitless deals with a new non-FDA certified drug called NZT that gives a struggling novelist (Bradley Cooper) the focus he needs to fulfill his book contract. NZT also helps him learn foreign languages in minutes, earn millions on Wall Street and fight like Bruce Lee from merely watching his movies. But the pill apparently doesn’t … Continue reading

Certified Copy

Certified Copy opens with an English writer (British opera star William Shimell) promoting the Italian version of his latest book on the importance of replica artwork. Later that day, he meets up with a French antique dealer (Juliette Binoche), with whom he decides to spend the rest of his time until he takes the night … Continue reading