Corey Hall Archives
- Film Review: Son of God
Story of Jesus manages to make Mel Gibson look like a genius.
- Film Review: Non-Stop
Liam Neeson tries to catch a killer on a plane (but only when the seat belt signs are turned off).
- Film Review: The Wind Rises
Review double-header: MT's film critics take on acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki’s final work.
- Film Review: In Secret
Emile Zola’s classic bodice ripper is given the big screen treatment with mixed results.
- Film Review: 3 Days To Kill
Over-the-hill family spy drama falls on its face.
- Film Review: About Last Night
'80s Rob Lowe movie is given the remake treatment, in La-La Land..
- Film Review: Endless Love
Romantic remake is all corn, no substance.
- Film Review: That Awkward Moment
Bros before beaux in hit-and-miss chick-dick-flick.
- Film Review: Vampire Academy
'Harry Potter' meets 'Twilight' movie is less undead and more twitching corpse.
- Film Review: Gloria
Chilean tale of love later in life hits the mark.
- Film Review: Monuments Men
Jovial war romp is watchable but forgettable.
- Film Review: Gimme Shelter
Teen runaway tale is more schlock than emotion.
- Film Review: The Invisible Woman
A middle-aged Charles Dickens in love? It actually works.
- New Tom Clancy Spy Film Aims for the Jugular
Espionage, at least the sexy movie version with white tuxedos, shaken martinis and sleek sports cars, once offered a bit of cool comfort to a jittery populace that wanted to party while forever waiting for the countdown to nuclear zero.
- Film Review: Ride Along
Kevin Hart makes the step from the stage to the big screen with mixed results.
- Golden Globe Snubs
The Hollywood Foreign Press didn't give out these awards, but they should have.
- ‘The Nut Job’: Cartoon heist movie refuses to make sense
You’d hardly expect to find civics lessons in third-rate kids animation, but they are scattered about willy-nilly, like hastily buried acorns...
- Film Review: The Nut Job
Cartoon heist movie refuses to make sense.
- Film Review: The Legend of Hercules
Strong man, weak movie.
- Meryl Streep Sinks Her Oscar-worthy Fangs into ‘August: Osage County’
Hopefully dinnerware is cheap in Oklahoma, as an awful lot of it is broken by the angst-ridden characters in this labored screen adaptation of Tracy...
- Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ Packs Sci-Fi Horror into RomCom Ideals
It’s a familiar story of self-discovery and romance. Joaquin Phoenix’s lonely Theodore can’t come to terms with his divorce—he keeps putting off signing...
- Film Review: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Mucho Miedo: Found footage sequel should have remained lost.
- Film Review: August: Osage County
Meryl Streep speaks with forked tongue.
- Film Review: Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coen brothers pull off another coup with the story of a Dave Van Ronk-style folkie.
- Worst Movies of 2013
No shortage of dreck hitting the multiplexes in 2013.
- Film Review: Grudge Match
Over-the-hill fight comedy is no knockout.
- Film Review: Anchorman 2
Back in burgundy.
- David O. Russell takes it up a notch on ‘American Hustle’
On his way to the upper echelon of modern directing, the dexterous David O. Russell has shown mastery of multiple genres; the delightfully bold...
- Film Review: American Hustle
Genre-juggling period flick’s awesome cast puts it over the top.
- Bruce Dern Mesmerizes in 'Nebraska'
Time makes fools of us all, some bigger than others. When we first see Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), a Korean War vet and disheveled old drunk...
- Film Review: Out of the Furnace
Rust belt rundown.
- Film Review: Black Nativity
African-American family musical falls flat.
- Film Review: Nebraska
Bruce Dern turns in a grand performance as a dissipated old fool chasing a false fortune.
- Film Review: Frozen
A story bandied about for more than six decades finally makes its way to the big screen.
- Film Review: Delivery Man
we already forgot.
- Film Review: Thor: The Dark World
Striking a blow to evildoers, round two of the latest Marvel offering does the trick in the fun category.
