New York Daily News

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Rating Title/Year Author
Prayers for Bobby (2009) David Hinckley The problem here lies with wrapping that message inside a movie that has so little nuance it plays like a public service announcement. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Airborne (1993) Stephen Hunter The movie turns out to be hyperslick, quite well made in the technical sense (beautifully photographed and designed) and somewhat shallow, another exploration of that perennial and passionate teen theme, fitting in. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Teen Beach 2 (2015) David Hinckley In the end, Teen Beach Movie owes more to its 1960s predecessors than its audience might realize, painting the same fantasy world where everyone is nice. No real-life people actually live there. But it's a cool getaway. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Horse Sense (1999) Paul Schultz "Horse Sense" is none too subtle, pounding home its messages of selflessness and hard work. But it's well-acted and well-paced, and it's always good to see Hollywood point out the shallowness of Hollywood life. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Camp Rock (2008) David Hinckley This is Cinderella or Snow White in contemporary casual with a Z-100 beat. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Color of Friendship (2000) Paul Schultz The performances are wonderful, and when politics arise it seems natural. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Descendants (2015) David Hinckley Thanks to winning performances by [Dove] Cameron, [Kristin]Chenoweth and others, it's a flick the family can sit down and enjoy. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 () David Hinckley I Swear to God is niche humor, aimed at young guys. But the young guy doing it shows us he's good enough so if he ever wants to branch out, he can. Maybe someday he'll make a swell curmudgeon. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() David Hinckley Whitney Cummings returns to the world of standup with this Comedy Central special, and it's good to have her back. The hourlong set feels a little uneven, with some hilarious passages and a few lulls. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
() David Hinckley [Wanda Sykes] isn't afraid and is funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999) David Bianculli It's a great showcase, written entirely by a gifted comic whom you should, by tuning in, allow to Rock your world. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
() David Hinckley Since Carvey built much of his "Saturday Night Live" reputation on imitations of political personalities, he finds a way here to mash a half-dozen of them together... It's comedically okay, but it feels like nostalgia humor. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
() David Hinckley Funny thing is, that's true, and Gaffigan proves it with a fast-moving hour of standup that you don't have to mute if the kids or Grandma walk into the room. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014) David Hinckley It's not an all-ages comedy special. It will entertain the grownups. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 Scream 3 (2000) Jack Mathews The series is already so dense with internal references and exposition that it's on the verge of becoming more of a trivia game than a movie series. Still, for the initiated, the third time's a charm. For everyone else, it's just a scream. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2.5/4 The Way of the Gun (2000) Jack Mathews McQuarrie's script has some wonderfully ripe gangster dialogue, and as you'd expect, the characters and situations are never quite who and what they seem. But the payoff is blunted by the preposterous -- and unnecessarily gory -- shootouts. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/4 Stepmom (1998) Jami Bernard It's a lovely daydream, made lovelier by the fiercely maternal performance of Sarandon as a lioness protecting her cubs, and Julia Roberts as a mass of insecurity trying to measure up to impossible standards. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 The Cell (2000) Jami Bernard Like [anyone's] imagination, the movie's landscape is littered with half-remembered pop artifacts... what's different is that Tarsem, a commercial and video director here making his feature debut, sticks the protagonists in a garden of unearthly delights. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
2.5/4 But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) Jami Bernard First-time feature director Jamie Babbit's pink-drenched comedy is amusing and good-natured, but necessarily thin. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
