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…

50 Shades Of Black (2016) Review

I love a good parody movie, I really do. I also like Marlon Wayans, I think he’s a talented and funny performer with great comic timing and physicality. That being said, “50 Shades Of Black” is so crassly, unforgivably unfunny that it just makes me sad. These comedies usually have a hit and miss approach…

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…