Film Review: “War Dogs”

Based on a true story, the action keeps the film flowing smoothly without becoming preachy. As one of the last films of the summer season, “War Dogs” is definitely one to watch before you end your summer vacation.

Film Review: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

“Kubo” will surely be keeping Disney and Pixar on the edge of their seat come award season. Laika Studios is proving to be a worthy adversary and showing that stop-motion can be just as colorfully lively, emotionally heartbreaking and creatively inspiring, than a lost fish in the sea or what your pets do while you’re at work.

Film Review: “Hell or High Water”

“Hell or High Water” captures the rustic West, the deep-seeded “Don’t Mess with Texas” attitude of its characters and the unflinching misery of living in impoverished small town America. It flips between jovial Western and teeth gritting thriller flawlessly.

Film Review: “Sausage Party”

The first half-hour of “Sausage Party” is a comedy masterpiece. With great jokes and an amazing musical number, the film delivers on all cylinders. However, when the “chosen” ones realize what the outside world has in store for them, it becomes a hit or miss comedy. And a filthy one.

Film Review: “Pete’s Dragon”

“Pete’s Dragon” is a sure bet for families needing a Summer escape and a positive message, but just like the original, this remake may inevitably end up in the Disney discount bin.

Film Review: “Suicide Squad”

“Suicide Squad” is a wham-bam action punch with enough exuberant and unique performances to help overshadow the lacking plot structure. You’ll be talking about Robbie’s Harley Quinn more than you will about Leto’s Joker

Film Review: “Bad Moms”

It makes sense that the film is directed and written by the writers of “The Hangover” because it shares a lot of that film’s DNA. Three people, mismatched at times, decide to cut loose with alcohol and dirty talk.

Film Review: “Nerve”

“Nerve” is a sleek techno thriller utilizing America’s current craving for online infamy, naive adolescent sensibilities, and the mob mentality that the Internet has created.

Film Review: “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”

Like the best laid plans of a “Saturday Night Live” inspired film, the bits only work in small doses. Exposing the girls to 90 minutes of screen time leads to a lot of hit-and-miss jokes and outrageous situations.

Film Review: “Ghostbusters”

The new installment is pretty damn funny and stands as tall as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

Film Review: “The Infiltrator”

We’ve seen “The Infiltrator” before. There are plenty of movies about the lengthy history of the worldwide drug war. But Cranston’s multi-faceted acting abilities create tension and heart pounding action where there isn’t.

Film Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” has four actors that have no chemistry and are recycling vulgar jokes and punchlines from much better films. This movie should have been called “Zac, Aubrey, Adam and Anna Wanted to go to Hawaii”.

Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets

“The Secret Life of Pets” is from the same studio that brought you the adorable Minions from the “Despicable Me” films, and the animation is amazing. One scene finds our two pups in water that looks so realistic you can feel the wetness.

Film Review: “The Legend of Tarzan”

“The Legend of Tarzan” is a contrived, silly blockbuster. But on that same note, it’s an entertaining, and funny, summer escape.

Film Review: “RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”

Told with the same exuberance as the filmmakers being profiled, “RAIDERS!” shares the backstory of the production, including footage both from the film and behind the scenes.

Film Review: “The BFG”

Based on Roald Dahl’s book, in the hands of director Spielberg, “The BFG” becomes a new masterpiece that the whole family will enjoy.

Film Review: “The Purge: Election Year”

“The Purge: Election Year” is the best of three, but still more of the same. It’s not a smart, tongue-in-cheek look at our inherently violent culture, race relations, or the current American class struggle. But it’s a chance to watch and cheer on our most animalistic tendencies, killing people who are holding us down.

Film Review: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Five stars. An unconventional spin on the tried-and-true old mentor meeting his younger match that manages to be action packed, unpredictable and heartfelt without veering into the saccharine territory oft trod by coming of age stories…Julian Dennison delivers a star-making performance.

Film Review: Free State of Jones

“Free State of Jones” is another; white man comes to save the day for minorities, history lesson from Hollywood.

