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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
High adventure and fun times in an unexpectedly entertaining sequel
"...board game no more: When Nineties kids are too cool for dice, it becomes a video game, hiding its..."

Dec. 22, 2017 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Happy Death Day
Living your death over and over again
"...project involving Michael Bay and Megan Fox – yeesh). Cool girl Tree Gelbman (Rothe, La La Land) keeps waking..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Movie Review by Danielle White

Lucky
Cranky loner (and beloved character actor) faces mortality
"...another. In a six-decade-long career benchmarked with Paris, Texas, Cool Hand Luke, Alien, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, and..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Passengers
Bound for a distant planet, two persons awake prematurely
"...left to ponder what is: a kinda corny, kinda cool, big-budgeted Hollywood to-do with the nerviness to ask a..."

Dec. 23, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Slash
A sweet coming-of-age film set in the world of fan fiction
"...also attracts the attention of Julia (Marks), an effortlessly cool slash author who takes him under her elfin wing..."

Dec. 9, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Doctor Strange
The Doctor is out, far out
"...the same franchise universe with an outré panache. He’s cool, this physician Strange, but I’m unsure what Hippocrates would..."

Nov. 4, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Accountant
Math, mayhem, and murder abound in this somewhat confusing thriller
"...assignments (à la Charlie’s Angels) that he needs to cool his criminal trail for a while and take a..."

Oct. 14, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Seth Rogen learns that girls just want to have fun
"...when scoping this sequel to 2014’s Neighbors, in which cool couple Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) played baby-rearing..."

May 20, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Huntsman: Winter's War
Modernized fairy tale is a wan follow-up
"...name is Eric), played as before with brawny, cocky cool by Chris Hemsworth. Snow White’s villainess, Ravenna (Theron) returns,..."

April 22, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Legend
Tom Hardy pulls double duty playing both the criminal Kray twins
"...spotlights every side of Reggie’s warring personalities – the cool-headed club owner, the curling-fisted crime boss, and the sweet..."

Nov. 27, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Barista
Baristas compete for fame and glory, and the camera catches it all
"...but it gets extra style points for mimicking the hipster-cool attitude and caffeinated bounce of the tattooed coffee artists..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Pawn Sacrifice
Fictionalized tale of famed chess bout between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky
"...playing Spassky, big as a Russian bear and as ice-cool as the country’s signature 80-proof spirit. Is it unpatriotic..."

Sept. 25, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Prez for Life & Beyond: Lester Young
Tenor sax king helped put Kansas City on the musical map
"...Still the President of Cool, Lester Young would’ve turned 106 today. In his soft-spoken..."

Aug. 27, 2015 Music Post by William Harries Graham

Best of Enemies
The 1968 debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal are legend
"...on the famous exchange in which Buckley loses his cool after being called a “crypto Nazi” by Vidal one..."

Aug. 21, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Straight Outta Compton
Picture about origins of rap group NWA shows off their snarly cool
"...their lives, Straight Outta Compton’s bark is just as snarly-cool as its bite. Take that, Tipper Gore...."

Aug. 14, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

We Are the Best!
Lukas Moodysson gives us a captivating portrait of 13-year-old proto-punk girls in 1982 Sweden.
"...Bobo is a weirdo – meaning, a sensitive, cool kid – and she would be a loner, were..."

June 13, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

'Zero Charisma' Rolls a Double Six on Distribution
Nerdist and Tribeca team up for Austin role playing comedy
"...not Avengers: Age of Ultron (although that is pretty cool.) Home of geek cool Nerdist Industries and Tribeca Film..."

July 21, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Total Recall
This Total Recall is fast, furious, and frequently fun, but it lacks the snappy, weirdo vibe of its predecessor.
"...up for one moment. If Verhoeven's version is a woozy-cool head trip and a half, Wiseman's take on Dick..."

Aug. 3, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Contagion
Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast remind us to be very afraid.
"...most ancient existential bugaboos – plague! – with a cool, strictly by-the-book tone that's near-documentarylike in feel, Soderbergh outlines..."

Sept. 9, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Viva Les Slackers!
Viva Les Amis and Slacker 2011 double-team
"..."There's always something really cool that you should've seen, but it's gone." That's the..."

Aug. 8, 2011 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

Buck
The real-life "horse whisperer," Dan "Buck" Brannaman, is the subject of this documentary that reveals how he derived his hard-won knowledge.
"...Evans’ book or Robert Redford's film, than a calm, cool cowboy who just plain gets horses more than most..."

June 24, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Submarine
This British film is a bracingly deadpan coming-of-age story that proudly wears its Wes Anderson influences on its sleeve.
"...with U.K. cult-television phenom The Mighty Boosh and the bizarro-cool faux Eighties horror show Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, both of..."

June 17, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Takers
This Los Angeles-set heist movie stars lots of well-muscled men.
"...of hip-hop Heat, even aping Michael Mann's fondness for cool color palettes. Like Heat, the L.A.-based Takers takes great..."

Sept. 3, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Inception
Nolan's first film since The Dark Knight is a heist picture with an inventive twist.
"...Van Dyke beard? – but his blend of unflappable cool and spittle-sob emotiveness is irresistible here...."

July 16, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Joneses
David Duchovny and Demi Moore star in this partially successful comedy about consumer culture that turns uncomfortably moralistic part way through.
"...the film with their generally sardonic line deliveries and cool presence. Kate is the team leader, who keeps her..."

April 16, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Youth in Revolt
Teen angst is on the docket in this Michael Cera vehicle that's pleasant but never delivers on the revolt promised in the title.
"...path of Sheeni Saunders (Doubleday). She’s sharp, educated, and cool to touch, at home in bikinis and Fifties shirtdresses...."

Jan. 8, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Fantastic Fest: 'Mandrill'
Assassination adventure proves exploitation cinema is still cool in Chile
"...anyone that yearns for the days when heroes were cool and lantern-jawed, heroines wore cocktail dresses, and every punch..."

Sept. 29, 2009 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Land of the Lost
Will Ferrell's remake of the beloved Sid and Marty Krofft TV show lacks virtually everything that made the original series so memorable.
"...show was wildly imaginative, gamely acted, and above all cool. A recent viewing of several original episodes by yours..."

June 5, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Twilight
One is human and the other's vampire: What's a pair of young soulmates to do?
"...sanguine affairs (Udo Kier? Frank Langella? Max Shreck!). When broody-but-cool teen Bella Swan (Stewart) moves from living with her..."

Nov. 28, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Transporter 3
Jason Statham returns for the third venture in this action series, which is surprisingly better than you might expect.
"...Besson has a hand in, it smacks of post-globalization Euro-cool, most breathtakingly in the person of Statham's co-star and..."

Nov. 28, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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