Tag: Film

MacGruber

MacGruber  |  Director Jorma Taccone  |  Score: 6.2 Talk about damning with faint praise. The film’s producers couldn’t have been terribly happy that Michaels-Goldwyn touted a film critic’s praise “The best SNL movie since Wayne’s World” as one of its…

The Greatest

The Greatest  |  Director Shana Feste  |  Score: 3.8 It’s rare that a preproduction location scout makes or breaks a film, but someone really needed to tell Shana Feste that the growing affects of global warming are not yet so…

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds  |  Dir. Quentin Tarantino  |  Score: 6.2 Not to be reductive, but let’s begin by explaining what Quentin Tarrantino’s new film is not: As in, it’s not much about the Basterds, a hand-picked group of Jewish soldiers the…

District 9

District 9  |  Dir. Neill Blomkamp  |  Score: 5.8 It’s “The Office” if it were directed by Paul Verhoeven in this sci-fi-drama-cum-satire from producer Peter Jackson and writer/director Neill Blomkamp. Initially taking its cues from the mockumentary format, the film…

Avatar

Avatar  |  Dir. James Cameron  |  Score: 5.5 James Cameron’s films tend to work despite him. The sheer, sweeping power of the maritime disaster in Titanic enabled viewers to ignore the ham-fisted, cliché laden romance of the two young protagonists; similarly,…

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker  |   Dir. Kathryn Bigelow  |  Score: 6.7 You know a film means serious business when it kills off one of its few recognizable stars within the first ten minutes, but it’s obvious this Iraqi conflict narrative, from…

A Prophet

A Prophet  |  Director Jacques Audiard  |  Score: 7.2 At first, the French prison young Malik El Djebana (Tahar Rahim) is sent to seems strangely civilized, at least in comparison to its American counterpart. Prisoners are given individual cells, the showers…

The Last Station

The Last Station | Dir. Michael Hoffman | Score: 6.8 Imagine a time, about a century ago, where a writer — a very literary writer — was every bit as besieged by the 1910-era paparazzi and the general public as Angelina Jolie…

Shutter Island

Shutter Island | Dir. Martin Scorsese | Score: 5.2 There’s little doubt that Martin Scorsese is one of America’s greatest living directors; but it’s also just as evident he’s lost a few miles off his fastball over the last decade…

The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer | Dir. Roman Polanski | Score: 6.7 The first question that comes to mind watching Roman Polanski’s latest thriller — set mainly in a dreary, off-season Cape Cod — is where did they film the damn thing? (Germany, it…