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Reviews: The Club (2016)

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Reviews: Deadpool (2016)

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  • [New – 2/11/16] | Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Primero que nada, gracias a Ryan Reynolds por haber peleado por una década y pico para lograr traernos este personaje a la pantalla grande como debe ser. Segundo, gracias a 20th Century Fox por haber tenido los globos de acero bien puestos en su sitio y haber permitido que este irreverente filme ahora exista en nuestras vidas. Deadpool, no tan sólo es el filme que el popular personaje merecía desde hace tiempo, sino que también es uno que logra romper nuevo terreno dentro de un género bastante conglomerado. Divertida, grosera y muy fiel, Deadpool es la película de cómics y/o superhéroes más cómica que jamas allá visto.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: Profane, hyper-violent, and never hesitant to take things a step or two beyond overkill, Deadpool is just the swift kick to the junk the genre needs.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This R-rated, pop culture riffing, wisecracking subversive antihero is a hell of a lot of fun to hang out with, which is a good thing because the jokes fly so fast and furiously you’ll probably have to watch “Deadpool” multiple times to catch them all.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Blake Crane @ Film Pulse
    • Excerpt: The jarring introduction is good for a chuckle, but the R-rated, one-joke irony, all with the same tone, is annoyingly stretched throughout the entire film.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Beneath the layers of the façade, this really is just your normal, average superhero movie.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Deadpool’ doesn’t pull any punches, earning its R-rating with the most well-crafted coarse language, graphic violence, scenes of sexuality and nudity all c/o Ryan Reynolds.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Courtney Howard @ Sassy Mama In LA
    • Excerpt: It’s a ballsy, bloody, and bold adrenaline rush.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Callous, crass, unpleasantly smug. Supposes it’s being edgy because its protagonist swears a lot, but it’s like a child saying bad words just to be naughty.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: No other superhero movie would dare poke fun at itself so overtly and now that Deadpool opens up the genre for all to see, is there any going back? When the next Captain America and X-Men installments hit theaters later this year, will audiences fall back in line or will they imagine the insults Deadpool would hurl at them?
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Deadpool, much like its source material, is an irreverent, bloody, and riotous twist on the superhero genre – a must-see comic book movie experience.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Oktay Kozak @ The Oregon Herald
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Witty, profane, and full of action, Deadpool is a nice breath of fresh air in what’s been a stale early going for 2016, and bodes well for the future of the character.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Dead to rights…
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: It’s fast, loose, and (mostly) fun: Deadpool might be a total failure as a your typical superhero feature, but as a go-for-broke comedy this thing is a blast.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba, Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: It’s grotesquely violent, unrepentantly obscene, and slathered in a wise-ass attitude. So, “Deadpool” is fucking awesome.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: An exercise in following established formula while pretending to subvert it by slyly pointing out its absurdities and adding all sorts of nasty pop culture references and profane asides to the mix.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Only about half of its gags stick, but Deadpool nonetheless endures through sheer waggish enthusiasm, spattering guts (and other substances) all over the dire, earnest tone that smothers many comic book adaptations.

Reviews: How to Be Single (2016)

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Reviews: Southbound (2016)

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Reviews: Zoolander 2 (2016)

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  • [New – 2/11/16] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: as Heidi Klum would say ‘As you know in fashion, one day you’re in. And the next day, you’re out.’
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Blake Crane @ BlakeCrane.com
    • Excerpt: 2001’s Zoolander was clever. Zoolander 2 is stupid.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: The sequel’s facelift of once beloved jokes is simply too much to take since in the process of smoothing over the familiar punchlines, it has nevertheless distorted everything else. A countenance that was once so welcoming is still there, but “Blue Steel” this ain’t.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This character has a short comic shelf life. We get it, already: He’s really dumb.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: People continue to quote the original Zoolander to this day. The sequel will produce nothing as lasting; fans of the first film will forget Zealander 2 even exists.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
    • Excerpt: …densely dizzy with oddball ideas loosely held together by a flimsy plot
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Zoolander 2, which is a tedious, tired, brutally unfunny, single-note disaster that took 15 years to get here. I wish it’d taken longer, like until after I am dead.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Who-lander?
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba, Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: Stiller tries to make his movie meta by having its heroes labeled “Old” and “Lame” only to be redeemed by proving themselves once more relevant and cool. But “Zoolander 2? offers no such redemption for Stiller himself, delivering a comedy that’s studded with dud punchlines, rehashed gags and too few fresh bits.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A lumbering, laugh-free sequel [that] fizzles like a defective firecracker.

