“Interstellar” (2014)


What are you doing, Dave? Get back into the theatre, Dave.

Wow. After all the great ratings for this movie I actually expected this to be, you know, a good movie. How anyone who’s seen “2001: A Space Odyssey” can give this four stars or more is absolutely beyond me. But the critics for some reason raved about this thing.

The plot is that the Earth is running out of food and crops keep failing due to some kind of Nitrogen-loving blight. […]

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“The Interview” (2014)



So with all the hoopla around this movie and it being Christmas Eve I figured: “What the hell, lets do something for Freedom Of Expression” and I saw “The Interview.” It wasn’t as bad as I expected – the teasers they’d been showing are quite misleading. The ads make this look like a goofy slap-stick comedy – and it does have those elements – but there’s a lot more going on.

Lets get the serious question out of the way first. […]

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“Horrible Bosses 2” (2014)



It’s rare that a sequel lives up to the original, but “Horrible Bosses 2” is an exception to the rule. Writer/director Sean Anders (“Hot Tub Time Machine”, “We’re The Millers”) brings back the original cast for another wild ride through Los Angeles. This time, the three buddies (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) are trying to start their own business and run afoul of a crooked business magnate.

The three leads are just as inept as ever. Maybe even dumber than in the last movie, but still somehow charming. […]

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“Exodus: Gods and Kings” (2014)



On parchment, this should have been a good movie. Ridley Scott directing. Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley, and even John Turturro starring. Sadly, much like biting into a Matzoh, this movie is bland and flavorless.

For starters, Bale looks about as Jewish as Denis Leary. He’s supposed to be a “Hebrew” and this little bit of casting simply doesn’t work. Bale is a fine actor but in this epic he looks kind of confused and out of place. Kingsley’s performance is wooden. Turturro as King Seti does a decent job – but he looks and sounds more “Hewbrew” than Moses. […]

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“The Equalizer” (2014)



This is a remake of the classic 1980’s TV show starring Edward Woodward, but with Denzel Washington starring in the title role as “Robert McCall.” The locale has been moved to Boston which lends a different feel than a film shot in New York (where the original series was set).

Antoine Fuqua (“King Arthur”, “The Replacement Killers”) directs and as usual does a great job. The film has a great gritty look to it, all the characters ring true, and there are no lapses in the flow of the film. […]

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