film-reviews

Kevin Hart Is Funny. Why Aren’t His Movies?

The first time I saw Kevin Hart, I thought he was funny. It was 2012, and he was one of the stars of Think Like…

‘The Happytime Murders’ and Our Love of Making Childhood Things Naughty

Early on in The Happytime Murders, a puppet turns toward the camera and yells, “Fuck you!” This, in a nutshell, is the film’s one joke:…

Mark Wahlberg Will Not Rest Until You Feel Sorry for Guys Like Him

Life is never easy when you’re a character played by Mark Wahlberg. Often, you’re underestimated or disrespected or taken for granted or easily overlooked. You’re…

‘The Meg’ and Why August Is Where Bad Summer Movies Go to Die

Since 2002, when Spider-Man premiered on May 3, the official start of summer movie season has been the first weekend in May. (Though, Avengers: Infinity…