Film Reviews

Jungle Lug

What should be an epic adventure is sucked of life in The Legend of Tarzan.
Cole Williams
Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of Tarzan of the Apes, was never the most skilled wordsmith, but as science-fiction writer Jack DeVitt said, “When it rains in a Burroughs novel, the reader gets wet.” In comparison, The Leg...

Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick scam a free Hawaiian vacation because Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Stangled Web

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to discuss this uproarious wedding comedy.
Kristian Lin
Hmmm, what do we make of men writing all the R-rated female-centric comedies these days? Look at Neighbors 2, the upcoming Bad Moms, and this week’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, all written by teams of men, with not a si...

Max waits for his owner's return while Gidget spies on him from afar in "The Secret Life of Pets."

Pet Sounds

Delve into The Secret Life of Pets for a pleasant time.
Kristian Lin
The Secret Life of Pets is the latest animated film from the outfit Illumination Entertainment, which made the Despicable Me films. Indeed, it shares one of the same directors and two of the same writers as those movies. So tha...

Daniel Radcliffe is dead while Paul Dano looks for phone service in Swiss Army Man.

Body Issues

The corpse of true love runs smooth in the surreal fable Swiss Army Man.
Kristian Lin
I seldom feel like I’m running out of words, but we’re at the end of a month where I’ve reviewed one movie about hotel guests turning into animals and another one about necrophilia and cannibalism in high fashion, and I t...

Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill make an unlikely pair of friends in "The BFG."

The BFG: The Bigger They Are …

Steven Spielberg makes a giant flop in this Roald Dahl adaptation.
Kristian Lin
A few months ago, many observers were stunned when Mark Rylance won the Oscar for Best Supporting actor for his work on Bridge of Spies over favorite Sylvester Stallone. Maybe you saw the ceremony on TV and wondered who this Ry...

Elle Fanning’s not dead, merely posing for a photo shoot in The Neon Demon.

The Neon Demon: Fashion Victims

Women beware women in this gory horror film.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you heard that Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon caused boos and walkouts at Cannes. Sometimes it seems like every movie does that, but this one was so controversial that The Daily Mail called for it to be banned in...

The Phenom

The Phenom: Mental Games

Like its hero, this baseball drama loses its control.
Kristian Lin
You’ve seen Johnny Simmons around. The almost unbearably cute 29-year-old Dallas product has distinguished himself in Hollywood as the doomed boyfriend in Jennifer’s Body, the worshipful roadie in Scott Pilgrim vs. the Worl...

Dory finds help from an octopus who can travel on land in Finding Dory.

Blue Tang Clan

Pixar’s sequel Finding Dory is good even if it’s watered down.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you heard rumors about a human lesbian couple turning up in Pixar’s Finding Dory. I was prepared to ignore the issue, but it suddenly seems much less silly now. Two women briefly appear who could possibly be interpreted...

Colin Firth and Jude Law toil over a big novel in "Genius."

Cry Wolfe

A stone, a leaf, an unfound drama exist in the literary biopic Genius.
Kristian Lin
Genius is a movie about Thomas Wolfe. I don’t mean the 1960s journalist who coined the term “radical chic.” That writer became known as Tom to avoid confusion with the Thomas Wolfe who wrote novels in the 1930s and was, i...

A card trick goes awry for Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco in Now You See Me 2.


Now You See Me 2: For their next trick, these magicians improve on the original.
Back in 2013, Now You See Me was seen by audiences as a nice surprise and by critics as largely flashy but empty sleight of hand. Though I love it when audiences disagree with critics and make up their own minds, I didn’t car...