Film Review: “A Fat Wreck: The Punk U Mentary”

“A Fat Wreck: The Punk U Mentary” is half inspirational story of chosen family and community and half debauchery as it tells the story of Fat Wreck Chords founder Fat Mike (bassist for the band NOFX) and his ex-wife Erin-Kelly Burkett.

Film Review: “Central Intelligence”

Funny as hell, with a sweet message built in, “Central Intelligence” is successful in part thanks to its genius casting, which makes Hart the Bud Abbott-like straight man while Johnson grabs the majority of the laughs.

Film Review: “Finding Dory”

It’s known that Pixar is willing to do sequel, just as long as it’s as emotionally resonant and intellectually stimulating as the original. “Finding Dory” does both, even while treading familiar waters.

Film Review: Warcraft

“Warcraft” is a bore in desperate need of a skip button. It’s another lazy attempt by the studios to cash on naïve videogamers.

Film Review: “Weiner”

A true “fly on the wall” documentary, “Weiner” gives the viewer almost unfettered access to the man and his campaign.

Film Review: “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”

It does drag on some but Samberg’s performance is so infectious that you’re willing to let a couple slow parts go by.

Film Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”

The CGI spectacle steps in where the script is missing, providing mouth silencing eye candy for the kids. So if you’re in need of a two hour daycare, this might be your best bet.

Film Review: “It’s So Easy And Other Lies”

One half performance footage from Duff’s book reading at The Moore Theater in Seattle, WA and one half documentary consisting of archival footage and new interviews with former/current band members and friends. “It’s So Easy And Other Lies” is a unique spin on your standard biographical documentary.

Film Review “The Nice Guys”

4 Stars. Outrageously funny from start to finish…The two leads play off each other perfectly.

Film Review: “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”

It’s just unfortunate that such an enlightening movie has to hammer home its theme at nearly every chance it can get. It’s nice to see that the five male writers were willing to flip the script and poke fun at the overtly sexual nature of college men who see women as objects.

Film Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

X-Meh “With a cast that includes three Oscar-nominees, it seems like they may have gotten bored with their roles. All do good work here, but there almost seems to be a look of relief in their eyes that they’re done with the spandex for good. “

Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

5 Stars. Marvel has seriously outdone themselves once again. Civil War is a near-flawless cinematic experience that neatly packages one of the most pivotal story lines in comic book history.

Film Review “Keanu”

I urge you to head to the theatre. You won’t be disappointed.

TFF Film Review: “High-Rise”

From the brutalist production design to a stunning score by Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream), High-Rise is a darkly humorous, sexy, and oftentimes grotesque cinematic experience.

Film Review “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba”

“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” feels like a TV movie with a few ‘F’ bombs to spice it up

Film Review “Mother’s Day”

As for all you hard working moms in the world out there, you do deserve a movie that loves and supports you, but “Mother’s Day” is not that movie

Film Review “Green Room”

Once we get our fill of Nazi symbolism, hidden drug rooms, and knives to the stomach and throat, the “Green Room” is forgettable

Tribeca Film Fest Review: “Holidays”

Horror anthologies thrive on bringing a lot of different things to the table…but if there’s one thing they shouldn’t be, it’s boring. And for seven out of eight of these, I was just plain bored.

Film Review “Elvis & Nixon”

The film moves quickly, buoyed by the performances of its stars.

Film Review “The Invitation”

Fans of the horror movie genre might be able to pick up on what’s going on, but not without a lot of fight and sway by “The Invitation”.

Film Review “Criminal”

“Criminal” takes itself too seriously to be enjoyably farcical and its characters are too inherently silly to be earnest.

Film Review “The Jungle Book”

Told through the amazing use of computer generation, “The Jungle Book” is very faithful to the animated film that proceeds

Film Review “Born to Be Blue”

A bio-pic that flits around, “Born to Be Blue” takes its name from one of Baker’s best known songs.

Film Review “Demolition”

Demolition is poignant, yet emotionally rejuvenating. It’s a visually entertaining story, with an at-times confusing narrative.

