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  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

    ★★

    You'd think even a crime drama with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish would be funny without even trying. But the only comedy here is how laughably bad this all is.

    I doubt that any kind of acting excellence could have salvaged material this bad, but the poor performances definitely diminish whatever interest was there on the page. The miscalculation here is pretty extraordinary. It's as if someone has come away figuring out the reason why Goodfellas is so revered is because of the loud voices, gaudy fashions, and period music.

    Full review on DVDizzy.

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★

    Written and directed by Riley Stearns, the film might remind you of tae kwon do bits from Napoleon Dynamite and The Foot Fist Way. But though the offbeat chuckles flow, Stearns yearns for more and Self-Defense ventures into darker places as part of a study of masculinity.

    Full review on DVDizzy.

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  • Murder Mystery

    Murder Mystery

    ★★½

    It seems pretty clear that Murder Mystery was conceived as a kind of contemporary take on Agatha Christie, only to be retrofitted as a venue for Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston to reunite. As in their previous film together, the pair give this one broad appeal and breezy watchability that makes it ideal as the Netflix offering that millions will choose to unwind with at the end of a taxing work week.

    Full review on DVDizzy.

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    Much of Randy Newman's score sounds extremely familiar, with reused cues starting at the opening Disney castle logo. But in every other way, Toy Story 4 ventures into new territory, getting us to invest in new settings, new characters, and new obstacles standing in the way of Woody's happiness.

    Full review on DVDizzy.