The Night Before is just funny enough and just heartwarming enough to… MoreThe Night Before is just funny enough and just heartwarming enough to recommend, but with a lack of chemistry amongst the leads and a plot that follows in the line of many recent stoner comedies, the film doesn't tread new ground. It's a fun, forgettable Christmas lark, nothing more. Rating: 60
Though Michael Clayton is solidly acted, it doesn't grab the audience… MoreThough Michael Clayton is solidly acted, it doesn't grab the audience in any major way to make them care about any of the main characters. The plot is also a bit contrived never quite successful in letting the audience in on the struggles of the characters. George Clooney does what George Clooney does and is rather good at it. Tom Wilkinson is great in his few scenes as well as Tilda Swinton, but there was never much revealed about these characters. Overall, Michael Clayton is sophisticated but lacking in thrills and in a strong story. Rating: 60
The finale to probably the most solid YA film franchise of all time,… MoreThe finale to probably the most solid YA film franchise of all time, is sure to divided some people. While admittedly darker than the previous films, it is less action-packed and more subtext heavy. Jennifer Lawrence continues to stun and the films emotional impact will vary from person to person, but no one can deny the ambition and the beautifully quiet and quite melancholy final scene. What started out as a simple teen thriller series has evolved into a deep, complex and quite honestly not crowd pleaser like cautionary tale that beckons food for thought. No, I wasn't dazzled by the final installment or heavily thrilled, but I was left thinking about deeper topics and almost shed a tear of sadness at the final results of a franchise that always had something to say. Rating: 75
The Good Dinosaur may not scale the heights of the greatest Pixar… MoreThe Good Dinosaur may not scale the heights of the greatest Pixar films due to a slight story, iffy script and the lack of memorable characters, however with some of the most stunning animated vistas ever put to screen and a breezily enjoyable tone, The Good Dinosaur is thoroughly pleasant entertainment. Arlo and Spot's relationship is the greatest aspect of the film and is given several great moments including a beautiful nighttime scene. However, when finished the film already feels like a wistful memory, although a charming and gorgeous one. Rating: 76
Tense and important, Sicario is a film that is relevant to our times.… MoreTense and important, Sicario is a film that is relevant to our times. It occasionally suffers from overwrought dialogue, but the tense atmosphere and performances, namely Benecio del Toro, make Sicario a riveting tale. Just don't look too into it as there isn't much under the hood. Rating: 73
Joyful and filled with the kind of innocence and simple charm that… MoreJoyful and filled with the kind of innocence and simple charm that made up the tv shows and comics, The Peanuts Movie is pure family entertainment. Snoopy's escapades are the only overinflated parts of the film. The animation is splendid. A treat. Rating: 86
Amy Schumer is delightful and the film is often funny, but near the… MoreAmy Schumer is delightful and the film is often funny, but near the end, the humor fizzles out with the proceedings turning sad at certain points. Enjoyable but also way too long.
Matt Damon is phenomenal. So charismatic and charming is his screen… MoreMatt Damon is phenomenal. So charismatic and charming is his screen presence that he single-handedly owns this movie. While the first half of the film works better than the second, there's no denying the amount of craft going on. The supporting cast is good despite not much to work with and the film is smart in the way it portrays science. However, Damon's character isn't fully fleshed out and their isn't much in the way of a heartwarming ending, but The Martian is a fun and entertaining two and a half hours. Rating: 82