No Escape

‘No Escape’ review: Escape from the theater

“No Escape” Directed by John Erick Dowdle Written by Drew & John Erick Dowdle Starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare, Spencer Garrett, Sahajak Boonthanakit Rated: R Grade: no stars out of **** “No Escape” features a family attempting to get out of an unnamed “Southeast Asian” country after bloodthirsty dissidents…

Straight Outta Compton

‘Straight Outta Compton’ review: Hardcore Gangsta Fanservice

“Straight Outta Compton” Directed by F. Gary Gray Written by Jonathan Hermah & Andrea Berloff (based on a story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus & Andrea Berloff) Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti, Elena Goode,…

Southpaw

‘Southpaw’ Review: It coulda’ been a contender

“Southpaw” Directed by Antoine Fuqua Written by Kurt Sutter Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Skylan Brooks, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz, Beau Knapp, Miguel Gomez Grade: ** out of **** Leila Hope (Oona Laurence), angry and frustrated, sits on the floor with her father. She doesn’t use a bench…

Magic Mike XXL

‘Magic Mike XXL’ Review: Even Better the Second Time

“Magic Mike XXL” Directed by Gregory Jacobs Written by Reid Carolin Starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Donald Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vicky Vox, Carrie Anne Hunt, Crystal Hunt, Juan Piedrahita, Amber Heard, Stephen Boss, Luke Broadlick, Michael Strahan, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks Rated R Grade: ***1/2 out of…

nightcrawler

‘Nightcrawler’ is a satire gone awry

“NIGHTCRAWLER” Written and Directed by Dan Gilroy Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Ann Cusack, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, Kevin Rahm, Michael Hyatt, Kent Shocknek, Sharon Tay, Bill Seward Rated R **1/4 out of **** “Now I like you, Nina. I look forward to our time together, but you have to understand that $25,000 isn’t all…

John Wick

‘John Wick’ shoots first, doesn’t care for questions

“JOHN WICK” Directed by Chad Stahelski Written by Derek Kolstad Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianna Palicki, Omer Barnea, Toby Leonard Moore, Daniel Bernhardt, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Bridget Regan, Lance Reddick, Keith Jardine Rated R *** out of **** It’s slightly difficult to describe John Wick,…

Dracula Untold

‘Dracula Untold’ review: Dracula De-fanged

“DRACULA UNTOLD” Directed by Gary Shore Written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Based on characters created by Bram Stoker) Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance, Paul Kaye, Ferdinand Kingsley, Joseph Long, Diarmaid Murtagh, William Houston Rated PG-13 ** out of **** The new Dracula film sits some place between…