Golden Sombrero: The Haunting (*) is lukewarm chills

This is a bad movie. Really it's more sad than anything.

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Wonder (****1/2) is something that everyone should experience

My complaints are trivial compared to what this movie gets right. I have to be honest, I was crying from about the 10 minute mark through to the end. My oldest daughter and her friend were in a constant state of tears, too. My youngest even found a lot of this felt true to the challenges she goes through. This film is honest, painful, but mostly it's optimistic. This is my favorite film of the year and it is the kind of story that goes a long way to improving the human experience. And if my view of the film is colored by my personal experiences, I wish I could have used these colors years ago.

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 Written and Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori Wes Anderson films inspire a groundswell of apathy from me.  Often his work feels like Jazz to me, a form of art given much credit, even … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel: Having a story to tell can do wonders

The Internship: …and we learned so much about ourselves going to the nudie bar

The Internship -2013 Director Shawn Levy Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Joanna Garcia, Josh Brener, John Goodman, Dylan O'Brien, Tiya Sircar, Jessica Szohr, Aasif Mandvi, Josh Gad Screenplay by Vaughn and Jared Stern The Internship plays like a mixture of the worst elements of every college film ever made.  This time the college is the coolest place to work in the world. … Continue reading The Internship: …and we learned so much about ourselves going to the nudie bar

The Big Year is a good idea if money is no object

The Big Year Extended Edition - 2011 Directed by David Frankel Starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, JoBeth Williams, Brian Dennehy, Dianne Wiest, John Cleese, Joel McHale, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parsons, Rashida Jones, Anjelica Houston, Rosamund Pike, Anthony Anderson, Corbin Bernsen, Kevin Pollak, Al Roker, Stephen Weber Written by Howard Franklin Steve Martin, Jack Black and … Continue reading The Big Year is a good idea if money is no object

Midnight in Paris: In which Owen Wilson plays a talkative Surfer Hebrew…

Midnight in Paris - 2011 Written and Directed by Woody Allen Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Tom Hiddelston, Michael Sheen, Corey Stoll, Marian Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrian Brody, Léa Seydoux Ernest Hemingway: I think a woman is equal to a man in courage. Have you ever shot a charging lion? Adriana: Never. Ernest Hemingway: Would you … Continue reading Midnight in Paris: In which Owen Wilson plays a talkative Surfer Hebrew…

Cars 2 Looks like Pixar, plays like something less

Cars 2 - 2011 Directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis Written by Ben Queen Starring Owen Wilson, Larry The Cable Guy,  Bonnie Hunt, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschman, Eddie Izzard, Bruce Campbell, Tony Shaloub Discovering that the next Pixar sequel coming out was to be Cars 2 was disappointing.  Finding out that it … Continue reading Cars 2 Looks like Pixar, plays like something less