Friday, October 24, 2014

St. Vincent: Teresa He's Not


Vincent (Bill Murray) is a drunk, a gambler, a curmudgeon and that's just the beginning of his negatives. If you think that's funny, you may like this flick.

On the other hand, it's not a comedy. The only truly funny character is Naomi Watts, who's hysterical as a Russian prostitute and pole dancer with a heart of gold, a potty mouth and a rapidly expanding baby bump.

Melissa McCarthy, playing against type, isn't funny either. But she's not supposed to be and proves her skills surpass her usual roles.

Maybe the problem with St. Vincent is that it tries to be heart-warming and fails. Or maybe the real trouble is that it's just a vehicle for Murray to garner an Oscar nomination.

Not funny.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fury: War Is Hell


In 1945, Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) leads his tank crew behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany. The battle-hardened four-man unit, joined by a young soldier trained as an army typist, know they're outnumbered. Facing death, they're determined to take out as many Nazis before the enevitable occurs.

Fury is a raw war movie, but despite some less-than-subtle opening scenes depicting Wardaddy as a consummate killer, who clings to what little humanity remains, the movie moves on to tell a devastating, believable story.

It's a story about the intense relationships between men thrown together during the heat of battle, who have only each other. It's also a movie that reminds us of the insanity of war.

When will we ever learn?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pride: And Prejudice

Talk about strange bedfellows!

In his flick —based on a true story—a group of young gay Londoners takes on the cause of Welch miners.

The time is 1984 and the miners are on strike when a charismatic gay leader realizes the two groups— surprisingly— have much in common.

Pride is an English ensemble comedy that makes the most of the clash of cultures that ensues when the gay group buses to Wales to offer help.

It's a feel-good flick about people helping people and finding a common core of humanity.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Judge: Father & Son Reunion


Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall face off in this Hollywood rarity, a movie about male relationships that don't involve cowpokes bonding in front of a campfire or sophomoric whackaloons drinking themselves into oblivion.

They're an estranged father and son, a judge and a lawyer, who share a common animosity for each other. It's a good plot, which the Movie Slut won't give away, but one with too many twists and turns. Some are necessary to play against predictability and others are unnecessary, and then there are those that are downright disgusting.

This 2-hour and 21-minute flick could have been paired down to an 1-hour and 50-minute gem.

If only.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Kill The Messenger: Crack is Whack

Jeremy Renner as journalist Gary Webb
Never heard this true story?
You're not alone.
It broke during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, which ate up all the air in all the newsrooms causing lots of stories to fall through the cracks. (Pun intended.)
So here it is now in a 1-hour and 52-minute gem at your local multiplex.
It follows Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb's rocky career trajectory. As a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News in California he broke a story linking crack cocaine to Nicaraguan rebels, information the United States government never wanted to see the light of day.
The Movie Slut won't divulge what happens next. But will say it speaks to the game journalism plays today and is well worth seeing.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gone Girl: If only they said "I don't"

It's been called the worst first date movie of all time.
But don't forget Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe and War of the Roses.
Whatever happened to marital bliss?

If you're one of the gazillion people who, like the Movie Slut, read the book, you won't be disappointed. Ben Affleck and Rosemond Pike bring the characters to life. And if you're one of the gazillion readers who got to the end of the book and screamed, "What! Never!" you'll be happy that the movie clarifies (somewhat) the ending.

Supporting actors Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry round out a terrific cast for this movie that provides edge-of-your-seat suspense even if you already know what happens.

The Skeleton Twins: Why this title?????


Comic actors long to be taken seriously. As if being successfully funny isn't enough.

The Movie Slut suspects that's why Bill Hader and Kritsen Wiig signed on to this dud in which they play twins, who've been separated for ten years and unite under sad circumstances only learn how much they have in common.

Too bad what they have in common are "coping" mechanisms that include getting drunk out of  their minds though they're not averse to a little weed now and then. And just so we know these guys can still be funny, some fart jokes are thrown in for good measure. And a vomiting scene, too. So been there, seen that.

Yes, they grew up in a dysfunctional family, but, hey, does that give them license to bore us on the big screen?