Review: ‘It Follows’ (a throwback with a clever take on corrupting the innocent)

Pat Benetar was right, but what ELSE are you going to use as a weapon? Jay (Maika Monroe) is a pretty young woman residing in Detroit dating a mysterious new local guy named Hugh (Jake Weary). On the night after they have sex for the first time, Hugh knocks her out, binds her to a […]

Review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (the action-packed sci-fi blockbuster you didn’t watch)

Smug Cruise, stupid Cruise, needy Cruise, awesome Cruise. Cage (Tom Cruise) is a military media liaison covering an alien invasion of Earth and helping to recruit soldiers to the cause…mostly to avoid being shipped off to battle himself. On the eve of a desperate push against enemy forces in central Europe, Cage is told he’s […]

Review: ‘Divergent’ (dystopia-ish faction-y grrl power)

It feels like The Hunger Games light, but it’s better than the screen-version of The Mortal Instruments. In a futuristic, post-something-or-another world that looks like Chicago-After-People, skyscrapers that are two-centuries old inexplicably don’t fall down to crush the Five Factions: Abnegation, the selfless; Amity, the peaceful; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, the brave; and Erudite, the […]

Review: ‘Project Almanac’ (decent found-footage time travel flick)

Pretty good, but a little tweaking here and there might have made it great. David (Jonny Weston) is a high school senior science nerd who dreams of getting into MIT. With the help of his sister and two best buds, he gets admitted – but with a scholarship too small to cover his expenses. Having […]

Review: ‘Chappie’ (should have hired WALL-E’s agent)

RoboCop fused with Short Circuit reimagined as a prequel to The Road Warrior. In the near future, violent crime in Johannesburg, South Africa has skyrocketed. With law enforcement overwhelmed, the city turns to a robotics company, deploying “scouts” to turn the tide. Scout designer Deon (Dev Patel) is the star of the robotics company but […]

Review: ‘Birdman: or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’ (and why many won’t identify with this)

The mid-life crisis of an actor using a fantasy element that confuses the heck out of people. Reggin (Michael Keaton) is taking his shot on Broadway with a play he’s adapted, directed, and produced. All the money he has left in the world is tied up in realizing his dream, a personal goal that had […]

Review: ‘The Lazarus Effect’ (one actress’s valiant attempt to save a thriller)

Flatliners plus (choose ONE) A: Hollow Man, B: Lawnmower Man, C: Lucy. After a scientist named Zoe (Olivia Wilde) theorizes a serum to regenerate disconnected brain tissue when stimulated electrically, her fiance Frank (Mark Duplass) puts their marriage on hold to secure a grant and complete the project with her. Three years later, a breakthrough […]

Review: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ (No. Just…No.)

Remember how bad you thought the original movie was going to be? That. After altering the course of human history with his knowledge of the future, Lou (Rob Corddry) has made billions but still acts like a jerk. His son Jacob (Clark Duke) is going dangerously down a similar path of destruction while Nick (Craig […]

Review: ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ (an Iranian Vampire Western at last)

Everything in the Iranian ghost-town of Bad City is for the taking, but it can’t always give you what you want. Arash (Arash Marandi) is a diamond in the rough. He works hard for a rich woman, bought his own car with his savings, and takes care of his junkie father. In a dying town […]