Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review site
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
NEW THIS WEEK
Get Out 5
Punching Henry 5
Bitter Harvest (2017) rate me!
Rock Dog rate me!
Tulip Fever rate me!
VooDoo rate me!
As You Are rate me!
Dying Laughing rate me!
Lost Cat Corona rate me!
ALSO IN THEATERS

COMING NEXT WEEK
1-Mar Contemporary Color
3-Mar Before I Fall
3-Mar Freedom to Marry, The
3-Mar Junction 48
3-Mar Last Laugh, The (2017)
3-Mar Last Word, The (2017)
3-Mar Leap!
3-Mar Love & Taxes
3-Mar My Scientology Movie
3-Mar Shack, The
3-Mar T2: Trainspotting
3-Mar Table 19
3-Mar Untitled Wolverine Sequel
3-Mar Wolves (2016)

DVD RELEASES
21-Feb Bad Santa 2  
21-Feb Beauty and the Beast (2016)  
21-Feb Hacksaw Ridge  
21-Feb Manchester by the Sea  
24-Feb Shut In (2016)  
28-Feb Allied  
28-Feb Doctor Strange  
28-Feb Moonlight (2016)  
28-Feb Rules Don't Apply  

TOP 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Get Out 5
I Am Not Your Negro 5
John Wick: Chapter Two 5
LEGO Batman Movie, The 4.43
My Father Die 4

BOTTOM 5
MOVIES IN RELEASE
TITLE RATING
Fifty Shades Darker 1
XX 2
Kung Fu Yoga 2.71
Duckweed 3
Brand New Testament, The 3

2012 Tribeca Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Five-Year Engagement, The 3.4
Rubberneck 2.38
Resolution 4
Deadfall (2012) 3
Playroom, The 3
MORE MOVIES

2013 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antisocial 4
Last Tycoon, The 4
V/H/S/2 4
Ritual: A Psychomagic Story 3
Night That Panicked America, The 4
MORE MOVIES

2013 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Kill Your Darlings (2013) 2.22
Omar 4.57
Under the Skin (2014) 4.15
Only Lovers Left Alive 4
Begin Again 3.95
MORE MOVIES

2013 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Square, The (2013) 5
Blue Is the Warmest Color 4.75
Omar 4.57
Stranger by the Lake 4
12 Years a Slave 3.62
MORE MOVIES

2013 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hide Your Smiling Faces 4
Le Week-End 3.71
12 Years a Slave 3.62
Go Goa Gone 2.71
Stop-Over 4
MORE MOVIES

2016 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Swiss Army Man 4
Green Room 3
Sophie and the Rising Sun 4
Captain Fantastic 1
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
MORE MOVIES

2016 Slamdance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Embers 4.14
MORE MOVIES

2016 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Ex Machina 3.97
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 4.03
Native (2016) 5
Dual City 4
400 Days 1
MORE MOVIES

2016 Fantasia International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Lure, The 3
Operation Avalanche 4
Red Christmas 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Parasyte: Part 2 4
MORE MOVIES

Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Hollars, The 4
Kate Plays Christine 2
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Embers 4.14
MORE MOVIES

2016 Boston Underground Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Lure, The 3
Belladonna of Sadness 4
Cash Only 4
Chasing Banksy 3
MORE MOVIES

2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
Life, Animated 5
Demon 4
Under the Shadow 5
In A Valley of Violence 4.46
MORE MOVIES

2016 Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Antibirth 4
Abattoir 1
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Found Footage 3D 4.14
Don't Breathe (2016) 3.67
MORE MOVIES

2016 Las Vegas Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 4
MORE MOVIES

2016 Toronto International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Queen of Katwe 4.86
Handmaiden, The 5
Arrival 3.27
Paterson 4.86
I Am Not Your Negro 5
MORE MOVIES

2016 Fantastic Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Lure, The 3
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 3.2
Assassination Classroom: Graduation 4
Safe Neighborhood 3
MORE MOVIES

2016 New York Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Certain Women 4.14
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
I, Daniel Blake 1
Paterson 4.86
I Am Not Your Negro 5
MORE MOVIES

2016 Chicago International Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
Autopsy of Jane Doe, The 4
Handmaiden, The 5
Jackie 4
Prevenge 4
MORE MOVIES

2016 Venice Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.35
Light Between Oceans, The 3
Hacksaw Ridge 4.1
Nocturnal Animals 1.5
Jackie 4
MORE MOVIES

2016 Telluride Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.35
Arrival 3.27
Manchester by the Sea 3.5
Sully 4.1
Moonlight (2016) 4.8
MORE MOVIES

2016 AFI Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Paterson 4.86
La La Land 3.35
Patriots Day 5
Eyes of My Mother, The 3
Lure, The 3
MORE MOVIES