1/4 Practical Magic (1998) Jami Bernard It doesn't seem as if there was much communication between the three screenwriters who are credited with adapting Alice Hoffman's novel. Perhaps they should have tried ESP. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/5 Bad Boys (1995) Dave Kehr Entertainment of the gratingly commercial, teeth-rattling variety is provided in Bad Boys. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) Jami Bernard I Know What You Did Last Summer is gory enough for the devotees and has story enough for everyone else. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/4 Cruel Intentions (1999) Jami Bernard It's easy to see why the director thought his Cliff Notes approach to literature would work. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 The Cable Guy (1996) Dave Kehr The Cable Guy is a gutsy move on Carrey's part, suggesting a willingness to grow just where commercial good sense would say to stand pat. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Gummo (1997) Jami Bernard Virtually plotless, the movie does its best to be offensive, but not in the service of any particular theme. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Dreamcatcher (2003) Jack Mathews Dreamcatcher is pretty much a special-effects movie, with uneven results. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 Species (1995) Jami Bernard Despite its silly excesses of misogyny -- watch out for female sexuality, it'll kill ya! -- this absurdly exploitative sci-fi movie is not unpleasant to watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
Frosty the Snowman (1969) Joe Dziemianowicz The animation is folksy and cute, like an old-timey holiday card, and the raspy voice of Jimmy Durante...as the narrator is like home sweet home. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
1.5/5 Peppermint (2018) Katie Walsh Just because the vigilante happens to be America's PTA mom, Garner doesn't make the wanton displays of unchecked violence any less icky. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
Birdsong (2012) David Hinckley Birdsong burrows down into the individual stories and dreams that die on these killing fields, and in that sense it is terribly sad. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2018
Grey Gardens (2009) David Hinckley No matter how many times we revisit the story and peek in the windows, there really isn't much we can do except shake our heads and acknowledge that some people either don't get very good cards or don't play them very well. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Stephen Whitty It's not just "Impossible," it's irresistible. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
The Equalizer 2 (2018) Joe Dziemianowicz It's got some curves and tension, but it's dogged by issues. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Stephen Whitty It's a movie that has nowhere to go and takes forever to get there. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2018
Too Big to Fail (2011) David Hinckley Whether you agree or disagree, the film sorts out a complex situation in simple and human terms. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
3/5 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Stephen Whitty "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" is pretty gory, very grim and kind of depressing. So before you buy your ticket, know what you're signing up for. But you're probably going to regret enlisting anyway. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2018
2.5/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Stephen Whitty If this is the best the "Jurassic" series can manage, it's the real endangered species. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2018
1/5 Gotti (2018) Stephen Whitty Admittedly, Travolta, who produced, is sure having fun. What ham wouldn't? Chewing on the scenery like it was a meatball hero, he swaggers around in shiny suits and silver wigs, barking orders. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
Recount (2008) David Hinckley The tension that swirled around thousands of disputed Florida ballots after the November 2000 election was almost Shakespearean... Recount effectively dramatizes that struggle. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Stephen Whitty This one still delights. But its satire on superheroes no longer seems quite so, well, incredible. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
4.5/5 Hereditary (2018) Stephen Whitty "Hereditary" is that rare thing - a smart horror movie that doesn't outsmart itself by refusing to deliver. Its mood is dark and forbidding and just keeps building. Its scares are genuinely shocking. And the ending... EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 Hotel Artemis (2018) Joe Dziemianowicz The wannabe thriller set in the near future packs gritty style and ambiance, but that's no match when the story has no stakes and doesn't add up. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 Ocean's 8 (2018) Stephen Whitty This caper's a keeper. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
The Help (2011) Roxane Gay At one point, Minny rhapsodizes about fried chicken and the solace of its preparation... I was convinced the movie was satirical. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
Book Club (2018) Stephen Whitty The filmmakers have a good idea for a comedy here. They just don't have enough good comedy here. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ethan Sacks The movie's real hero...is Howard. He managed to bring a fun, if slightly scuffed up, joyride into theaters - against the odds. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Stephen Whitty The perfect Avengers antidote. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2018
Life of the Party (2018) Stephen Whitty McCarthy and Falcone are clearly in love, and it's nice they like to do things together, but does it have to be movies? EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
Breaking In (2018) Joe Dziemianowicz "Breaking In"? More like "Gimme a break." EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
Overboard (2018) Stephen Whitty Abandon ship. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018