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Horrible Bosses movie review: slightly mismanaged

Horrible Bosses movie review: slightly mismanaged

Director Seth Gordon’s blokey middle-of-the-road comedy about three buddies united by contempt for their bosses has a premise audiences will either instantly relate to or feel damn fortunate that they don’t. In Horrible Bosses Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) loathe their superiors. And who can blame them? There’s Kevin Spacey […]

Spurlock’s latest, inside the NYT, wacky ol’ Chad Morgan and more (MIFF: Day 9 and 10)

Spurlock’s latest, inside the NYT, wacky ol’ Chad Morgan and more (MIFF: Day 9 and 10)

Having now watched and reviewed 40 films in 10 days, I am now deep within the belly of the MIFF beast, and evidence that this extreme exercise in movie-watching may be having physical and psychological effects is mounting. Fellow MIFF blog-a-thoner Thomas Caldwell has confirmed a rumour bandied about town that, attacked by reality at […]

The Green Hornet movie review: not much sting, but it flies

The Green Hornet movie review: not much sting, but it flies

Superhero movies have a way of sucking the credibility out of Hollywood actors – even those who didn’t have much to begin with. Brandon Routh’s career stocks plummeted after donning the undies-outside-your-pants-look in the dreadful Superman Returns (2006). Billy Zane is still red in the face from squeezing into the purple suit in The Phantom […]

The Dilemma movie review: easily resolved (avoid)

The Dilemma movie review: easily resolved (avoid)

The real dilemma in watching Ron Howard’s new movie is not the one the characters mull over – whether a man should tell his best buddy that his wife is having an affair, which is obviously YES – but rather what to make of this noodle-scratching dramedy and the spectacular incompetency the veteran director exhibits. […]

Morning Glory movie review: it’s no afternoon delight

Morning Glory movie review: it’s no afternoon delight

Director Roger Michell’s feel good comedy Morning Glory, set in the sleep deprived world of early morning TV broadcasting, is a lightweight crowd pleaser that makes very strong and very different statements about its two top billing stars. The first is that Rachel McAdams, whose bubbly champagne charisma and girl next door good looks are […]

Unstoppable movie review: rock ‘n’ roll disastertainment

Unstoppable movie review: rock ‘n’ roll disastertainment

The last time audiences were taken for a ride by hyperactive action auteur Tony Scott they didn’t, in a certain sense, get very far. Scott plonked audiences on board a train that wouldn’t start in his 2009 remake of Joseph Sargent’s 70’s hostage drama The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, recruiting John Travolta to […]

The Tourist movie review: passport to lunacy

The Tourist movie review: passport to lunacy

The usually liquid and lusty figures of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie look feeble and worse for wear in 2010’s most befuddling high profile American release: the awkwardly timed, awkwardly acted, awkwardly written action/comedy/crime caper The Tourist from German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who wrote and directed the enthralling Oscar winning political thriller The […]

Little Fockers movie review: focking awful

Little Fockers movie review: focking awful

There is something truly despairing about following Robert DeDiro’s transition from a great dramatic act to a goofy, asinine comic. It feels like watching a loved one slowly deteriorate into madness and ill health; at first it might be amusing – forgettfulness, unpredictable faux pas, weird behaviour like fruit oranges under the bed, reading books […]

Devil movie review: introducing the hellevator

Devil movie review: introducing the hellevator

Director John Erick Dowdle’s two parts psychological one part supernatural thriller Devil has been billed as coming “from the mind of M Night Shyamalan.” That’s a good start, because the dire quality of Shyamalan’s recent work (The Last Airbender, The Happening, Lady in the Water) suggests ideas have been coming out of quite a different […]

Monsters movie review: small budget, big movie, mixed blessing

Monsters movie review: small budget, big movie, mixed blessing

In a gutsy venture into the realm of skinflint science fiction writer/director/cinematographer/penny pincher Gareth Edwards stretches every thread of a shoestring budget to try to trick audiences into believing they’re watching a “big” movie. The tale of photographer Andrew (Scoot McNairy) and his boss’ daughter Sam’s (Whitney Able) dangerous trek to America at a time […]