Rio 2 (***1/2) First, do no harm

RIO 2 - 2014 Director Carlos Saldanha Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am Screenplay Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks, Yoni Brenner Rio was a beautiful success in 2011, despite having an all to familiar story and some ridiculous characters.  The film has one of the most beautiful color palettes in recent memory and it's sequel is even … Continue reading Rio 2 (***1/2) First, do no harm

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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

White House Down: Because White House Up is too heavy

White House Down - 2013 Director Roland Emmerich Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, James Woods, Joey King Screenplay James Vanderbilt Rule 604: Kids are convenient vehicles for jingoistic propaganda.  Make it look like they still believe. Rule 606: It also helps if the president looks at the capital scene with wide-eyed wonder. Rule 607: Throwing out snippets … Continue reading White House Down: Because White House Up is too heavy

Django Unchained: If Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t win an Oscar, there is no justice

Django Unchained - 2012 Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Michael Parks, Dennis Christopher There is a scene that resonates deeply.  On the way into Candyland, Jamie Foxx's freed slave, Django, rides along a group of men in chains. … Continue reading Django Unchained: If Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t win an Oscar, there is no justice

Horrible Bosses is not nearly as bad as it’s title

Horrible Bosses - 2011 Directed by Seth Gordon Starring Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland Written by Michael Markowitz, John Frances Daley, Jonathan Goldstein In the ever perfectly fitting placement of poor Hollywood screenwriting, three high school friends find themselves stuck between a rock and … Continue reading Horrible Bosses is not nearly as bad as it’s title