Tag Archives: Maya Rudolph

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

CHIPS

CHIP HAPPENS.  An undercover FBI agent (Michael Peña) teams up with a less than impressive California Highway Patrol trainee (Dax Shepard) to investigate a series of robberies that may be connected to the police force. Another TV series becomes a movie, this time CHiPS (1977–1983), which follows a similarly goofy formula as 21 Jump Street … Continue reading CHIPS

Big Hero 6

14-year-old Hiro is a robotics genius with a brilliant future ahead of him at a prestigious university, but a sudden tragedy takes him in a different, dangerous direction. Disney’s first animated Marvel movie is an unexpectedly successful collaboration that brings out the best from both studios. Attractive entertainment in beautiful 3D for both kids and … Continue reading Big Hero 6

As Good As It Gets: Against Better Judgment

A COMEDY FROM THE HEART THAT GOES FOR THE THROAT.  In 1994, writer-director James L. Brooks went through hell with I’ll Do Anything, a comedy-drama with musical sequences. There was a lot of work behind it – Twyla Tharp did the choreography and there were songs by among others Carole King and Prince. But the … Continue reading As Good As It Gets: Against Better Judgment

Inherent Vice

In 1970, hippie private eye “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) looks into several events that are connected to the disappearance of a wealthy real estate developer in California… The first screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel is true to its labyrinthine, energetic style. A special kind of audience will love its freewheeling attitude, the visual … Continue reading Inherent Vice

Grown Ups

SOME GUYS NEED A LITTLE EXTRA TIME TO MATURE. Five childhood buddies (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider) reunite for their basketball coach’s funeral… and spend a tumultuous Fourth of July weekend with their wives and kids in a rented house. The Big Chill for the Sandler generation? As expected, all … Continue reading Grown Ups

Zookeeper

DON’T TALK TO THE ANIMALS… UNLESS THEY TALK TO YOU FIRST! When the animals at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo find out that the best man on the staff, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James), is thinking about quitting, they decide to help him change his mind. Another film that benefits from James’s all-around likability and physical comedy; … Continue reading Zookeeper

Bridesmaids

Just when her life is falling apart, best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks Annie (Kristen Wiig) to be her maid of honor… and she immediately becomes very competitive. Another overlong Judd Apatow production that suffers from a meandering screenplay that doesn’t know how to take its characters in fresh directions. Some critics made too much … Continue reading Bridesmaids

A Prairie Home Companion

RADIO LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.  In his last movie, Robert Altman took elements from real life and turned them into a typical Altman experience, with a large cast, parallel stories and overlapping dialogue. Audiences are introduced to the people involved with “A Prairie Home Companion”, a radio variety show that is airing its … Continue reading A Prairie Home Companion

Shrek the Third

THE WAIT IS OGRE! When the King of Far, Far Away dies, Shrek is next in line to the throne; he refuses to shoulder the mantle and goes on a quest with Donkey and Puss in Boots to find the next man in line. There isn’t much left of the first film’s ingenious satire and the … Continue reading Shrek the Third

50 First Dates

IMAGINE HAVING TO WIN OVER THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS… EVERY FRIGGIN’ DAY. Womanizer Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) woos Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), but learns that she suffers from damage to her short-term memory; he falls for her, but she can never remember him. A movie that looks like it was made by the Farrelly … Continue reading 50 First Dates