Late Night (***1/2) is the new talent becoming a skill

This film would is better than anything of it's kind in the '80's and it's better than most comedies in the last decade. It's just not a high bar.

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Central Intelligence (**1/2): A measure of the Rock’s comedic flexing ability

Let's be serious though. This isn't mensa material. It's a big dumb action comedy. There is nothing here as funny as Thurber's Terry Tate, Office Linebacker and thank goodness there is nothing nearly as bad as We're The Millers. It might get a few sequels, and that's fine. I'm pretty sure I won't remember one joke in 5 years, but I will smile when I think about it, just the same.

Birdman (***1/2): Who is this guy?

Birdman - 2014 Director Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Lindsay Duncan Screenplay Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo It's during the second balcony scene with Mike and Sam (Norton and Stone) that one begins to realize how riveting Birdman has become. It's not that the script is all that wonderful, … Continue reading Birdman (***1/2): Who is this guy?

Escape Plan (***): Character actors beware

  Escape Plan - 2013 Director Mikael Håfström Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill, Faran Tahir Screenplay Miles Chapman, Jason Keller Having skipped many of Sylvester Stallone's mid '80's early '90's fare, such as Over The Top, Lock Up, Cobra, Oscar, Stop! or my Mom will Shoot, etc., I sometimes wondered if … Continue reading Escape Plan (***): Character actors beware

Win Win shows the epic heart of Giamatti

Win Win - 2011 Written and Directed by Thomas McCarthy Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale, Burt Young, Alex Shaffer, Melanie Lynskey, Margo Martindale, David W. Thompson Win Win is a movie so effortlessly amazing that it makes you happy to be alive just long enough to have viewed it.  Each performance … Continue reading Win Win shows the epic heart of Giamatti