2016 Savannah Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Arrival 3.27
La La Land 3.35
Jackie 4
Paterson 4.86
MORE MOVIES

2016 Austin Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
La La Land 3.35
Loving (2016) 4
Found Footage 3D 4.14
MORE MOVIES

2016 Denver Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
We Are the Flesh 4
La La Land 3.35
Jackie 4
MORE MOVIES

2016 Monster Fest MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Psychonauts 4
Beyond the Gates (2016) 2
Antibirth 4
Safe Neighborhood 3
Playground (2016) 3
MORE MOVIES

2017 Sundance Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
XX 2
MORE MOVIES

2017 South by Southwest Film Festival MOVIES
TITLE RATING
Free Fire 5
Prevenge 4
MORE MOVIES

SEARCH

reviews features
movie title
writer/director/cast

BITCHSLAP STATS
Movies Listed: 30190
Total Ratings: 245330
Total Reviews: 27441
[67737539 Hits]

Add to Google

 
SPOTLIGHTED FEATURES REGULAR COLUMNS
Films I Neglected To Review: Special International Edition
The Ten Best Films of 2016
Criticwatch - The 2015 Quote Whores of the Year
Criticwatch Presents: Peter Travers (The 2015 Retrospective)
Criticwatch Presents: Pete Hammond (The 2015 Retrospective)
Celebrity Exclusive Interviews
Film Festivals of the World
Criticwatch
Rants and Raves
DVD Reviews
Movies & Money with Erik Childress
The Oscar Eye
Films I Neglected To Review with Peter Sobczynski
Short Stuff
WGN Radio's Movie Reviews Podcast (w/ Nick Digilio, Erik Childress & Collin Souter)
DVD/Blu-ray Schedules
Movie Madness Podcast (with Erik Childress)
MORE FEATURES
Do you like us? Prove it and join us on Facebook!
LATEST REVIEWS
GET OUT
"I Woke Up Screaming"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "One of the great things about genre filmmaking—especially of the horror variety—is that as long as they remember to work in the requisite amounts of blood or bullets or whatever to satisfy the most basic of requirements, an enterprising director can utilize the familiar narrative tropes to comment and critique on real-world matters, often in more trenchant and insightful ways than a lot of the more overtly serious-minded movies being made at the same time. For example, when Tobe Hooper signed on to make a sequel to his horror classic “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” he and screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson took the opportunity to make a film that had all the chainsawing that one could possibly hope for but that also took aim at such targets as the greed-is-good mentality of the Eighties and gun culture in ways far smarter and funnier than anyone might have rightly expected from a movie entitled “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2.” Likewise, Joe Dante’s “Masters of Horror” episode “Homecoming” might have seemed like just another zombie-oriented tale on the surface but it displayed a righteous anger to the war in Iraq and the policymakers that led us smack dab into it that was sorely lacking in most of the straight-faced dramas on the subject. Alas, these days, few films are willing to mix things up in such a way for fear of potentially alienating scores of moviegoers but one that proudly goes against the grain in that respect is “Get Out,” a movie that works very well as a horror film but which works even better as a corrosive social satire that has more to say about many of the key issues regarding race and culture than practically all of the films currently vying for the Best Picture Oscar." (more)
GREAT WALL, THE
"Not quite an event, but surprisingly entertaining."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "I had a whole opening paragraph about how even the animation of the studio logo at the start of "The Great Wall" served to illustrate how the current attempts to engineer world-wide hits that played equally well in China and the West was a fool’s errand, but then something unexpected happened: The movie was kind of fun. Sure, in some ways director Zhang Yimou and his pan-Pacific team sometimes stumble into a good time, but it’s mostly a matter of creating an amusing, pulpy adventure story rather than getting caught up in what the producers have riding on their work." (more)
COOK UP A STORM
"The plating is iffy, but the taste is good."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There are certain themes I see in every Hong Kong movie that makes it to America these days, even though it’s kind of simplistic and patronizing to expect the changes in the city and its relationship to the rest of the world - basically, the reason why Hong Kong makes the papers - is going to be the focus of any film made there. For better or worse, it’s part of "Cook Up a Storm", but so is everything else; the filmmakers are cramming about five different food movies into this one. The jumping around makes it kind of hard for any one story to really grab the audience, but there’s something kind of nice about how this allows its small stories to stay small rather than get too caught up in self-importance." (more)
XX
"Y?"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The trouble with a lot of anthology films—especially ones of the horror variety—is that the very way that they are structured means that anyone watching them may get caught up in the frustrating experience of getting invested in a particular story and its characters, only to have them yanked away and replaced by new ones every 20 minutes or so. It also usually means that viewers will inevitably prefer some of the stories to others and spend the time during the latter wishing that they could go back to the ones that they liked. In the case of “XX,” a new horror anthology film with the hook that each of the four stories and the bits linking them together were written and directed by women, the good news is that these inevitable structural hiccups are not as bothersome as they might have been. The bad news is that the reason they aren’t so bothersome is that the tales on display are so uneven and relatively lackluster that few will mind being yanked abruptly from one to the other and that the gap in quality between the highlights and the lowpoints is not that vast." (more)
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO
"There are no half-measures"
5 stars
Greg Ursic says... "Regardless your religious or moral bent, there is one simple rule that every man needs to remember; don’t mess with another man’s woman, his dog or his car. The only thing worse than breaking the rule is messing with the latter when the man in particular happens to be a retired near mythical assassin currently mourning his recently deceased wife." (more)
DUCKWEED
"Hey, China, the bar for time-traveling by driving very fast is MUCH higher!"
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "The credits for "Duckweed" include thanks for the”wisdom” of James Cameron’s "The Terminator", Jeannot Szwarc’s "Somewhere in Time", and Robert Zemeckis’s "Back to the Future", and though I haven’t seen the second, I wonder if seeing wisdom as the take-away from the other two is what makes Han Han’s time travel fantasy seem so bland and unambitious." (more)
SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD
"Christmas Eve isn't the only trick this home invasion has up its sleeves."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT MONSTER FEST 2016: Talking about something being fun when it comes to horror movies probably strikes non-fans as bizarre even at first glance, with trying to do so in specific terms raising the ante to alarming, and trying to do so without spoiling the surprises marking the speaker as completely insane. So, pardon me if this review of "Safe Neighborhood" makes me sound nuts, because my feeling conflicted on it being fun or not extends right down to the premise at its very core." (more)
FIFTY SHADES DARKER
"Whipped!"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "After staggering out of the theater after the screening of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the 2015 screen adaptation of E.L. James’s improbably successful slab of mommy porn, I comforted myself with the thought that even though Universal had already announced plans to film the two followup books, it would be virtually impossible for those films to plumb the same depths of staggering ineptitude as their predecessor. Well, having seen the first of the sequels, “Fifty Shades Darker,” I have to step up and humbly admit that in this particular case, I was dead wrong in that assessment because this one is so awful—so badly constructed, ineptly acted and staggeringly unsexy—that it almost makes the original seem like some kind of classic by comparison. Admittedly, I am not exactly a part of the target audience for this particular franchise but I would find it very hard to believe that even those actually liked the first film—such people presumably exist, though I have yet to meet any of them—could possibly come away from this misfired exercise in pseudo-kink thinking that it was anything other than a botch and if there anyone that does, it must mean that they are even better at absorbing punishment than any of the nitwits on the screen." (more)
MORE REVIEWS

