The Heat

Director: Paul Feig Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy Review: 2.5 stars (out of five) The Heat is a hot mess of a movie.  Though it’s credited to a single writer (Parks & Recreation staffer Katie Dippold), it has the kind of tonal inconsistencies and narrative sloppiness...

World War Z

Director:  Marc Forster Starring: Brad Pitt Review: 3.5 stars (of five) World War Z is the best summer blockbuster to date.  That’s not saying much–it’s been a summer season of ill-served franchise reboots that pulverize their source material with violence and special...

Monsters University

Director: Dan Scanlon Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Steve Buscemi, Nathan Fillion Review: 4 stars (of five) There’s not much to say here. This is the kind of excellent work you expect from Pixar. It’s not even top-tier Pixar—it’s second, or arguably third-tier, and it’s still worlds better than what the rest of Hollywood craps out of its back lots. The only movie reviewed on Badmouth this year that rivals this one is Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Monsters University is a prequel to the 2001’s Monsters Inc. Here we see how the comically mismatched duo of Mike (Billy Crystal)...

Man of Steel

Director: Zack Snyder Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costne Review: 2 stars (of five) Man of Steel is fairly successful at being what it wants to be: a militaristic action movie whose grim, bleak, violent atmosphere reflects our...

Much Ado About Nothing

Director: Joss Whedon Writer: William Shakespeare Starring: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Nathan Fillion, Tom Lenk Review: 4.5 stars (of five) It’s been a long time since a movie has made me this happy, and at minimum, it’s the best film I’ve seen this year. Joss Whedon’s black-and-white, friends-and-family production of Much Ado About Nothing is a simple delight, minimally but inventively staged with a talented cast, letting the effortless brilliance of Shakespeare’s writing shine. It’s a challenge, adjusting the ear to the rhythms of...