Trainwreck Movie Review

Trainwreck earns a lot of points simply by presenting its main character in a refreshingly different light. It has the comedic chops to keep us entertained, the quality writing to fully develop its characters, and the thoughtfulness that could make for a long-term classic. It misses that mark only because of a shaggy dog structure of the kind we’ve come to …

Cinema-Stache is Now Partnered with the Sci-Fi Movie Page

Greetings! The last few weeks have involved some big updates here at the ‘Stache, the biggest of which involves our new/old partners. We’ve paired up with the Sci-Fi Movie Page to provide expanded coverage and a unified approach to film reviews and interviews. For genre films — science fiction fantasy and horror — our pieces will run over there. All other …

New Reviews Over at the Sci-Fi Movie Page

In case you missed them, we have two new reviews over at the Sci-Fi Movie Page: Pixar’s Inside Out and the freshly minted Terminator sequel. Check them out! And stay tuned to both sites for new content every week!

The Fisher King: Blu-ray Review

Review by Robert Trate Terry Gilliam’s films do more than dabble in the world of fantasy. Brazil, 12 Monkeys, The Zero Therom, are to name just a few and perhaps the better ones. So what if the mad genius with the unique eye, takes a fantasy film and sets it completely in the real world? The Fisher King is that …

In Memoriam: Christopher Lee

Examining the career of Christopher Lee, who died this past weekend at the ripe old age of 93, leaves its staggering length and breadth in awe-inspiring view. He started as a literal spear carrier in Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, only to finish as the indelible Saruman in a franchise that helped shape the course of 21st century film. That’s almost 70 …

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

You won’t find a more critic-proof movie this year than Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I’m including Episode 7 in that equation. While I’m pleased to report that it’s a solid piece of summer popcorn, that assessment doesn’t matter. Everyone on the planet will have seen it by Sunday, and most of them will be happy with the results. You …

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Ex Machina Movie Review

There’s a tendency to overpraise smart sci-fi, in part because its comparative rarity makes each new example something worth treasuring. Most of them adhere to certain well-worn tropes (artificial intelligence, for example, or time travel) and the simple act of approaching their chosen topic with devotion and respect can be enough to carry them. Even if they don’t push the …

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Unfriended Movie Review

Normally, when a horror movie opens two weeks before the biggest blockbuster of the year, you can smell the stink a mile away. Doubly so if it involves a dubious gimmick centered around some social trend that the kids are so into these days. Cheap, lurid cash grabs are standard-issue for the horror genre, and not even Universal – the …