Show Dogs: Overly Edgy Kid Flick Has Little for Adults

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1.5 out of 5 stars (one of the worst films I’ve seen this year) Show Dogs is one of the strangest kid films I’ve ever seen.  Not since Kangaroo Jack has a movie been so confused about who its audience is, containing jokes about inbreeding, disassociation, and other things you don’t want to explain to your child.  Add a terrible script with an awkwardly miscast Will Arnett as the human lead, and you have a Continue Reading

Millennials: Skip this Book Club

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2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) I know I am not the target audience for Book Club.  In fact, the only reason I saw it was because I got the times wrong for another movie, and Book Club was the only other option at that time.  However, I was fully ready to embrace the film, be surprised, or have a laugh.  I wanted to enjoy this movie, but the longer it dragged on, the less inertia Continue Reading

Melissa McCarthy’s Newest a Decent Party Film

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2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) Life of the Party may have the slightest plot I’ve seen in 2018, and I’m okay with that (seriously, An Extremely Goofy Movie had more narrative thrust than this).  In a time when most big Hollywood releases are trying to cram “important messages” down our throats, Life of the Party comes along to give us a good laugh.  This is not Melissa McCarthy’s funniest movie, nor her best Continue Reading

Abandon Ship From Anna Faris’ New Comedy

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1 out of 5 stars (one of the worst films I've ever seen) This article appeared on on May 14, 2018. I’ve been reviewing movies since 2005, and I’ve seen a lot of clunkers.  From offensive tripe like Daddy’s Home to the incompetence that is Furry Vengeance, I’ve had my fair share of displeasure at the multiplex.  However, no theatrically-released film has ever been so awful to the Continue Reading

Bosch Season 4: Amazon’s Dark Crime Drama Explores Topical Themes, but is Anticlimactic

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3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) I entered Bosch’s 4th season totally cold.  While TV crime dramas don’t usually interest me, this season of Bosch enthralled with its grounded narrative, flawed characters, and intelligent writing.  I spent the first 9 episodes on the edge of my couch, but was sadly let down by an underwhelming finale that, while emotionally satisfying, lacked the urgency of what came Continue Reading

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A Super Sequel with Brains

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4 out of 5 stars (one of the best in its series) Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a prime example of how to do a sequel right.  It builds on everything that was good about its predecessor while still being a solid standalone movie.  I also applaud the inclusion of pointed political commentary that actually feels like it was researched and understood by the screenwriters before it was placed in the Continue Reading