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.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (**) – Why build a miracle at all?

It's not that I hate this film. It's got some good, albeit disconnected moments. The task of entering the DC Universe mid-step means it will necessarily be different than the origin story heavy Marvel Universe. A used universe is fine with this reviewer. It just shouldn't have to require one to watch Blade Runner to lighten the mood afterword.

American Ultra (***): Stoned Identity

American Ultra - 2015 Director Nima Nourizadeh Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale Screenplay Max Landis One of the least appealing aspects about Pulp Fiction is the way Tarantino cuts the legs off the ending about halfway through the film. Seeing that Vincent and Marsellus arrive in tact and uninjured from their … Continue reading American Ultra (***): Stoned Identity

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

Now You See Me is a cute date that vanishes after the show

Now You See Me - 2013 Director Louis Leterrier Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Michael Kelley, Elias Koteas Screenplay Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt Now You See Me is the kind of trick that shows you how its done while its setting you up for the next trick.  Four magicians (Eisenberg, Fisher, Harrelson and Franco) … Continue reading Now You See Me is a cute date that vanishes after the show

To Rome with Love – Rented by mistake

\To Rome with Love - 2012 Written and Directed by Woody Allen Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz, Woody Allen, Roberto Begnini, Judy Davis, Greta Gerwig, Allison Pill, Flavio Parenti, Alessandro Tiberi, Alessandra Mastronardi When my wife told me she rented To Rome with Love, she seemed kind of curious.  She no doubt had seen the … Continue reading To Rome with Love – Rented by mistake

30 Minutes or Less: Or Less.

30 Minutes or Less - 2011 Directed by Ruben Fleischer Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dilshad Vadsaria, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Michael Pena, Fred Ward Written by Michael Diliberti 30 Minutes or Less is a nihilistic, sadistic, pessimistic and hedonistic mess trying to pass itself off as a caper movie.  Parts of it work, but other parts make … Continue reading 30 Minutes or Less: Or Less.