"Though Mena refers to his sadistically sliced up female brisket as therapeutic, there's a line between calming viewer fears, and titillating them. While human chopped meat served up raw making you go vegetarian, isn't exactly relished food for thought."
Now & Later (2011)
Vanishing On 7th Street (2011)
"Clothes minus their bodies are strewn around a darkened world in a bizarre wardrobe malfunction, and kind of the opposite of airport body scanning. Though why none of these highly resourceful characters thought night vision goggles, is anybody's guess. "
Orgasm, Inc. (2011)
Due Date (2010)
"A post-9/11 reproductive countdown road movie, Due Date rummages for laughs by pairing two eccentric comic actors together for a long cross-country drive, who should probably never be in the same room together."
The Chaperone (2011)
"Levesque, aka The Cerebral Assassin, keeps the combo solemn and silly plot points rolling nicely along, and displays a surprisingly tender side that meshes smoothly with his more ferocious tendencies."
Frankie & Alice (2014)
"Irony rears its head offstage in this wag the dog approach to reverential moviemaking. And for those who aren't into Lemmy or haven't a clue, there's a very different movie, however unintentional, to peculiarly savor."
Twelve Thirty (2011)
"While movies with a gay look at hetero mating habits may not be sympathetic, at least some authenticity is a must. And this film dodges just that, as a closet gay spouse self-liberates from his dysfunctional family, fleeing the all-female Cuckoo's Nest."
Gabi on the Roof in July (2011)
The Client List (2010)
"Home foreclosure meets hooker hell in The Client List, yet another entry into that ever expanding genre of recession blues cinema. While Cybill Shepherd doing Mae West with a string of raunchy one-liners, just about steals the show from Hewitt."
No Strings Attached (2011)
"Lust on the installment plan in a strangely conceived grossout family values romance, and where Natalie gets to be the sexed up guy to Ashton's meek infatuated girly man. Black Swan corners her Lovesick Blues prey, in no way coincidentally named Adam. "
Go Go Tales (2007)
"So was Spitzer a closet danger junkie, a stranger sex addict, victim of a stern tycoon dad 'who foreclosed me in monopoly,' or done in by an adolescent omnipotence that enormous power and wealth can bring. A shrink's two cents would have been helpful."
When We Leave (2011)
"When We Leave concerns a different sort of traditional rather than contemporary Western misogyny, one culturally based less on contempt and rage than the impact of community censure on male dignity and even his shaky sense of masculinity."
The Green Hornet (2011)
"The latest Hornet, perhaps the most radical makeover of all, is more slapstick than sting and less masquerading noir crime fighter than deluded cartoonish geek avenger, while seemingly referencing both Tarantino's comedy of cruelty and Tom and Jerry. "
Repo Chick (2011)
"A self-declared 'nonsequel' to irreverent Sid & Nancy helmer Alex Cox's Repo Man, with an addition of plenty of ballsy babes and bling, and yet another entry into that evolving genre of Recession Blues Cinema."
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
Country Strong (2011)
"This less show than tell, sudsy when not bland make-believe musical can best be described as a, well, bad hear day. And likewise full length feature promos for a couple of actresses suddenly turned singers."
Ticking Clock (2011)
"A supernatural serial killer spree, this gory when not kooky itinerant gumshoe outing may keep viewers as unbalanced as the besieged protagonist subjected to cat and mouse delirium. Or would that be mouse and cat?"
"Turning all known manifestations of the classic western on their heads when not simply decapitating them in droves, Machete detonates the battle around immigration like no Tea Party rally ever could, in this get even bilingual guerrilla warfare satire."
True Grit (2010)
The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010)
"The mystical when not earthy, Chaplinesque images are enchanting. In particular the artist's pursuit of his elusive muse, ecstatically locked in a wordless embrace with the beaming apparition as she takes him on a journey floating across the night sky."
True Grit (2010)
"Religious obsession meets raging teen hormones and an irrepressible desire for a date with the deity. And not always with dramatic clarity, while decidedly on the pathological when not celibate kooky erotic side. "
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Sophie's Revenge (2009)
The Tourist (2010)
"The steamy and barely restrained cat and mouse chemistry between Jolie and Depp is palpable throughout. And laced with stylishly provocative wit and charm, in an enigmatic tango between the entrapped nicotine nut and predatory love junkie in charge."
