‘We Are Your Friends’ Review: Zac Efron Takes On Sex, Drugs And Dance Music But Does He Score?
Sex, drugs, dance music, parties, girls and Zac Efron are the recipe for We Are Your Friends, a late-summer box office entry from Warner Bros that might find a hard time gaining traction (especially with a terrible title that is hard to remember) but is a likable-enough diversion before fall and more serious movies start bombarding us. As I say in my video review (click the link above), this film, thanks to Efron’s sincere performance and adeptness at convincing us he is… Read
‘Narcos’ Review: Netflix’s Pablo Escobar Series Chopped Up & Non-Addictive
The story of the crimes, life and death of Pablo Escobar has long been a pop culture mini-industry unto itself. Even before the Colombian drug warlord died in a shootout in 1993, he and his multibillion-dollar cocaine-supplying Medellín cartel had taken hold of the media and the public's imagination in both South and North America. One day the definitive tale of Escobar will hit the small or big screen, but, as I say in my video review above, the August 28 debut of Netflix… Read
‘Z For Zachariah’ Review: Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Margot Robbie Shine In Post-Apocalyptic Tale
The phrase “everything old is new again” takes on new meaning with the release of the three-hander Z For Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic story in which a nuclear war appears to have wiped out everyone except for a young Southern woman (Margot Robbie), a black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and a mysterious white man (Chris Pine) — seemingly the last three people on Earth, or at least in this corner of it.
As I say in my video review (click the link above), I am not accusing writer… Read
‘Public Morals’ Review: Ed Burns’ TNT ’60s Cop Series Derivative But Cast Dynamic
In a nation obsessed with nostalgia, the Sixties have emerged in recent years as America's favorite decade to look back on. Debuting tonight on TNT, Public Morals isn't going to replace the now over and gone Mad Men as a portal to that time. Still, as my video review above says, while the Ed Burns created, directed and starring NYPD series isn't very original, it does have a very strong supporting cast that you will want to watch.
Burns plays Public Morals Division… Read
‘No Escape’ Review: Owen Wilson Turns Action Star And It Actually Works
The new action thriller No Escape might lack credibility, but it contains such insane intensity and heart-pounding action that it takes your breath away. It doesn’t let up for a minute. Owen Wilson might not pop to mind on the list of top action stars, but he is just right for this role of a husband and father who moves his family to an unnamed Asian country in order to take on a key mission involving water supply that the corporation he works for has sent him to… Read
‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Review: Spinoff Of AMC Blockbuster Strides Strong
With its record-breaking ratings, only fools and horses ever doubted there would be a spinoff of The Walking Dead. Now, nearly six seasons into the blockbuster zombie apocalypse series, AMC and TWD executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert are ready to take that bite with Fear The Walking Dead. The spinoff that debuts August 23 is well worth sinking your TV teeth into.
Sure, it’ll be a much-needed fix until the fall for those… Read
‘Hitman: Agent 47’ Review: It’s Not A Hit, Man
I will confess I am not much of a gamer, and so when I saw the original movie version of Hitman in 2007, I wasn’t even really aware it was based on a popular video game. The movie was, I guess, enough of a profitable hit globally to constitute this sequel or reboot eight years later, but time, a new director and a casting change has not improved the product. As I say in my video review (click the link above) it is still the same old shoot-’em-up, dumbed-down action stuff… Read
‘Blunt Talk’ Review: Patrick Stewart’s Starz Comedy Nails Pitfalls Of Celebrity
If the new series from creator Jonathan Ames and executive producer Seth MacFarlane was just a mix between another Network-inspired show about journalism and some very consistently bad behavior on the part of Patrick Stewart's cable news host Walter Blunt, it would be hard to recommend giving such a collection of clichés much of your time. However, Blunt Talk, which debuts August 22 on Starz, is more than that and worth going along for the ride. As my video review above… Read
‘American Ultra’ Review: Can Jesse Eisenberg Save The World, Kristen Stewart AND This Stoner Movie?
Let’s get it out the way. American Ultra is an ultra dumb, ultra violent stoner comedy Lionsgate is throwing against the wall to see if it sticks at the box office in the dog days of August. But as I say in my video review (click the link above), it does have a real saving grace. Star Jesse Eisenberg’s performance rescues the whole thing as a paranoid stoner who unbeknownst to him has been possessed with the powers of an elite super killer. Watching him go through the… Read
‘Cop Car’ Review: Kevin Bacon At His Best In Jon Watts’ Brilliant Crime Drama
I have usually avoided the idea of VOD like the plague; I believe in the big-screen experience. But it is becoming apparent that video-on-demand is the only way some very deserving films — increasingly starring some big movie names — will get seen by any kind of sizable audience. Every week there are numerous titles being released in a handful of theaters day-and-date with VOD. A lot of Sundance Film Festival titles in particular are turning up this way (I caught another… Read
‘Show Me A Hero’ Review: HBO Miniseries Reveals New Heights For David Simon & Paul Haggis
In an age of so much good television, David Simon, William Zorzi and Paul Haggis have pushed themselves to a new level of excellence with Show Me A Hero. As I say in my video review above, watch the HBO miniseries debuting on August 16. Whether you sit down on Sunday night to watch or DVR it, HBO GO it or HBO NOW it, don't miss this extraordinary effort.
Show Me A Hero is based on Lisa Belkin’s 1999 book of the same title about the divisive real-life battle over… Read
‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Review: Iconic ’60s Spy Series Adaptation A Blast From The Past
One of the more beloved TV series of the 1960s was certainly NBC’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which was the network’s way of answering the James Bond craze. Robert Vaughn starred as CIA agent Napoleon Solo, who was teamed with KGB agent Illya Kuryakin played by David McCallum. For years, Warner Bros has been trying to mount a movie version of the iconic show and finally, thanks to the inventive direction of Guy Ritchie, it is on the screen and looking good. It’s fun stuff… Read