Tag Archives: Paul Rudd

Avengers: Endgame

AVENGE THE FALLEN. Five years after the events of Infinity War, the remaining Avengers realize that there can be a way of traveling back in time to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin). The fourth Avengers film is a glorious, three-hour end in 3D to what we’ve seen ever since Iron Man (2008), cleverly and nostalgically connecting … Continue reading Avengers: Endgame

Ant-Man and the Wasp

REAL HEROES. NOT ACTUAL SIZE. After the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest; soon, he becomes involved in an attempt to find Hope’s (Evangeline Lilly) mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) who’s been trapped in the quantum realm for 30 years. A sequel that almost matches the original, as it … Continue reading Ant-Man and the Wasp

Mute

HE DOESN’T NEED WORDS. Sometime in the future, a mute Berlin bartender (Alexander Skarsgård) with an Amish past is dating a waitress (Seyneb Saleh); when she disappears, his search leads him to a black market bazaar… Most critics were reminded of Blade Runner (1982), but Duncan Jones saw this futuristic thriller more like a ”spiritual … Continue reading Mute

How Do You Know

Professional softball player Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) is not sure where to go next, and suddenly finds herself choosing between two very different men… One of director James L. Brooks’s worst films is another romantic comedy without any laughs, even though it tries to compensate with glitzy milieus. Who will Witherspoon pick, the famous and … Continue reading How Do You Know

Sausage Party

A HERO WILL RISE.  A hot dog sausage and his bun girlfriend realize that their existence at the Shopwell’s supermarket is based on a lie – those groceries that humans bring out of the store are not saved, but eaten. A 3D animated comedy targeted at adult audiences, a very raunchy, foul-mouthed spoof of Disney/Pixar … Continue reading Sausage Party

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

WE ARE INFINITE. In high school, a freshman with a dark past (Logan Lerman) makes friends with a couple of seniors (Emma Watson, Ezra Miller) who are outsiders. Stephen Chbosky turned his own novel into a successful film that finds a compelling balance between the charms of the high school genre and a few darker … Continue reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL.  This year has seen two epic superhero movies, crafted by the film studios of rivaling comic-book powerhouses Marvel and DC Comics. The first one, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was generally scorned, while Captain America: Civil War is getting a lot of praise. In both films, we see … Continue reading Captain America Civil War: A Cinematic Universe About to Burst

Wet Hot American Summer

HIGH TIMES. HARD BODIES. SOFT ROCK. The writers, who were originally part of the MTV sketch comedy series The State, took their boyhood experiences from summer camps and worked them into this affectionate send-up of raunchy teen flicks of the 1970s/80s. Made in a kind of random style where we follow several kids and counselors … Continue reading Wet Hot American Summer

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

This Is the End

NOTHING RUINS A PARTY LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD. Jay Baruchel comes to visit Seth Rogen in Beverly Hills for the weekend; they end up at a party at James Franco’s house, which is interrupted by the end of the Earth. Longtime writing partners Rogen and Evan Goldberg made their directing debut with this … Continue reading This Is the End

Prince Avalanche

Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother (Emile Hirsch) spend the summer together repainting traffic lines along a highway in an area ravaged by wildfire. A return to the indie scene for Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green. A remake of 2011 Icelandic film Either Way, this one puts two very different people together in an … Continue reading Prince Avalanche