Film Review “The Boss”

A film that is both funny and works to McCarthy’s strengths. It is a little over the top at times (and a little more “adult” than you might expect) but it’s definitely a film that will make you laugh out loud.

Film Review “I Saw the Light”

“The onslaught of darkness in I Saw the Light is it makes Williams’s untimely passing at age 29 feel like a foregone conclusion. Still, as a showcase for the versatile Hiddleston and fiery Olsen, I Saw the Light impresses.” This film is playing in NY, LA & Nashville, nationwide on Friday.

Film Review “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

As a big fan of both Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine, I enjoyed most of the film.

DVD Review: Judas Priest “Battle Cry”

Though not the first live concert performance release from metal gods Judas Priest it is however the first live release from the band to cover material from practically every album including “Redeemer of Souls”.

Film Review “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

It’s hard to predict where “Batman V. Superman” will fall in the inevitable grand scheme of things

Film Review “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”

Let me talk to the few of you who have never seen these movies and may be interested in possibly starting this series. Don’t. Just don’t.

Film Review “10 Cloverfield Lane”

A word to the wise; if you go into this film looking for the monsters from J.J. Abrams film “Cloverfield” you may be disappointed. However, if you are in the mood for a small and satisfying thriller, then brave the bunker at “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

Film Review “American Bred”

A smartly made film that compares in style with “The Departed,” “American Bred” is a classic mob movie with a modern twist

Film Review “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Well-made and much more serious than it’s being marketed, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” gives Tina Fey to flex some acting chops you may not know she possessed

Film Review “Zootopia”

A week after the 88th Academy Awards, we’re already looking at next year’s contender for Best Animated Feature

Film Review “Gods of Egypt”

“Gods of Egypt” is that it’s a decent waste of two hours, but I wouldn’t recommend you drop a single buck on this one.

Film Review “Triple 9”

The action set-pieces are well performed and director Hillcoat keeps the film moving from the first frame to the last.

Film Review “Eddie The Eagle”

“Eddie the Eagle” doesn’t soar as high as it could have, but at least it doesn’t crash.

Film Review “Forsaken”

If you’re a fan of the genre’ you won’t be disappointed by FORSAKEN.

Film Review “Risen”

Most religious movies feel phony and cheesy when preaching the Gospel, but “Risen” presents it for what it is, what it means, and the good natured spirit of it all.

Film Review “The Witch”

Watching The Witch is a study in psychological stress. It’s slow-paced and deliberate, and it leaves you with the feeling that you’ve seen something that you weren’t supposed to.

Film Review: “Where to Invade Next”

Fans of Moore will appreciate his ideas behind the film. Those who aren’t probably won’t. To them I suggest moving to Germany, where your local doctor can write you a prescription for a three-week stay at a posh spa to relieve the tension.

Film Review “Zoolander 2”

Stiller and Wilson give their all (it’s obvious that they enjoy working together), but it’s not enough to save this film.

Film Review “Deadpool

A superhero film is only as good as the actor playing him and, if ever an actor was meant to play Deadpool, it is Ryan Reynolds.

Film Review “45 Years”

A fine alternative if you’re tired of bears, both grizzlies and pandas.

Film Review “The Choice”

What makes this film a notch above other cookie-cutter Sparks adaptations is a strong cast

Film Review “Hail, Caesar!”

“Hail, Caesar!” is rich with witty dialogue involving thick-headed actors and sophisticated directors

Film Review “Two Rabbits”

Portions of the film play like a straight-up thriller, others like a scene taken directly from the video game “Grand Theft Auto.”

Film Review “The Finest Hours”

Technically the film is top notch. The special effects are well done and the various period pieces take you back to a time…

Film Review “I Am Thor”

“I Am Thor” is more than just your basic rise, fall and rise again type of documentary.

Film Review “The 5th Wave”

The following plea is for Chloe Grace Moretz: “PLEASE FIND A NEW AGENT!”

