Downsizing (***1/2) You may find yourself…

As for me, the best parts of the film, the idea of my thousands of dollars becoming millions and living a life of tiny luxury, are cut short by the reality that Payne never seems to be able to shed himself. It's really depressing at times. But not as depressing as you'd think. 

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The Martian (****1/2) – The good of the one…

The Martian - 2015 Director Ridley Scott Screenplay Drew Goddard based on the book by Andy Weir Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong In a time in which one person taking the lives of many others gets so much attention, it is nice to see a work of art … Continue reading The Martian (****1/2) – The good of the one…

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - 2014 Writer & Director Dean DeBlois Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington Screenplay based on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell There was a real concern when How To Train Your Dragon was followed by a television series.  So much talent was … Continue reading How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is long and necessary for the survival of the human race

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - 2013 Director Adam McKay Actors Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Harrison Ford Writers Ferrell and McKay As a sequel to one of the great comedies of modernity, Anchorman 2 was bound to disappoint.  And disappoint it does, early and often.  There are too … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is long and necessary for the survival of the human race

Despicable Me 2 (***): The great average

Despicable Me 2 - 2013 Directors Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong Screenplay Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio It's a simple premise.  Put a threadbare story involving super criminals, make one a loveable doof who can't resist cute kids (who can?), throw in some adorable Igor types and then you've … Continue reading Despicable Me 2 (***): The great average