Tag Archives: Josh Gad

The Angry Birds Movie

WHY SO ANGRY? On Bird Island, Red, who’s attending an anger management class, becomes suspicious of a boat full of green-colored pigs that arrives one day; what are they after…? After the success of The Lego Movie (2014) there would obviously be more attempts to take a lucrative commercial franchise and try to make something … Continue reading The Angry Birds Movie

Murder on the Orient Express

EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT.  In 1934, famous detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself on the Orient Express where a notorious businessman (Johnny Depp) is murdered. Another star-studded version of Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery is similar to the slightly superior 1974 movie and has no new twists to offer. Which is probably a good … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express

Beauty and the Beast

BE OUR GUEST.  When her father (Kevin Kline) is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) inside a huge, wintry castle, Belle (Emma Watson) offers herself in exchange for his freedom. Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic. This one can’t escape a certain sense of pointlessness considering how close it stays to the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast

Pixels

GAME ON. In 1982, a time capsule containing among other things arcade games, is launched into space; three decades later, aliens use those games to attack Earth… The filmmakers expanded a 2010 short film for this comedy that looks like it wants to be a new Ghostbusters (1984), as it assembles a motley team (including … Continue reading Pixels

Ice Age: Continental Drift

When the continent breaks apart, Manny and his family and friends are separated; the quest to reunite is fraught with dangers. Much like the third movie, this fourth chapter is in 3D and was a huge hit… but the seams are beginning to show. A sense of fatigue is creeping into the increasingly outlandish adventures … Continue reading Ice Age: Continental Drift

The Internship

Middle-aged watch salesmen Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson) lose their jobs and take a chance applying for internships at Google even though they don’t know the first thing about coding. A comedy that may look like mere paid advertising for Google. But on the other hand, the intrigues at the company’s famed campus … Continue reading The Internship

Crossing Over

EVERY DAY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ILLEGALLY CROSS OUR BORDERS… ONLY ONE THING STANDS IN THEIR WAY. AMERICA.  Based on a short 1996 film, this ensemble piece wants to say Important Stuff about immigration as seen through the eyes of among others an empathetic police officer and an Australian actress who desperately needs a green card. … Continue reading Crossing Over

Love and Other Drugs

At the same time as incorrigible womanizer Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is learning how to be a good salesman for Pfizer, he’s also hitting on a 26-year-old Parkinson’s patient (Anne Hathaway) who is less than impressed. The filmmakers took Jamie Reidy’s non-fiction account of those days in the late 1990s when Viagra seduced the pharmaceutical … Continue reading Love and Other Drugs

Marmaduke

FRIENDS COME IN ALL SIZES. When a Kansas family moves to Orange County, California, their Great Dane Marmaduke makes friends – and enemies – at a dog park. When Hollywood makes a movie out of an old TV show, book or comic strip for kids, far too often the results look like this – an … Continue reading Marmaduke