Category: Popcorn Movie Reviews

Movie Review: “All Is Lost” If That’s What you’re Looking For

While only tangential to a discussion of director J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost,” it occurs that we are a species of comparers. To wit, the question most asked of your humble auditor this week: Whose performance is better, Robert Redford as a yachtsmen adrift in the Indian Ocean in this movie, or Sandra Bullock as the lost-in-space medical officer in “Gravity?”

Movie Review: “Last Vegas” Is A Comedy For The Ages

If you find yourself smiling, chuckling and even guffawing at the antics of the four old pals who gather for a bachelor party, wedding and reunion in director Jon Turteltaub’s “Last Vegas,” you’re probably giving away your age. But don’t worry. To coin a phrase, what happens in “Last Vegas” stays in “Last Vegas.” Get used to it. Odds are good that before the Baby Boomers all go to that Woodstock in the sky there will be many an homage to their cluster.

Movie Review: “Carrie” Is A Moving Comeuppance

As you view the tragic story of teenager Carrie White, emotively portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz, odds are your hard drive will recall a shameful instance of victimization that took place at your own high school. Mr. King has made Carrie the poster child for this cruel depravity, his narrative ostensibly a contemporary folk-horror known to most, replete with extravagantly punishing moral lesson.

Movie Review: “Captain Phillips” Commands Your Attention

Amidst the myriad of political, emotional and economic perplexities blisteringly explored in director Paul Greengrass’s “Captain Phillips,” there is only one sure truth: Tom Hanks, who portrays the title character, does not rest on his laurels. Boy oh boy, this is relentlessly taut, seat-edged stuff, astutely conceived, directed and acted.

Movie Review: “Gravity” Pulls You in

Advisory: Arrange to take in a lighthearted comedy immediately after seeing director Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity,” a tension-filled space adventure like nothing in recent memory. You will need said antidote. My stomach has just stopped churning enough for me to write this review.

Movie Review: “Thanks for Sharing” – Something’s Gotta Give

“Sexual addiction?” skeptically muses Gwyneth Paltrow’s Phoebe in Stuart Blumberg’s “Thanks for Sharing” after Mark Ruffalo’s Adam divulges his affliction. “I thought that’s just something guys use if they get caught cheating.” Precisely, just what most of us thought. However, per this very well written, illuminating tale, a fiction doubtlessly inspired by some very hard facts, the sad truth is otherwise.