A clever satire about reality TV, Showtime is a lot of fun and full of… MoreA clever satire about reality TV, Showtime is a lot of fun and full of laughs. To avoid a lawsuit for shooting a journalist's camera detective Mitch Preston is forced to star in a reality cop show and is teamed up with a wisecracking patrolman who sees the show as his big chance to become an actor. Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, and Rene Rossu lead the cast and deliver strong performance. And William Shatner has a wonderfully hilarious cameo in which he spoofs his TJ. Hooker persona. However, the villain is rather weak and his scheme is kind of cliché. Still, all around Showtime is a tremendously entertaining film that's pretty funny.
"You thought this was gonna be a street fight? You're goddamn right… More"You thought this was gonna be a street fight? You're goddamn right it is!" Exciting and action-packed, Furious Seven delivers an over-the-top, supercharged adventure. When rogue mercenary Deckard Shaw comes after Dominic Toretto and his crew they seek the help of a shadow government agency in order to get the upper hand. Jason Statham and Kurt Russell join the series and deliver strong performances. And the action scenes are insane, featuring some unbelievable stunts work. Additionally, the film does a good job at handling the death of Paul Walker, and gives his character a nice send off. Furious Seven is a little silly and goes off the rails at times, but it's still wildly entertaining and incredibly fun.
Foxcatcher is an extraordinary tale of ambition gone awry. Based on… MoreFoxcatcher is an extraordinary tale of ambition gone awry. Based on true events, the story follows eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont as he attempts to recruit Olympic Wrestling Championship duo Mark and David Schultz, and turn his Foxcatcher estate into the premiere training facility for American Olympic Wrestling. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo all give incredible performances and really transform into their characters. And director Bennett Miller does an impressive job at creating an atmospheric tone, and bringing tension and suspense to the film. Additionally, the use of music and cinematography are brilliantly done, and help add to the tone of foreboding. Remarkably compelling, Foxcatcher is a dramatic and well-crafted film.
American Sniper is a gripping and compelling war film about the life… MoreAmerican Sniper is a gripping and compelling war film about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Based on his autobiography, the story follows Kyle as he joins up with the Navy and serves four tours in Iraq, becoming the deadliest sniper in American history. Additionally, the film tackles some controversial issues, including the effects that war has on a person and how it changes their mentality. Bradley Cooper gives an incredible performance as Kyle that's subtle and nuanced. And director Clint Eastwood does a great job at creating a gritty tone that's suspenseful and intense. An extraordinary film, American Sniper delivers a thought-provoking look at the struggles that soldiers face on and off the battlefield.
Lighthearted and fun, Laggies is an eccentric comedy about outgrowing… MoreLighthearted and fun, Laggies is an eccentric comedy about outgrowing the capriciousness of youth. Confused about what to do with her life, a college graduate named Megan decides to hide out at the house a 16-year-old friend she just made in order to get herself together and figure things out. Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell, the performances are really good, and they do an excellent job at delivering the satirical comedy. Additionally, the script is well-written; especially the dialog, which is quite sharp and quippy. However, the quarter-life crisis thing becomes a little trite and self-indulgent after a while. But despite its weaknesses, Laggies is entertaining and delivers a lot of laughs.
Incredibly entertaining and fun, Step Up: All In is a high-energy jam.… MoreIncredibly entertaining and fun, Step Up: All In is a high-energy jam. After his dance crew abandons their dream of making it in LA, Sean puts together a new crew to compete for a chance at getting their own Las Vegas show. Briana Evigan returns to the series and brings a lot of charisma, and some decent acting (which is in short supply). And the choreography is amazing, with some really creative moves. Additionally, the costuming is quite imaginative and is full of unique, colorful designs. Thought the story couldn't be more trite and formulaic, the dance sequences make Step Up: All In an extraordinarily exciting film.
The Nazi propaganda film Titanic is incredibly bizarre yet imminently… MoreThe Nazi propaganda film Titanic is incredibly bizarre yet imminently fascinating. Aside from a few names, the ship, and the iceberg, there's no resemblance to the real people and events. In this version greedy president of the White Star Line, Bruce Ismay, pushes the Titanic's speed in order to set a new world record in hopes of raising the company's stock price and winning a prestigious Blue Ribbon; meanwhile the ship's only German officer, Petersen, attempts to warn passengers and crew that an impending disaster awaits if the ship isn't slowed down before they reach the ice fields that lie ahead. The film is appalling on so many levels, yet it's rather interesting to see how things have been distorted to fit the anti-British narrative. An obscene piece of propaganda, Titanic failed spectacularly (forgotten almost immediately after it was released) and sank into obscurity.
From Twentieth Century-Fox comes Titanic, the first major motion… MoreFrom Twentieth Century-Fox comes Titanic, the first major motion picture about the Titanic disaster. The story follows a society couple that attempts to reconcile their estranged marriage on the maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic. Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck both give strong performances and have tremendous screen presence. Additionally, the writing (which won an Academy Award) is quite engaging. However, the film glosses over a lot of the actual people and events of the real sinking. Yet despite the lack of historical accuracy, Titanic is an especially well-made film that's dramatic and exciting.
A Night to Remember recounts the tragic tale of the sinking of the… MoreA Night to Remember recounts the tragic tale of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on its maiden voyage after it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Based on Walter Lord's bestselling book, the film follows various Titanic passengers and crew throughout the sinking, along with the rescue efforts (or lack thereof) of the Californian and Carpathia. This is simultaneously the film's greatest strength and weakness; as it allow for an expansive overview of events, but also makes it difficult to get to know individual characters. The model work and special effects are pretty good (for the time), and give a real sense of scope to the tragedy. However, the score is rather bland and doesn't have much emotional resonance to it. Still, while A Night to Remember has some weaknesses, it delivers a compelling portrayal of one of the greatest maritime disasters in history.
A Walk Among the Tombstones is a gritty crime film based on a… MoreA Walk Among the Tombstones is a gritty crime film based on a bestselling book series. The story follows Matt Scudder, a former cop turned private investigator, who's hired by a drug trafficker to find the men that abducted and killed his wife. Liam Neeson gives a solid performance; though he's more or less playing his standard on-the-edge, action-hero character. Still, overall the characters are well-written, and there's a lot of intrigue to the plot. Yet there are some pacing issues, and the murder mystery is a little convoluted. But despite having a few problems, A Walk Among the Tombstones is a suspenseful and intense noir thriller.