November 24, 2013
Canadian director Ken Scott remakes his 2011 independent film “Starbuck” for Vince Vaughn fans on date night. Vaughn plays another recovering fuck-up — one who has fathered 533 children through donations to a fertility clinic. It is a cloying, lame effort.
d: Ken Scott | imdb.com | trailer
November 11, 2013
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a free black man born in the North and sold into slavery in the South, and he is as painfully brilliant as the beatings he endures. Steve McQueen directs, and he is black, so there is no saccharine — just filmmaking.
d: Steve McQueen | imdb.com | trailer | What’d You Say to Pats?
Wesley Morris [Grantland]
November 3, 2013
Michael Fassbender plays the title role, and Javier Bardem plays in designer clothes, but Cameron Diaz plays them both in this stylized drug thriller. Diaz writhes around on a car, makes confession sexy. She is a predatory animal, too feared to win an Oscar.
d: Ridley Scott | imdb.com | trailer | HBO: First Look
Truth has no temperature. | Rattling your cage
October 26, 2013
Director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Brian DePalma’s 1976 classic includes more blood, more whatever, but it seems perfunctory. Chloe Grace Moretz, 16, is the right choice and right age for the title role. Sissy Spacek was 27 when she was in the original.
d: Kimberly Peirce | imdb.com | trailer
September 27, 2013
The witness relocated mob family of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and their two kids beat up and blow up things in Normandy, France. The results are just OK, not explosive. The highlight is De Niro’s animated review of a certain Martin Scorsese mob movie.
d: Luc Besson | imdb.com | trailer | Dating | Paying the plumber
August 18, 2013
The ultra-violent sequel isn’t as good as the original, but high school is an uneven period, so Chloe Grace Moretz (now 15) takes down mean girls as well as evil motherfuckers. Jim Carrey (finally) doesn’t chew the scenery — in a movie that actually calls for it.
d: Jeff Wadlow | imdb.com | trailer