The Company Men (2011)
"This is not simply a pity party for these corporate suits mostly concerned about holding on to their McMansions, fleet of designer cars or country club memberships, while those in the audience may be more stressed about what, if anything, is for dinner."
I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)
"Giving an entire new meaning to the notion of physical comedy in a movie, Jim Carrey appears to be getting his groove on with uncommonly fierce homoerotic relish, while diving into his role as the man also known as King Con, with manic gay gusto. "
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
"Touches on the dubious one-drug-fits-all notion of a chemical quick fix for emotional turmoil. But how richer this lovebird tale might have been, had it explored the clash of her economic struggle for life-sustaining meds, with his profiting from it. "
"Bugsby Berkeley with Botox. And if you're thinking pasties and poles when mulling about the movie and issues around truth in advertising, forget about it. This PG-13 contemporary rhinestone retro-romp is basically sexual innuendo with garments. "
"The Rock's born again bad guy with a good heart propels this meaty plot to the edge and back as a formidable screen presence. And one who can impressively multitask terror and tenderness in smooth succession, who knew."
The Next Three Days (2010)
"Unlike Conviction, this film opts out of DNA/exoneration heartbreak as a triumphant dramatic tool, and goes directly for the post-9/11 paranoia, righteously rebellious jugular instead. So is one man's terrorist another man's Russell Crowe? You bet."
Made in Dagenham (2010)
"As uplifting a story as this may be, the facts are quite different. And the film should in no way diminish the historical record, for which so many struggled with such brave and unyielding hearts. Including Castle's push for the first anti-union laws. "
127 Hours (2010)
"In brutal makeover as that tortured vessel for the duration is Franco, beating himself up for his art as that reckless prankster personality. And equally humbled by the contradictory awesome beauty turned terrifying indifference of the natural world."
Wild Target (2010)
"Director Lynn (My Cousin Vinny), who's displayed his expertise at mixing murder and silly mayhem on both continents, exhibits his stylized flair for pathological lunacy and flaky elegance. Even as the story occasionally feels overwrought and recycled."
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
"While the pacing often sags, Kristen's rude womanchild picks up the slack. As she settles into a sleazy routine while seeming just as relaxed moping around infatuated vampires, as stuck to stripper poles and pasties faking the femme fatale in charge."
"The ho-hum premise picks up steam as the goofy humor escalates during the course of this bumpy road movie. Kicking off with a synagogue showdown with the infamous Kosher Killer, and later fearsome female sidebars including sisters of mercy who nun up. "
"Hold on E. Raymond, since I'm the movie critic here, I get to be the pimp. So let me chime in before things get too out of hand. Showing up in a film to peddle your condescending sales pitch may be a tad insulting and simply dumbing down the demographic"
Punching the Clown (2010)
"Boasting a fabulously flamboyant script by co-conspirator serial loon Phillips and director Viens and salacious serenading rudely dissing the FCC's naughty word police, this is no-budget hardcore standup comic cinema at its most irreverently outrageous."
"This devastating drama says as much about mistaken identity as a US court system which - as with running for elections - necessitates a hefty price tag. And essentially closes its doors to those without money to afford that item called justice. "
Idiots and Angels (2010)
"Clint see dead people. Mixing mortality, meds, mysticism and migraines, this globe trotting ghost tale intertwines characters venturing beyond the grave into a multinational afterlife, without crossing the line into religious doctrine. Make My Daydream."
"Rowdy espionage by over-the-hill undercover hotheads that is less about belligerent bragging rights, than generation gap self-parody. And a PG rated Willis initiated phone sex sidebar for unrequited lovebirds, in prolonged perverse celibate CIA desire."
"Not exactly a beast biopic about sex and DNA or a National Geographic reproductive romance, but certainly about studs, Secretariat doesn't horse around when inferring that mares matter most, whether of the steed or human variety. "
Inside Job (2010)