LATEST FEATURES
INTERVIEW: THE TEAM BEHIND AMERICAN FABLE, NOW IN THEATERS!
by Jason Whyte
"One of my biggest regrets of South By Southwest 2016 was missing the World Premiere of Anne Hamilton's AMERICAN FABLE which was one of the most acclaimed and talked about movies at SxSW last year. Just released by IFC Midnight in a platform North American release in both theaters and digital format, audiences now to see a unique American indie film." (more)
2016 OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS SUBJECT: A VIEWERS GUIDE
by Peter Sobczynski
"A look at the programs of films nominated for the year's Animated, Live-Action and Documentary Short Subject Oscars." (more)
VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: THEATER OF LIFE DIRECTOR PETER SVATEK
by Jason Whyte
""What fascinated me was the meeting of two worlds that don't fit together at all. The most elite cuisine; the best chefs in the world, Massimo Bottura leading the way, and Europe's most desperate and hungry. The Refettorio fed some of Milan's many homeless and refugees from Africa and the Middle East; the heart the migrant crisis. Most had never heard of any of the famous chefs. Would they care? Would it mean more than free soup kitchen meal? But the philosophy of the Refettorio was different. There were no lineups. Food was served restaurant-style by volunteers. It became a home-like environment. The same guests returned every day. Relationships were formed. So the question arises...what is "home" for a homeless person or a political refugee? These are the questions the film tackles. I wanted to go deeper and humanize the story. Truly get to know the people the Refettorio fed as well as the chefs. To see the ethical questions through their eyes as much the chef. The film is, I hope, a moving, human, compassionate look at all that." Director Peter Svatek on THEATER OF LIFE which screens at the Victoria Film Festival." (more)
MORE FEATURES

'ANDY DUFRESNE, WHO CRAWLED THROUGH A RIVER OF SHIT AND CAME OUT CLEAN ON THE OTHER SIDE.'
- Red, The Shawshank Redemption
 
 

SITE NEWS
3/15/14: ...
Older News
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Privacy Policy | | HBS Inc. |   
All data and site design copyright 1997-2016, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast