ANT-MAN (***½) and FANTASTIC FOUR (***): A Tale of Two Shadows in One Review

Studio interference has plagued the cinema since its earliest days. From MGM chopping Greed down to a fraction of its original length, to RKO mutilating The Magnificent Ambersons, to Harvey Weinstein’s re-editing antics (which Snowpiercer avoided at the cost of anything like a proper release), many films have been tweaked, meddled, and monkeyed with. Such is the case with Fantastic Four, whose…

INSIDE OUT Review – ****½

As of this writing, Inside Out and Jurassic World have been duking it out for three weekends, and Inside Out finally seems to have topped Jurassic World this past weekend, robbing it of the title of the highest-grossing film never to win a weekend. Not that it matters; Inside Out will be hugely profitable and has earned Pixar its best reviews since Toy Story 3. And…

LOVE & MERCY Review – ****½

So I’m back home and back reviewing movies, and I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do. There are a number of reviews I’d like to get out in the next two weeks, and originally this was to be part of a triple review with Tomorrowland and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and…

Perfect 10: WHIPLASH, THE BABADOOK, TOP FIVE, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, ST. VINCENT, KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS, BEYOND THE LIGHTS, THE HOMESMAN, and HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Reviews

Dear God. I have never been this far behind. This is just like college. Basically, I had an assload of reviews that I was way overdue on. I saw five movies this past weekend (it would’ve been six, but I decided Laggies could wait), and that when I had five other reviews waiting in the wings. It’s absurd. I…

THE SKELETON TWINS Review – ***

The Skeleton Twins is the kind of film which suffers because I cannot totally judge it in a vacuum. On its own, it would still be a flawed film, but in the greater context of modern cinema, it stands as yet another indie comedy-drama about dysfunctional middle-class characters, played by hitherto largely comedic actors, who go…