Zombieland: Double Tap (***1/2) is more of what you know

There are some new characters that stick around only until the joke starts to smell of zombie flesh. There are some pleasant surprises. Mostly, though, we're here just to see these people use the same lines we are used to...and maybe one new one.

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The Favourite (****) Rabbits on the loose

#thefavourite "The placement of rabbits looms large in this film. She who pays attention to what they signify may be rewarded, even if they still don't belong on the loose. They belong in cages, not running lose in the castle."

La La Land (***1/2) The portrait of the artist(s) looks familiar

If you like the elements of a musical, the artist staying true to their dream and romance, you will like and possibly love this film. I am firmly in the former category.

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?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (***): If you can work it in

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: 2014 Director Marc Webb Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field Screenplay Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner The opening segment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems like it could really be fun. The actor most suited for the role, Andrew Garfield, … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (***): If you can work it in

Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?

Movie 43 - 2013 Directors Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Adam Cagely, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Devin Eash, Anna Faris, Richard … Continue reading Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?

Gangster Squad: Which way is Zombieland?

Gangster Squad - 2013 Director Ruben Fleischer Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña , Merielle Enos Screenplay Will Beall from Tales from Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman Gangster Squad is not nearly as bad as has been reported.  It's nowhere near as good as it could have been.  It's … Continue reading Gangster Squad: Which way is Zombieland?

CPE and Em: The Amazing Spider-man may not be necessary, but it is good.

The Amazing Spider-Man - 2012 Directed by Marc Webb Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Embeth Davidtz, Chris Zylka Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves, James Vanderbilt There is a moment when Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) takes the obligatory bullet early on, but not early enough, … Continue reading CPE and Em: The Amazing Spider-man may not be necessary, but it is good.

The Help is better than a pie full

The Help - 2011 Directed by Tate Taylor Starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney, Mary Steenburgen Written by   Taylor  based on The Help by Kathryn Stockett When thinking of how to view The Help, I think of it in terms of how to … Continue reading The Help is better than a pie full