War Dogs (***1/2) Laughing is Crying

In all War Dogs is a funny and sad film. To imagine a Guildenstern and Rosencrantz existence in the midst of George Bush's Hamlet with Dick Cheney playing Uncle Claudius is an image to behold.

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Divergent Series: Allegiant (***) gets worse than it gives

If they'd finished, the series, it likely would not have been improved much. The same can be said for every film set that tried the same gimmick outside of the last Harry Potter film. In that case, the first one was the let down. Still, there are worse ways to pass a rainy Sunday. The Hunger Games series, for instance. Too bad the bottom didn't fall out on that series first.

Fantastic Four (***) – Time spent in the negative zone

Fantastic Four - 2015 Director Josh Trank Writers Trank and Simon Kinberg Starring Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Simon Kinberg, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson The politics of Hollywood perspective mean that often times below average movies are given a free pass for not being better (see Transformers series) and … Continue reading Fantastic Four (***) – Time spent in the negative zone

Whiplash (*****) dashes your hopes

Whiplash - 2014 Writer and Director Damien Chazelle Starring  J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser If you are looking for the inspirational story of the year, this is not it. If you are looking to see a movie about justice, it is not this film. Whiplash is almost unidentifiable in nature, in that the … Continue reading Whiplash (*****) dashes your hopes

Divergent aims low, but hits the mark

Divergent - 2014 Director Neil Burger Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort Screenplay by Eva Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor, based on the book by Veronica Roth  Divergent is another movie covering the ever-increasing line of books made for younger readers, but enjoyed by … Continue reading Divergent aims low, but hits the mark

The Spectacular Now (****)- Young, drunk and full of hope.

The Spectacular Now - 2013 Director James Ponsoldt Starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Bob Odenkirk, Andre Royer, Dayo Okeniyi, Kaitlyn Dever Screenplay Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber based on the book by Tim Tharp There is a time after Sutter and Aimee (Teller and Woodley) share a most intimate moment where she lays there and looks … Continue reading The Spectacular Now (****)- Young, drunk and full of hope.

21 & Over is good crass comedy

21 & Over - 2013 Writers & Directors Jon Lucas, Scott Moore Starring Justin Chon, Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright, Francois Chau, Samantha Futerman How many times has this movie been made?  Twice, maybe three times a year.  Young, seemingly responsible kid (Justin Chon) out with friends for one more night of wild debauched fun … Continue reading 21 & Over is good crass comedy