Reviews: 88th Oscars: Nominated Shorts (2016)

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Reviews: The Boy (2016)

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Reviews: The Choice (2016)

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  • [New – 2/4/16] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Spare me.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The 11th film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel and if you’ve seen one, then there is a good chance you know everything about this movie. I suppose it’s fine for date night, but that only applies to a date who wants nothing to do with post-film conversation about deeper themes and messages. You’ll fine none of those here.
  • [New – 2/5/16] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: There’s not a single moment of emotional honesty in this latest helping of meretricious melodrama from the pen of Nicholas Sparks, but that probably won’t stop his fans from sighing and weeping over its ham-fisted mixture of giggly romance and cheap sentiment.

Reviews: Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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  • [New – 2/11/16] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It is, all in all, mid-level Coens. But as so many others have noted, mid-level Coens still tops most other filmmakers at their peak.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A light-hearted dramedy about a good man working in Hollywood.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! es una graciosa y divertida carta de amor al excéntrico y mimado Hollywood de los años 50s. Desde las filmaciones de películas clásicas, hasta números musicales llenos de magia y esplendor, los hermanos Coen sin duda logran contagiarte con su amor por dicha época de oro del cine. Aunque lejos de ser de sus mejores ofertas, Hail, Caesar! termina siendo un agradable viaje al pasado, gracias a excelentes actuaciones, una hermosa fotografía y una historia serpentina respaldada por bastante humor sano.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: With Hail, Caesar!, it’s baffling to see the Coens deliver something with next to nothing at stake and zero involvement from a character perspective.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Who but the Coen brothers could make a Christ allegory with the Imperial Garden Chinese restaurant as the desert where Jesus is tempted?
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Blake Crane @ Film Pulse
    • Excerpt: There’s something for every brand of Coen brothers fan in Hail, Caesar!
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The Coen Brothers’ latest outing, “Hail, Caesar!,” basically takes the same subject matter as the Oscar®-nominated “Trumbo” and turns it inside out while on acid. In what would otherwise be just a goofy homage to Hollywood in the fifties, here the Communist screenwriters really are collaborating with the Soviet Union to turn America red. This should be offensive as hell, but “Hail, Caesar!” is so deftly executed it turns what could have been the second coming of John Wayne’s Cold War propaganda soap opera “Big Jim McLain” into a satire of right wing paranoia.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! is an episodic romp, filled with unabashed adoration for the feats, follies, and foibles of Hollywood.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The Coen brothers’ latest picture, ‘Hail, Caesar!’, is a silly tribute to traditional Hollywood starring all the usual suspects with a few fresh additions.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s not the worst Coen brothers picture, but it’s close.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Delightfully bonkers, it’s exuberant, entertaining and enjoyable.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Allyson Johnson @ CambridgeDay.com
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Rather than mock this era of studio primacy, the Coens celebrate it; they lovingly pay homage to it, even though they cloak the honor in comedy, satire, and wit. Hail, Caesar! is a refreshing and creative return to classic Coen Brothers brainy comedy; the kind they douse with clever, cheeky one-liners.
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: There is more to Hail, Caesar! than simply a loving look of the Hollywood of a bygone era, but that vitality allows it to glide over any of its bumps in the road. It is difficult not to leave the theater wishing you had gotten a tad more, but the reason we want more is rooted in the quality of what the Coens have given us.
  • Oktay Kozak @ The Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Review … obviously meant as a homage to the great Preston Sturges, the Coens’ latest disappoints; it’s a disjointed, surprisingly dour succession of double entendres, in-jokes, backlot vignettes …
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: If you love movies from the ’40s and ’50s, you’ll see the affection buried within the Coens’ often uproarious parody of the on- and off-screen cinematic world at that time.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Hail, Caesar! may not go down as one of the best Coen Brothers movie, but even that is still better than damn near every other offering out there.
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: I’d totally watch it again and bask in its sketch comedy skit nature, but it could have been so much more. Instead it’s a fluff piece with a ton of memorable parts that ultimately add up to an underwhelming whole.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Filmmakers achieve a rare level of freedom and anonymity when they’re as consistently good as the Coens are, and their latest film Hail, Caesar! is one wacky comedy that throws pie all over Tinseltown’s face.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: It’s intriguing that the Coen brothers are exploring their own relationship with Hollywood and moviemaking through this zany comedy. That alone makes it worth a rewatch.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It’s not their best film, but I’m happy that I saw it. It’s a giddy, colorful and sublimely goofy confection, a trip through Hollywood’s Golden Age and a heightened vision of what that era was all about. The brothers establish their story not with a singular narrative but with a structure that feels more like a series of short stories merged together with a common theme.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Impresses more as a fitfully engaging exercise than a fully realized vision. Among the collaborations of the Coens and Clooney, this falls closer to ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ than to ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ But to render unto ‘Caesar’ its due, the movie does deliver sporadic amusement and a few absolutely spectacular sequences.
  • [New – 2/11/16] | Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: All of the watchable performances make this uneven Coen Brothers movie worth seeing.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film slowly reveals more complex political and spiritual currents, which wriggle through the fizzy period dialog like shrewd serpents.

Reviews: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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