- Film Review: Last Vegas
Hollywood calls together its older male stars for a comic romp that isn’t all that funny.
- Film Review: About Time
A new twist on the rom-com involves time travel to clean up past mistakes.
- Film Review: Bad Grandpa
Just when you thought Johnny Knoxville couldn’t get any stupider …
- Film Review: Carrie
Hollywood eats itself with another horror remake it can take to the bank
- Film Review: Short Term 12
Short Term 12
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
Opens at the Charles Theatre Oct. 18
If we’re lucky—if the tides are right and the winds are calm—we might get one or two movies a year as good as Short Term 12. It’s a far better movie, in fact, than the
- Film Review: Captain Phillips
The real-life hijacking of a cargo ship off of Somalia makes for a compelling celluloid treat.
- Film Review: Machete Kills
A one-time spoof morphs into a feature-length film and yes, this is not a test.
- Film Review: Inequality for All
Pint-sized pugilist and former Labor Secretary, Robert Reich, lays out the evils of inequality.
- Film Review: Parkland
Anatomy of an Assassination
- Film Review: Rush
Ron Howard puts the pedal to the metal in double biopic
- Film Review: Don Jon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s debut as writer-director is funny, sharp and a helluva a date night.
- Film Review: Short Term 12
Not too many movies get Corey Hall to bestow an “A”; the storyline and acting make it a top pick.
- Film Review: The Family
The Blake family can’t seem to let go of past habits in this hybrid comedy-gangster flick.
- Film Review: Salinger
This film is more squandered opportunity than insightful in examining the American literary legend J.D. Salinger.
- Film Review: Austenland
So much promise, yet so little execution —this one’s a definite wait-for-cable.
- ‘Salinger,’ A Documentary He Would Have Loathed
About the nicest thing you could say about this catty, painfully intimate deconstruction of the elusive, outsized genius Jerome David Salinger...
- Motherlovers Dominate Tawdry Flick ‘Adore’
Roz (Robin Wright) and Lil (Naomi Watts) are lifelong best friends who seem to idle away most of their days bikini-clad, wandering back and...
- Film Review: Riddick
Trilogy continues with another blood-soaked vehicle for Vin Diesel’s scowl.
- Film Review: Adore
It’s not that this film is provocative and troubling, sensual and scandalous, it’s that it’s utterly absurd.
- Film Review: Closed Circuit
A thriller with tension, but without real, heart-jolting thrills.
- Film Review: You’re Next
It’s never a good sign when masked men show up on your estate.
- Film Review: In a World…
There’s nothing too obscure for examination in Hollywood, including the world of voiceover work.
- Film Review: Jobs
New biopic looks at the life of Steve Jobs but suffers from low resolution.
- Film Review: Kick-Ass 2
Sequel to 2010’s witty blockbuster suffers from too much gore in a cheery package
- Film Review: Planes
This obvious money grab’s story is pasted together from other, better animated films.
- Film Review: Lovelace
New biopic explores a trailblazing porn star’s rise.
- Film Review: 2 Guns
Bullets, wisecracks and backstabbing result in a mediocre buddy action flick.
- Film Review: We’re the Millers
The family vacation is a cover for this motley crew of misfit drug mules who only look like the Griswolds of yesteryear’s Vacation movies.
- Film Review: Pacific Rim
Hey, what did you expect? Fully developed characters and richly meaningful subtext?
- Film Review: Fruitvale Station
Fictionalized Oscar Grant story lays it on a bit thick, but gives a complicated man a deeply human portrayal
- Film Review: The To Do List
A mostly funny stab a dirty chick humor, a la Bridesmaids, is entertaining but not outrageous.
- Film Review: The Conjuring
Sprinkle of Evil, Dash of Bedlam
- Film Review: Only God Forgives
The level of gratuitous violence, a tasteless dialogue and inability to like a single character makes this Gosling flick a nonstarter.
