This follow-up is as featureless and generic as its title, but the action and the banter make for a pleasant, if disposable, trip to the...
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- By Alonso Duralde on October 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Inane spy spoof doesn’t deserve its cast (which also includes Gal Gadot and Isla Fisher) or its director (Greg Mottola)
How does the new Netflix comedy “Mascots” compare to classics like “Waiting for Guffman”?
- By Alonso Duralde on October 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Now the jokes are about home-ownership and private school, but Hart hits his targets, even when playing a record-breaking stadium crowd
- By Alonso Duralde on October 12, 2016 @ 6:00 am
The title character is a ninja and a crack shot and a whiz at tax deductions in a thriller that understands how silly it is
- By Alonso Duralde on October 11, 2016 @ 9:06 am
Godzilla rises again, only to face government bureaucracy, U.N. meddling and some renegade scientists who might actually fix the situation
- By Alonso Duralde on October 8, 2016 @ 8:00 am
Shrill Kidz Bop-ish covers and an eye-assaulting color scheme make for one awful animated adventure
- By Alonso Duralde on October 6, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Both the laughs and the tear-jerking fall flat in this herky-jerky adaptation of James Patterson‘s junior-high novels
- By Alonso Duralde on October 6, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
The Duplass-scripted dramedy breaks little new ground, but watching these performers flex their talents justifies the effort
- By Alonso Duralde on September 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
This harrowing Netflix documentary examines how treating black American males as criminals has perpetuated systematic oppression
How does “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” stack up with the offbeat auteur’s other films?
- By Alonso Duralde on September 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
What should have been a charming mix of the bizarre and the charming gets weighted down with clumsy plotting and exposition
- By Alonso Duralde on September 21, 2016 @ 5:35 pm
Writer-director’s love for old Hollywood went way beyond his brilliant screen version of James Ellroy’s “L.A. Confidential”
- By Alonso Duralde on September 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am
Writer and co-director Nicholas Stoller‘s script achieves hilarity and poignancy by following storytelling rules — and breaking them, too
- By Alonso Duralde on September 17, 2016 @ 9:00 am
“He’s a very conflicted guy, and there are a lot of areas where he’s contradictory, conflicted,” author tells TheWrap about the Oscar-winning filmmaker
- By Alonso Duralde on September 14, 2016 @ 9:28 am
The tech may be updated, but this remake of the 1999 horror hit follows an all-too-familiar roadmap (now with GPS!)
‘Katie Says Goodbye’ Toronto Review: A Young Woman’s Destruction Gets Served Up, Once Again, As EntertainmentBy Alonso Duralde on September 11, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Toronto 2016 Review: First-time writer-director Wayne Roberts clearly empathizes with his young heroine, but ties her to the railroad tracks anyway
- By Alonso Duralde on September 9, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Toronto 2016: Stone names the right (and left) names in this biopic of the whistle-blower, but his storytelling style lacks punch
- By Alonso Duralde on September 9, 2016 @ 11:50 am
Olivia Colman stars (and Tom Hardy has a cameo) in this movie that sets eyewitness transcripts to music, a clever idea that can’t sustain an...
- By Alonso Duralde on September 4, 2016 @ 3:10 am
The “Passion of the Christ” director extols pacifism with one hand while making war brutally exciting with the other
- By Alonso Duralde on September 3, 2016 @ 3:33 am
The auteur’s examination of the perils of nationalism delivers most of its points with far too heavy a hand
- By Alonso Duralde on September 3, 2016 @ 2:22 am
The first two chapters of the Paolo Sorrentino miniseries seem uncomfortably perched between satire and nighttime soap
- By Alonso Duralde on September 2, 2016 @ 2:32 am
Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in a film that successfully melds grit and glamour, the past and present, fiction and reality
- By Alonso Duralde on September 1, 2016 @ 4:47 am
Denis Villeneuve‘s tale of humanity’s first contact with ETs wants to appeal to both the heart and the head, but it succeeds mostly above the...
- By Alonso Duralde on August 31, 2016 @ 1:45 am
In his follow-up to “Whiplash,” writer-director Damien Chazelle serves up a recognizable Los Angeles that’s also a singing, dancing land of dreams
‘The Light Between Oceans’ Venice Review: Alicia Vikander Flirts With Tragedy, Settles Down With SapBy Alonso Duralde on August 30, 2016 @ 8:35 pm
This sweeping tale, also starring Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz, takes a hairpin turn from Thomas Hardy to Nicholas Sparks
- By Alonso Duralde on August 30, 2016 @ 12:45 pm
If director Luke Scott wants to avoid comparisons to his father Ridley, perhaps his feature debut shouldn’t touch upon themes from “Blade Runner”
- By Alonso Duralde on August 29, 2016 @ 4:05 pm
The actor’s mesmerizing turn as Roald Dahl’s confectioner — like the movie that contains it — operates on a completely different level for children than...
- By Alonso Duralde on August 25, 2016 @ 2:52 pm
A talented cast — including Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick and director John Krasinski — buckles under a film that feels like a million Sundance movies...
- By Alonso Duralde on August 16, 2016 @ 1:00 am
Director Todd Phillips doesn’t know if his tale of 20-something arms dealers is a satire, a cautionary tale or a rags-to-riches saga. It winds up...