Category: 2/4

Mediocre

The Expendables 3 [2014] ★★

I wanted to like this series. Really. Veteran action stars Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger out to prove they can still kick ass. What’s not to root for? But the weaknesses show in “The Expendables 3“, even with flashy editing and an enjoyable […]

Hercules [2014] ★★

After the crappy “Legend of Hercules”, I don’t think audiences needed to see another “Hercules” movie. Not so soon anyway. And yet Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems born for the role. The man is strong, funny and he knows how to entertain. Then director Brett Ratner comes along […]

Deliver Us From Evil [2014] ★★

Horror movies have fallen on hard times. Amidst the deluge of pointless remakes (“Friday the 13th”, “Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Carrie”…) and some original ideas (“The Conjuring), “Deliver Us From Evil” goes with “based on a true story” to try and shock its audience. But isn’t it always […]

Blended [2014] ★★

“Blended” rolls unapologetically off the Adam Sandler assembly line. It’s another farce high on silliness, sentiment, sex jokes, toilet jokes and a love for grossout gags that is too sincere to be faked. Say what you will about him, and to most people, Sandler is the Ed Wood […]

Maleficent [2014] ★★

Few filmmakers can frame a film with the visionary flair of Oscar winner Robert Stromberg, who worked on the amazing “Pan’s Labyrinth”  and “The Hunger Games”. As a result, “Maleficent” (Angelina Jolie’s major comeback since 2010’s “The Tourist”)- a spin on Sleeping Beauty for audiences who really think […]

Only Lovers Left Alive [2014] ★★

Jim Jarmusch (“Mystery Train”, “Dead Man”) is a smart filmmaker, and his new movie is so original, that I wish I liked it more. I was fascinated by its premise at first, about two vampires (Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton) who’s been in love for centuries. For reasons […]

In The Blood [2014] ★★

If you like brainless action thrillers, “In The Blood” is probably the movie for you. It stars Gina Carano (who made a strong impression in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire”) as a woman who sets off to take down the men who kidnapped her husband during their Caribbean honeymoon. The […]

Bad Neighbors [2014] ★★

What can I say about a movie that made me want to slap everyone in the face? “Bad Neighbors” is so shallow, self-satisfied and downright silly that I hesitate to discuss it. It has none of the qualities of director Nicholas Stoller’s debut feature, “Forgetting Sarah Marhall”, and […]