Grudge Match

Aug 13, 2014

Grudge Match

Director: Peter Segal Language: English “Grudge Match” isn’t a movie, it’s a travesty. Sylvester Stallone’s greatest moment was clearly his performance as an underdog boxer in the Oscar-winning “Rocky” (1976), and a few years later, Robert De Niro took home an Oscar as a ...

A palace fit for the queen of consumption

Aug 6, 2014

A palace fit for the queen of consumption

What sort of person would decide to build the biggest house in America? Not just the biggest, but a monstrous, mega-mansion replica of the Palace of Versailles, overlooking Florida’s Walt Disney World, complete with its own bowling alley, spa, 10 kitchens, 30 bathrooms, and ...

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Aug 6, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction

My least favorite part of being a film critic is probably going to see Michael Bay movies. And the most horrific Michael Bay movies of all are the “Transformers” ones. So when I heard that Bay’s latest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” clocked in at ...

Homefront

Aug 6, 2014

Homefront

Sylvester Stallone must really like Jason Statham, his co-star from “The Expendables” series, because in “Homefront” Sly has given him the lead in a script he had originally written for himself. Or maybe he is just feeling his age these days and slowing down. ...

The Lego Movie

Aug 6, 2014

The Lego Movie

Directors: Chris Miller, Phil Lord Language: English “The Lego Movie,”was one of the zaniest, sharpest animated comedies of recent years, but the shrill dubbed version that was released in Japan in 2013 missed a lot of the jokes. The DVD, I’m happy to report, ...

Vampire Academy

Jul 30, 2014

Vampire Academy

Knock-off; noun: a copy or imitation of something popular. Knock off; transitive verb: to do hurriedly or routinely. Meeting both definitions is “Vampire Academy,” a tween-targeted novel franchise penned by Richelle Mead, which has been adapted to the big screen as a lazy, deja-vu-inducing ...

Mea Culpa (Tomoyo, Saraba to Iou)

Jul 30, 2014

Mea Culpa (Tomoyo, Saraba to Iou)

People often talk about French films as if they were nothing but talky and arty, but the French have a fine tradition of policiers: tough, hardboiled cop and crime movies such as “Le Cercle Rouge” (1970) or “Un Prophete” (2009). “Mea Culpa” is one ...

Palestine Stereo

Jul 30, 2014

Palestine Stereo

Director: Rashid Masharawi Language: Arabic (subtitled in English) Sami and Stereo (Salah Hannoun, Mahmoud Abu-Jazi) are brothers trying to leave Gaza for Canada after an Israeli bombing. Stereo runs a rental sound system to save the $10,000 needed to get them into Canada. Gaza-born, ...

Godzilla

Jul 23, 2014

Godzilla

The old Godzilla movies made by Japan’s Toho studio between 1954 and 2004 were B-grade monster movies. They were cheesy and primitive, for the most part, but displayed the charm of inventive filmmakers who were trying to transcend the limitations of budget and technology ...

Rewind This!

Jul 23, 2014

Rewind This!

Presumably, Josh Johnson’s amusing documentary “Rewind This!” is a trawl through the cultural history of the video tape and the people who are still attached to this format. But, more than that, it’s a portrait of a certain type of otaku fanboy: those obsessed ...