Film Review “Anomalisa”

Visually, “Anomalisa” draws you in with its 3D puppets populating the world

Film Review “Ride Along 2”

“Ride Along 2” isn’t insultingly bad, but it’s biggest problem is that it’s indolent

Film Review “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

“13 Hours” ranks with “Platoon” as a true depiction of what war really is

Film Review “The Revenant”

This is, in my opinion, the best film of 2015

Film Review “Daddy’s Home”

All in all, when the kids are disappointed that “Star Wars” is sold out, you can have a little fun with them here

Film Review “Concussion”

Built on a solid performance by Will Smith

Film Review “Point Break (2015)”

Dumb is the only word I would use to describe 2015’s “Point Break”.

Film Review “Youth”

On one hand, “Youth” is an audio, visual, and acting triumph, but on the other hand, “Youth” is a curious dud.

Film Review “Joy”

The highlight of “Joy” is watching Lawrence at work

Film Review “The Hateful Eight”

Over-the-top bloody…so be prepared for an adult evening out. And an entertaining one.

Film Review “The Big Short”

Make an investment in “The Big Short”…it’s a sure thing!

Film Review “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens”

As the most anticipated film release that I can remember in some time, “The Force Awakens” has some big shoes to fill. And fill them it does.

Film Review “In the Heart of the Sea”

“In the Heart of the Sea” finds entertainment when it relies on the strength of its actors and captures the feeling of isolation amongst the crisp, calm sea.

Film Review “Victor Frankenstein”

“Victor Frankenstein”…is out before the holidays to bore audiences instead of terrifying them.

Film Review “Creed”

Whether you look at it as a continuation of the “Rocky” saga or take it in as a stand-alone film, “Creed” is a crowd pleaser!

Film Review “The Good Dinosaur”

From the PIXAR division of Disney, “The Good Dinosaur” is a visual treat for the eyes

Film Review “The Looking Glass”

As the holiday season ascends upon us, I hope you find the time to take a trip through “The Looking Glass.” You will be entertained by what you find.

Film Review “Carol”

A beautifully crafted romantic drama from Todd Haynes (of 2002’s lauded Far From Heaven). Haynes once again showcases the 1950s as the backdrop for simmering social tensions and stellar work from his lead actresses.

Film Review “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”

“Hunger Games” is another instance where the story would have been much better off as one impactful final movie than two alright flicks.

Film Review “Spotlight”

Put it all together and “Spotlight” is one of the year’s best films!

Film Review “The Night Before”

“The Night Before” spikes the eggnog and laces the mistletoe with hallucinogens, but it accomplishes that rare Christmas miracle, of making my Grinch heart grow three sizes

Film Review “Love the Coopers”

“Love the Coopers” is full of incomplete characters and so many cliché’s stolen from other holiday films

Film Review “The 33”

Based on true events, and well balanced, the story of “The 33” may be a surprise to many who only know the basics of the event

Film Review “Room”

Emotionally exhausting, “Room” is a film that you will continue to think of long after you’ve left the theatre

Film Review “My All American”

“My All American” has the heart and soul we’ve seen in other sports movie, but it doesn’t deliver it in an entertaining or touching fashion

Film Review “Spectre”

Director Mendes, who helmed the amazing “Skyfall,” keeps the action coming as Bond travels all over the world in his quest for satisfaction

Film Review “The Peanuts Movie”

Five decades of memories are treated with the respect they deserve in the new film “The Peanuts Movie.”

Film Review “Burnt”

Well known fiery chef Gordon Ramsay served as an executive producer on the film so I have no doubt Cooper based his performance on him, one that is strong but not over the top.

Film Review “Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse”

For every hilarious scene “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” conjures up, there’s at least two or three that don’t even nip at the funny bone.

Film Review “The Last Witch Hunter”

I’m tempted to say this movie blows and leave it at that…

New York Film Fest Review: “Steve Jobs”

Danny Boyle has delivered not the complete biography Jobs, but an energetic strong impression of the man behind the curtain. And the iPod.