Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Case of You: Movie Review


   


A case of a potentially good and funny movie falling victim to a cliché romance.
“A Case of You” stars Justin Long as Sam, a writer of bad fantasy/sci-fi/action movies turned into books. He recognizes the lack of creativity and talent that’s required to turn “Teen Vampire” into a book, and is trying to write his own novel of substance. Without much of a life to fall back on, he’s struggling, and his attempts include every humorous cliché after every humorous cliché. 2013

Directed by: Kat Coiro

Screenplay by: Christian Long, Justin Long and Keir O'Donnell

Starring: Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dom Hemingway: Movie Review


Jude Law attempts to carry a structurally problematic comedic crime film about the 
vulgar and crass Dom Hemingway.

Jude Law opens “Dom Hemingway” with a monologue about his male member. Apparently, it’s exquisite. He’s in prison, or more accurately, was in prison, and he’s now getting out after twelve years. He has scores to settle and after some intense violent rages, we don’t know what else Dom Hemingway is going to get up to. 2013

Directed by: Richard Shepard

Screenplay by: Richard Shepard

Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Miss in Her Teens: Movie Review


A 1700s play complete with Old English dialogue and antiquated situations.

“Miss in Her Teens” is an 18th Century set British production of the same-titled 1747 play by David Garrick. It’s a comedy about the young lady Biddy Belair (Tori Hart) and her many suitors. Her betrothed is off to war but there’s a whole bounty of men fighting for her affections. And we have a 1700s comedy of affairs driven by light-hearted humour of selfishness, rumours and misunderstandings. 2014

Directed by: Matthew Butler

Screenplay by: Matthew Butler, Tori Hart

Starring: Tori Hart, Adam Alexander

Friday, April 18, 2014

Better Living Through Chemistry: Movie Review


An amusing full-circle story that detours through many different genres.

Advertised as a comedy, “Better Living Through Chemistry” might seem like the next “The Wolf of Wall Street” with Sam Rockwell having an affair and a joyride involving sex and drugs, lots of drugs. But curiously, the idyllic small-town opening and Rockwell’s depressed, every-man Doug Varney suggests that the movie is actually about a mid-life crisis taking place in a superficial suburban community. 2014

Directed by: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier

Screenplay by: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Ken Howard

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Date and Switch: Movie Review


   


A "bro" and "dude" take on a familiar story making it sweet and funny with a simple originality.
“Date and Switch” stars Nicholas Braun and Hunter Cope as best friends Michael and Matty who have made a pact that they’re going to lose their virginity before their high school prom. What sounds like the gazillionth film in a long line of “American Pie” rip-offs luckily has a refreshing twist when Matty comes out and tells his best friend that he’s gay. 2014

Directed by: Chris Nelson

Screenplay by: Alan Yang

Starring: Nicholas Braun and Hunter Cope

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Movie Review


   


A beautiful, funny story that is just as smart as it is nonsensical.
Wes Anderson’s latest film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” opens at the elaborate Grand Budapest Hotel with a storied history located in the fictional former empire Zubrowka in Eastern Europe. Young Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori) is an aspiring lobby boy for the famed concierge Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes). The elder takes Zero under his wing and the two begin a trek across mythical lands. 2014

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Screenplay by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Draft Day: Movie Review


   


Costner’s back on his game, and it’s enjoyable if not predictable.
“Draft Day” takes place on the day of the NFL draft. We start in Seattle where the Seahawks have the number one pick and are sitting pretty. They could be sitting even prettier if they can find a city desperate enough and dumb enough to trade away their entire future for a possible franchise player. So the action shifts to Cleveland. The championship-less city is a good choice to be the butt of the jokes. The underdog Ohioans don’t mind. 2014

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Screenplay by: Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph

Starring: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Alan Partridge: Movie Review


   


Parodying action movies with a typically British zany treatment.
Meet Alan Partridge. He’s a radio DJ and has a way with words which makes it very clear that he doesn’t have a way with words after all. He’s not a people person but he does have some understanding of what people respond to. For British comedy fans, they probably already knew this as Alan was first created in the 1990s as part of “On the Hour,” and now his creator, Steve Coogan, has brought him to the big screen. 2013

Directed by: Declan Lowney

Screenplay by: Steve Coogan, Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons

Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney