X-Men: Apocalypse has been taking quite a bit of flak from critics, and has under-performed financially. Is the film a disaster? Absolutely not. Is the film flawed? Absolutely. Should you still go and see it? Apocalypse has moments of greatness, things we’ve never seen in an X-Men movie before, and mainly sets the stage for more dramatic moments to come. What it lacks is the connective tissue, the small but poignant character scenes, and the relentless momentum of the best films in the franchise. It’s probably the weakest team film aside from X3, but it’s worlds above X3. Minor spoilers follow below, so proceed with caution. Continue reading Movie Review: X-Men – Apocalypse (2016) “Not a Triumph But Far From an Apocalypse”
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. May 19th brings three challengers to Captain America: Civil War, but can any of them take down what is now the #1 film of 2016 (Cap just passed the $1 billion global mark today)? Cap is now the 24th highest-grossing film of all-time globally, and will likely be in the top 20 by weekend’s end. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/19/2016) – The Nice Guys, Angry Birds, and Neigbors 2
This was on my Most Anticipated of 2014 list as a dark horse candidate, primarily because of the strength of the source material (Jonathan Tropper’s novel) and the HUGE, talented cast. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Connie Britton, Corey Stoll and Dax Shepherd among others. Check out the trailer above and the synopsis below. This is Where I Leave You opens in theaters on September 12, 2014.
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide— driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.
I generally don’t go see comedies in the theater, because they’re such a hit-or-miss proposition, but I felt like going out this weekend and I would have rather had open heart surgery than sit through Spider-Man 2 again, so NEIGHBORS IT WAS! Coming out of the film, which I laughed through, my dominant impression was…..I’ve seen this before. Granted there are some things IN Neighbors I have NEVER seen before nor would care to again, but the overall Seth Rogen gross-out movie experience had me feeling deja vu as I walked to my car. Continue reading Movie Review: Neighbors (2014)