Joy (2015)

Joy (2015)

Joy presents Jennifer Lawrence with her meatiest role since Ree in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, which fast-tracked her rise to one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses. With some of the lighter roles she’s taken on in recent years it’s easy to forget how effortlessly she can carry a film. Her presence alone … Continue reading

Grudge Match (2013)

Grudge Match (2013)

It would only seem natural to assume that Grudge Match is some kind of “Rocky v. Raging Bull” spinoff, but there’s nothing to indicate that it is. Sure, there’s some potshots at both films, but Grudge Match positions itself as more of a light-hearted comedy that fully understands the ridiculousness … Continue reading

Stardust (2007)

Stardust (2007)

Stardust is the most gleefully silly fantasy tale in years; a whimsical experience in the vein of The Princess Bride. Unlike the latter, Stardust is aimed more so at mature adults in its themes and execution. It contains enough self-referential humor and zest to keep one engaged throughout. In a … Continue reading

The Good Shepherd (2006)

The Good Shepherd (2006)

The Good Shepherd is the kind of film that a director, in this case Robert De Niro, makes more for themselves than an audience. De Niro is endlessly fascinated with the birth and evolution of the Central Intelligence Agency, but his film is such a mind-numbing bore that it is … Continue reading

Shark Tale (2004)

Shark Tale (2004)

Shark Tale, the latest 3D animation offering from DreamWorks, is missing a key ingredient to success that other such features of late have had, and that is excitement. A lot happens in Shark Tale, but the story feels so dry, and is most likely over the head of the average … Continue reading