There’s no need to throw your hands up at Charlie’s Angels (2000)

There’s a general rule to bringing a classic TV show to the big screen and it either involves going bigger – in stunts and special effects – or deeper, digging into the mythology. The millennial sequel to “Charlie’s Angels” does both. Commissioned to locate Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell) the kidnapped CEO of Knox Industries, Charlie’s…

Pixels (2015) Review

There’s a rich vein of affected snobbery running through the critical response to “Pixels”, a nasty invective aimed squarely at Adam Sandler and prejudiciously dismissing anything he’s involved in, with everyone trying to 1up each other in how caustic they can be. I don’t really get the pre-emptive hate: his back catalogue is no better…

A Haunted House 2 (2014) Review

Oh boy. When will I learn? Looking back, I enjoyed the first “A Haunted House” enough to give it a (with hindsight generous) 6/10 so I was actually looking forward to this sequel. That’s the real horror of this exceedingly poor succession of hit and miss gags, most of which miss by a mile. Whereas…

A Haunted House (2013) Review

I’ve a real soft spot for spoof and parody movies. I enjoy the idea of taking movies, which I love and am passionate about, and holding them up to a fun house mirror to magnify and tweak their foibles.  I’m always willing to give them a shot whether they’re works of genius (“Airplane!”, “The Naked…