Review: ‘The Guilt Trip’

‘The Guilt Trip’ is a bit like a mayonnaise sandwich: it doesn’t take a lot of thought or creativity to put it together, but the result is pretty bland. The problem with this formulaic comedy it that it is neither good nor bad; it’s uninspiring. The characters feel half-drawn and the emotional and narrative points…

Review: ‘Skyfall’

After the unsettlingly poor ‘Quantum of Solace’ in 2008, fans found little solace of their own in the prospect of another dud for superspy James Bond. Four years on, ‘Skyfall’ picks up the torch and redeems a franchise that always seems one film away from wearing out its welcome. Sam Mendes (‘American Beauty’) takes the…

Review: ‘The Expendables 2’

Oh, look, Sly – you did okay here. The first movie was a dog and, I mean, this one is too—but if that first one was a greying and humourless pit bull, this one’s more like a yappy schnauzer or a chubby corgi. All of this is to say, ‘The Expendables 2’ isn’t awful; it’s…

Review: ‘The Campaign’

Around 3 years ago when The Hangover came out, a bunch of Hollywood executives were sitting around pitching ideas for films and of course the first one out of their mouths was “what about we pair Galifianakis with Ferrell?” Having come up with the most obvious idea for a film ever, they celebrated with blow…

Review: ‘Bully’

With the rare exception, everyone has been on the receiving-end of bullying in some form at one time or another. ‘Bully’, a confronting documentary by filmmaker Lee Hirsch, smartly contends that this isn’t simply a natural part of growing up but an ugly social phenomenon that has been swept under carpets and into the shadows…

Review: ‘Cosmopolis’

You probably won’t like David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’. It’s a hard movie to enjoy. Two people walked out of this screening—and these guys get paid to watch movies. It’s dense, verbose and discusses capitalism through use of obtuse metaphors and, frankly, those are all big barriers if you’re not tuned in, caffeinated and invested (so to…

Review: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

It’s just so much fun to read that string of words: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’. Abraham. Lincoln. Vampire. Hunter. See? It just works so well by being completely obtuse. Hell, I’m grinning. And while it fails to deliver satisfying drama and coherent storytelling, director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) does accomplish exactly what the poster…

Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

It was never really a question of whether the third and final act in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy would be good. Nolan doesn’t make lousy films – and even at their most critically divisive (Inception comes to mind), he uses filmic techniques and spectacle that leave most Hollywood epics in the dust, heads spinning. So,…