Nov. 28, 2015
Yay Ok Meh barf


The true story of a gifted writer who was kind of a huge jerk

Meh The ultimate issue with the film version of Trumbo's life is that it mostly seems like he was an insufferable prig rather than heroic crusader for political freedoms. ... More

Nov. 25, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Animated Alternate Reality

Take the kids to see 'The Good Dinosaur' for goodness sake

Ok Disney/Pixar’s latest animated flick is also the first feature-length animated film from director Peter Sohn, best known as the model for chubby scout Russell in Up.
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Nov. 25, 2015 by Brianna Stallings

Are You Ready

'Creed' is a knockout movie with a rocky premise

Yay Creed centers on Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of Rocky’s enemy-turned-friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who died in the ring in Rocky IV. ... More

Nov. 25, 2015 by Alex Falcone

All the Lights on

Tracing The Boston Globe’s pursuit of church abuse

Yay The often-tedious work of investigative journalism is transformed into a gripping drama in the nimbly plotted Spotlight.
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Nov. 18, 2015 by Lucas Iberico Lozada

Out of Obscurity

'Tab Hunter Confidential' documents star's life as gay man in 1950s Hollywood

Yay Tab Hunter is one of those movie star names we all kind of vaguely know, but he has mostly faded into the land of Tinsel Town obscurity. ... More

Nov. 18, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Labyrinth of Whys

Labyrinth of Lies explores the Frankfurt Nazi trials but really only scratches the surface

Ok Labyrinth of Lies follows young a Frankfurt prosecutor as he seeks justice when he is unwittingly tangled within the hidden truths of a war-torn country.
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Nov. 11, 2015 by Alex De Vore

Agent Down!

'Spectre' is the long-awaited 26th Bond film, but it's long and hollow

Meh How do you like your James Bond? Brooding and brutal, with a healthy dose of melancholic angst? Or breezily throwing out quips as he murders his way around the world? ... More

Nov. 11, 2015 by AP Kryza

The Return

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first film in nearly a decade is an abstract martial-arts epic

Yay After an eight-year hiatus, director Hou Hsiao-Hsien is back with a martial-arts movie, though it is one as reverent to genre trappings as Andrei Tarkovsky was to science fiction. ... More

Nov. 04, 2015 by Adam Katzman

Experimental Madness

Directors take off with comic aspects of genre in 'The Forbidden Room'

Ok The Forbidden Room melds the heavy symbolism of small-bore psychoanalysis with early-Hollywood camp. ... More

Nov. 11, 2015 by Lucas Iberico Lozada

Candidate Zero

Manipulating the press and slandering your opponent to victory in 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Ok Our Brand Is Crisis is based loosely on the 2005 documentary by the same (dumb) name, which is itself based on the real events of the 2002 Bolivian presidential election.
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Oct. 28, 2015 by Alex Falcone

Taking Patriarchy to the Cleaners

Streep and Mulligan put on their big-girl bloomers for 'Suffragette'

Yay Working tirelessly in a laundry since the age of 7, Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) finally puts her iron down and takes up political activism in Suffragette. ... More

Nov. 04, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

Surprise, Surprise, the Genius Is Difficult

'Steve Jobs' is not difficult, but it is a chore

Meh Give screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle credit for making a biopic that skirts tradition. ... More

Oct. 21, 2015 by David Riedel

Lost in Translation

Bill Murray can't save 'Rock the Kasbah's cultural missteps

Meh Bill Murray plays a has-been—or perhaps never-was—rock manager named Richie Lanz, whose favorite client (the insufferable Zooey Deschanel) finds her way onto a USO tour of the war-torn Middle East.
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Oct. 28, 2015 by Casey Jarman

Gaslighting Charlie

It’s all head games until someone goes nuts in 'Breathe'

Ok Director and co-writer Mélanie Laurent (usually seen in front of the camera) crafts a heartbreaking tale of teenage cruelty. ... More

Oct. 14, 2015 by David Riedel

Out on the Tiles, Permanently

'Time Out of Mind' is an OK movie but a better Steely Dan song

Ok Time Out of Mind is sometimes compelling, sometimes exasperating, and often hugely frustrating. ... More

Oct. 07, 2015 by David Riedel

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

'Peace Officer' takes a hard look at police violence

Yay Anyone with a penchant for mistrusting police will find plenty to like in Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber’s Peace Officer. ... More

Oct. 07, 2015 by David Riedel

Not Enough Romance, Comedy, or Drama

Sleeping with Other People is a chore to get through

Meh What makes Sleeping with Other People rank above a “barf” rating is its willingness to explore the seamier sides of human interaction. ... More

Sept. 30, 2015 by David Riedel

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