Imagine “Battlefield Earth” without the verve and you get this sludgy, tedious fantasy adventure, a fun-starved dud that’s not even unintentionally hilarious
Alonso Duralde Articles
- By Alonso Duralde on May 24, 2016 @ 5:00 am
For a romance that’s about infirmity and right-to-die issues, this adaptation of the best-selling novel is overloaded with artificial adorableness
‘The Nice Guys’ Cannes Review: Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Are Violently Funny in Occasionally Sour ComedyBy Alonso Duralde on May 15, 2016 @ 2:30 am
Shane Black‘s latest take on the buddy-detective comedy is a blast — except for a misanthropic streak that might make the laughs stick in your...
- By Alonso Duralde on May 10, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
This return to an effects-heavy Wonderland improves on its predecessor — but honestly, what wouldn’t?
- By Alonso Duralde on May 9, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Without an interesting villain to hold the story together, this sixth adventure of the super-powered mutant team fails to engage
- By Alonso Duralde on May 7, 2016 @ 5:14 pm
Jason Sudeikis leads an all-star cast through a movie that hits every square on the Lazily Conceived Family Cartoon bingo card
- By Alonso Duralde on May 4, 2016 @ 3:30 am
For a fairly outrageous gross-out comedy, “Sorority Rising” seems strangely skittish about female sexuality, even with Zac Efron around the house
TheWrap critic Alonso Duralde orders the MCU, including “Captain America: Civil War”
- By Alonso Duralde on April 29, 2016 @ 9:38 am
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, like many sketch comics before them, score laughs and suffer lags in their big-screen outing
- By Alonso Duralde on April 28, 2016 @ 10:55 am
Laugh-free and witless, this blandfest seemingly has no idea how human beings speak or behave (or what computers do)
- By Alonso Duralde on April 22, 2016 @ 8:36 am
Despite some tragic underpinnings to her character’s interference in the lives of others, the movie paints her buttinsky behavior as welcome and helpful
- By Alonso Duralde on April 14, 2016 @ 12:46 pm
The writer-director behind “Once” and “Begin Again” works his old-fashioned magic for this tale of Irish kids in the 1980s forming a rock band
- By Alonso Duralde on April 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Ensemble piece attempts to balance gags with an examination of the ills of Chicago’s South Side, and mostly pulls it off
‘Louder Than Bombs’ Review: Jesse Eisenberg Bolsters Joachim Trier’s Powerful English-Language DebutBy Alonso Duralde on April 8, 2016 @ 12:54 pm
Norwegian filmmaker makes a smooth transition with this wrenching but hopeful tale of a family confronting its secrets
- By Alonso Duralde on April 8, 2016 @ 9:51 am
Despite a third-act skid into sap, this look at a young widower in denial recalls the early, emotionally subversive films of David O. Russell
- By Alonso Duralde on April 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am
The tigers and the turtles talk in Jon Favreau‘s reimagining of the classic Disney cartoon – and the visual trickery satisfies both the eyes and...
Sequel to the faith-based hit feels less heavy-handed but still treats Christian belief as an argument to be won, and non-believers as villains to be...
Hiddleston does his own singing in a biography that offers little insight into why the country legend hit the bottle — or, for that matter,...
- By Alonso Duralde on March 24, 2016 @ 3:36 pm
“Argo” director’s casting inspired fanboy freakouts, but critic Alonso Duralde calls the star’s take on the Dark Knight a highlight of new movie
- By Alonso Duralde on March 23, 2016 @ 2:51 pm
Writer-director Matt Sobel’s extraordinary debut feature boasts a powerful ensemble cast and finds the tension in what people don’t talk about
- By Alonso Duralde on March 22, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
The movie’s only female non-pawn or hostage, Gal Gadot‘s Amazon warrior saves this sludgy epic from superhero sameness
- By Alonso Duralde on March 18, 2016 @ 10:05 am
This Argentine Oscar entry from the producers of “Wild Tales” (including Pedro Almodóvar) finds bleak comedy in trickle-down Fascism
‘Midnight Special’ Review: Michael Shannon Fugitive Tale Drives Confidently, Then Takes Fatal Wrong TurnBy Alonso Duralde on March 17, 2016 @ 1:23 pm
Shannon and writer-director Jeff Nichols‘ fourth collaboration sets up a fascinating story and then answers its mysteries with a legendarily disastrous third act
‘The Perfect Match’ Review: Terrence Jenkins’ Bland Affability Fits This Generic Rom-Com All Too WellBy Alonso Duralde on March 10, 2016 @ 11:01 pm
The former E! host plays a Lothario who learns to love in yet another formulaic comedy (produced by Queen Latifah) where the supporting players get...
- By Alonso Duralde on March 9, 2016 @ 8:18 am
The two-time Oscar winner works hard to create a real character out of this collection of eccentricities, but this shallow, condescending movie constantly undermines her...
- By Alonso Duralde on March 8, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr. survive possible doom in a tale that’s three parts Rod Serling, one part Jean-Paul Sartre
- By Alonso Duralde on February 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Reteaming with “30 Rock” collaborator Robert Carlock gives Fey her best big-screen opportunity to date, as a sheltered news producer who finds herself on the...
Dull, silly and boasting the worst CG effects this side of an Atari 2600, this white-guys-of-Egypt epic isn’t even fun-bad
- By Alonso Duralde on February 17, 2016 @ 12:00 am
Don’t let the distinguished cast – which also includes Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie and Woody Harrelson – fool you into expecting anything but an embarrassment
- By Alonso Duralde on February 12, 2016 @ 2:15 pm
In the trenches, on the homefront or facing charges in a courtroom, a soldier and his family find themselves facing heavy demands and ethical dilemmas