"The makeup effects are tremendous, and Calfa and especially Karen are hilarious as working stiffs (no pun intended) who end up fighting for their lives. It's just too bad the ending is so abrupt and unsatisfying."
The Ratings Game (The Mogul) (1984)
My Fellow Americans (1996)
Bad Moon (1996)
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople is excellent when it focuses solely on the relationship between -- and the misadventures of -- its two central figures. It's less captivating when the attention turns to several doltish supporting characters."
"All the fleeting cameo appearances are like the movie itself: Amazon hot and Arctic cold, with some inspiring affection and amusement and others leading to nothing more than an exaggerated shoulder shrug."
Carnival of Souls (1962)
"One of those unique horror movies where the low budget, gritty footage and rough performances combine to create not only an unsettling atmosphere of dread but also a study of existential angst in the face of unimaginable horror."
The Infiltrator (2016)
"Moviegoers need another film about the drug trade as much as they need a hole in the head -- or, more specifically, a cocaine-caused hole in the nose -- but The Infiltrator does just enough right to make it a welcome addition to the canon."
"Whether on its own fearless terms or as an update of a zeitgeist-charged smash, this proves to be an oasis of entertainment in the midst of this cinematic summer drought -- a pop-culture popcorn picture designed to raise spirits in more ways than one."
The In-Laws (1979)
"A minor comedy classic, this one has it all, including a clever premise, a witty script, two beautifully matched lead actors in Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, and a supporting performer who almost makes off with the picture like a bandit in the night."
Black Dog (1998)
The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
Airport '77 (1977)
Airport 1975 (1974)
Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Eye In The Sky (2016)
"To their enormous credit, director Gavin Hood and writer Guy Hibbert offer no easy answers and take no easy outs, electing instead to keep viewers as conflicted and uncomfortable as the characters on the screen."
Swiss Army Man (2016)
"Basically a dude-bro movie about a stunted man-boy with both a penchant for scatological situations and a firm belief that harassing uninterested women is his God-given right as an American male. So how is this different from every third movie out there?"
The BFG (2016)
"The BFG reminded me of the scene in (of all things) History of the World: Part I in which a bored Emperor Nero (Dom DeLuise) is presented with a wooden bathtub and mutters, "Nice. Nice. Not thrilling, but nice.""
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
"While the original ID contained characters who kept us entertained, this picture adds characters -- and their attendant actors -- who are so devoid of personality, they barely register as living organisms. "
"The first Oscar for Best Animated Feature went to Shrek, an absurd choice to those of us who believe that Pixar's Monsters, Inc. was that year's best toon flick. Still, this is nevertheless a snappy comedy that manages to stick it to the entire genre."
"Director Norman Jewison has far more luck with his staging of the Rollerball matches (they're at once exciting and horrifying) than scripter William Harrison has in condemning this futureworld with anything more than boilerplate lip service."
99 River Street (1953)
Midnight Special (2016)
"Nichols' decision to play it close to the vest and keep the story shrouded in mystery initially works, but as the film progresses and little comes into focus, it becomes apparent that his script ultimately isn't ambiguous so much as underwritten."
The Member of the Wedding (1952)
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
De Palma (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
The Shallows (2016)
"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sunlight following what's proving to be a rather desultory summer movie season, along comes The Shallows to drive everyone back into the deep end of the auditorium."
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
"This earned an Oscar for Best Cinematography, though had a Best Makeup award existed back then, surely Don Cash would have been a contender for superb work that allowed a then-41-year-old Wayne to convincingly pass for someone a quarter-century older."
They Were Expendable (1945)
"The film moves along curiously and cautiously, prideful of the crews of the PT boats but also aware that each victory was achieved at a great cost and that sacrifices would have to continue to be made as the war trudged along."
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
"An absurd horror yarn in which a cannibalistic winged demon goes on a murderous rampage whenever he hears the title tune. Personally, "Sussudio" and "Rude" are the only songs that would conceivably make me take a hatchet to someone's head, but I digress."
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
"The delightful Here Comes Mr. Jordan was based on a play (Harry Segall's Heaven Can Wait), but it's hardly a stagebound film, given its ease at hopping between numerous locales both earthy and celestial."
"It's more a rumor than cold, hard fact that Wayne was offered the role of Dirty Harry and passed on it. At any rate, the Duke played his own version of Inspector Harry Callahan in this agreeable if stridently unexceptional film."
Dark Horse (2016)