“Searching” is a gimmick

When the premise of your film is that the entire story takes place on a screen, whether it be a Macbook or television or security camera, you're naturally boxed into a corner in terms of story. So while the story you craft is reasonably strong, "Searching" remains a gimmick of the highest order. After her... Continue Reading →

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“A Simple Favor” goes to 11

When you first start out watching "A Simple Favor", you get the feeling that it's basically just a rehash of "Gone Girl." Then slowly but surely, it lets you know that it is in on the joke. And that ultimately saves the film. Written by Jessica Sharzer and directed by Paul Feig, "A Simple Favor"... Continue Reading →

“Aladdin” doesn’t try to be different enough

Another month, another Disney live-action remake. Mostly, the studio has played it safe. Indeed, many of these films seem nearly shot-for-shot portrayals of their animated counterparts. Does "Aladdin" give us something, anything different to pique our interest? Eh, a little bit. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie tells the familiar tale of Aladdin (Mena Massoud),... Continue Reading →

“Vice” is a sloppy yet fun movie

Much like writer-director Adam McKay's "The Big Short", "Vice" focuses on a comedic slant to dire modern world repercussions. In this case, it's notorious Vice President Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), who is pushed by his wife, Lynne (Amy Adams), to become a power mad central figure in President George W. Bush's (Sam Rockwell) cabinet. After... Continue Reading →

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