Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Run Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes, Rated G
Directed by Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge (Open Heart)
It's a very opportune time for A LEGO Brickumentary (opening today) to be released. LEGO, undoubtedly, is looking to bask in the glory of its classic product, the interchangeable construction bricks in which it, quite literally, has built an empire with. With last year's The LEGO Movie, the company is at the height of its popularity, so it only makes sense that a glowing documentary would be required, to cement all of our love for such a nostalgic and iconic toy. And while it should serve the masses well - and because it is in truth, quite harmless - A LEGO Brickumentaryplays like an in-house corporate propaganda video, meant to encourage loyalty and increase morale among co-workers. According to it, LEGO blocks are the most important tool ever created and its uses and benefits are infinite.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes, Not Rated
Written & Directed by Damon Gameau (feature-length directorial debut)
If you are arriving late to the party, let me fill you in: Sugar is bad. The public seems to just be coming around to this truth, and although it's going to take a whole heck of a lot to break our ingrained concepts of health and nutrition that has been spoon-fed to us for decades, documentaries like the recent Fed Up and now That Sugar Film (opening today and available on VOD) are definitely helping to get the message out. Ironically, That Sugar Film comes across as an adrenaline-filled buzz-high, in a genre not quite associated with usually being energy-infused.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Run Time: 1 hour, 57 minutes, Rated PG-13
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Canavale, Anthony Mackie, Judy Greer, Michael Pena
Directed by Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break-Up, Down with Love, Bring It On)
Marvel has a big problem. Its formula for success has been beaten and bashed more than one of its second-rate villains featured in any number of its recent movies. And although Chris Pratt breathed some new life into series with last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, every other entry in the "Phase 2" of Marvel films (that's every film since 2012's The Avengers) has left a lot to be desired, as the film franchise has begun to show major signs of creative fatigue. Enter Ant-Man (now in theaters), the latest chapter in the canon to suffer from the growing condition I like to call Marvel-itis. Symptoms include reluctant heroes, goofy side-kicks, lame villains and a need to try to create direct carbon copies of other, better films that have come before. Sadly, we are not helping the cure by flooding theaters every time a new chapter is unveiled. In fact, we may be the root cause as to why these films may never find a cure.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes, Rated R
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, LeBron James
Written by Amy Schumer
Directed by Judd Apatow (This is 40, Funny People, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin)
If you are not yet aware of the comedic phenomenon that is Amy Schumer, then where the heck have you been? Schumer is one of the funniest, up-and-coming stand-up comics out there, who over the past couple years has slowly scratched her way towards relevancy. Her "schtick," of being a loose, foul-mouthed slut borrows from those that came before, like Lisa Lampanelli and even Joan Rivers. She falls more closely in line though with Sarah Silverman, whose dirty and shocking comedic style is off-set by her cuteness and presumed innocence. Schumer's promiscuous persona is definitely aided by the fact that she is not the fat, butt-ugly girl that she pretends to be. But in her humor, we identify with her poor self-image and we appreciate her honest, refreshing take on sex from the female perspective.
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