- Ryan Gosling’s ‘Only God Forgives’ is a Vapid, Bloody Mess
Languid to the point of stupor, Ryan Gosling perpetually stares far off into the distance throughout this hyper-gory art-house noir pageant, as if he’s...
- Film Review: Grown Ups 2
There’s not all that much to say about this Sandler sequel other than it sucks.
- Film Review: The Lone Ranger
This latest co-opting of a classic character into a prospective film franchise seems unsteady and disjointed.
- Film Review: Despicable Me 2
Domesticity tamps down evil genius but doesn’t snuff it out completely.
- Film Review: 20 Feet from Stardom
A documentary looking at the powerful talent behind rock stars, allowing them to shine so bright.
- Film Review: The Heat
In this cop buddy flick, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy each hold their own but carve no new ground.
- Film Review: Monsters University
The dream cretins are back, before they were working stiffs, in this family-friendly prequel
- Film Review: A Band Called Death
In this rockumentary, African-Americans in the ’70s didn’t play metal, until Death.
- Film Review: Fill the Void
More than just a glimpse into the world of Israeli's ultra-Orthodox sect, known as the Haredim, it's a film with marvelous performances.
- Film Review: The Internship
In this farcical Vince Vaughn flick, he and buddy Owen Wilson show the next generation that all work and no play makes for tepid entertainment?
- Film Review: The Purge
Not even this rag can print the proper language that this crap film inspires.
- Film Review: This is the End
Rectum to Rapture: Rogan and pals party hardy when the rapture hits.
- Film Review: Now You See Me
A novel premise, entertaining story and tricky set pieces almost make up for thin characters
- Let us pray 'The Hangover 3' is the last one
Traditionally, the third installment of any hit film franchise tends to be a bit lackluster, but this thoroughly listless, unimaginative, and crass sequel...
- Film Review: Frances Ha
“To thine own self be true” underpins this bright, airy tale of 20-something self-discovery.
- Film Review: The Hangover Part III
There is no hope of trifecta in this piece of shit film.
- Film Review: Star Trek into Darkness
Abrams’ second reboot goes where we’ve all been before, but boldly.
- Film Review: The Great Gatsby
Even with the 3-D dazzle, this latest Gatsby still falls flat.
- Film Review: Peeples
The Typical Tyler Perry crap is offered for your viewing displeasure.
- Film Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
A disaffected Pakistani immigrant shows off his schadenfreude after 9/11.
- Film Review: The Numbers Station
John Cusack makes a likable protagonist in this otherwise derivative and disposable spy flick.
- Film Review: Oblivion
This sci-fi clunker could be when Tom Cruise finally jumps the shark and every other ocean creature.
- Pass the Popcorn
A Guide to the Choicest of Stoner Movies.
- Film Review 42: The True Story of an American Legend
Jackie Robinson biopic has winning performances and zero errors
- Film Review: Jurassic Park: An IMAX 3D Experience
Geriatric Dinos Will Still Delight. After 20 years, the watershed CG movie Jurassic Park gets an IMAX makeover for the next generation.
- Film Review: The Sapphires
An Upper from Down Under. Aboriginal girl band gets discovered, repackaged then shipped off to a gig in ‘Nam. You’ll love it!
- Film Review: The Host
Occupy me. Sci-fi ‘possessed by aliens’ premise suffers from a botched script
- 'Spring Breakers,' as brainy as a beer bong
There is a long and colorful tradition of teen crime-spree films loaded with guns, wild music, booze, and always ample helpings of sex: all designed to generate...
- Film Review: Beware of Mr. Baker
Different drum. Volatile, blunt, violent and self-destructive, Ginger Baker still fascinates in new doc
- It's Official: 'On the Road' is Unfilmable
Jack Kerouac’s rambling, poetic, salacious and spiritual semi-autobiographic opus has always been on the short list of great American novels that have been...
- Film Review: On the Road
Beat it. Film finally takes on the unfilmable Great American Novel, with mixed results
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