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  • The Prom

    The Prom

    ★★

    Musicals don't just belong on the stage, of course, but Ryan Murphy's movie The Prom doesn't make a good case that this show needed the cinematic treatment. The story is basically a big inside joke about the egotism of Broadway stars, as well as the misguided thinking that celebrities or a big show could change the world in any meaningful way. Sure, Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin's script (apparently copied more or less verbatim by or from the writers for this adaptation) doesn't stay true to its broadly satirical premise, but that's to be expected.

    See my full review at Mark Reviews Movies.

  • Half Brothers

    Half Brothers

    ★★★

    The dramatic beats of Half Brothers, focused on a son learning about his long-absent father's history, ring true. The comedic beats of the movie, focused on a wacky sidekick and assorted hijinks on a road trip, feel forced. It's as if screenwriters Jason Shuman and Eduardo Cisneros didn't trust the potential strength of their story or felt a bit too uncomfortable treating this tale with complete sincerity.

    See my full review at Mark Reviews Movies.

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  • Last Ounce of Courage

    Last Ounce of Courage

    ½

    This is the movie equivalent of a spoiled child having a temper tantrum, stomping around the room, and, through the whole thing, repeatedly falling down. It would be easy to be annoyed with the movie if it weren't so unaware of how damn funny its display of pointless outrage is.

  • Mortdecai

    Mortdecai

    Mortdecai is the stuff that inspires stipulations in wills, as in, "Have some basic decency on the event of my passing, and don't let people bring up that one movie." On the more positive side of things, it's also one of those movies that will likely be a, if not the, low point for everyone involved, which theoretically means that everyone here only has better things to look forward to in the future of their careers. Even so, this one is going to sting.

    See my full review at Mark Reviews Movies.