Hotshot’s Movie Reviews by Dan Culberson

Dan Culberson’s insightful commentary of current movies in the theaters. Contact Hotshots at danculberson@juno.com.

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"Bad Words" A Joy to Watch

April 9th, 2014

BAD WORDS is an edgy comedy starring Jason Bateman as Guy Trilby, a man who is competing in the national Spelling Bee competition even though he is 40 years old.[READ|SHARE]

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" All Style and No Substance

April 2nd, 2014

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTE is the latest movie written and directed by Wes Anderson, and of all his movies that I have seen, I have either liked them or didn't like them.[READ|SHARE]

"Muppets Most Wanted" Most Enjoyable

March 26th, 2014

MUPPETS MOST WANTED reminded me of that old vaudeville saying, "a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants," as the Muppets once again do what they do best: act silly and be entertaining during the course of a story that brings them all together.[READ|SHARE]

"Tim's Vermeer" Fascinating

March 19th, 2014

TIM'S VERMEER is an absolutely fascinating documentary of how Tim Jenison went to all the time, trouble, and expense of investigating and eventually reproducing one of the works of art of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.[READ|SHARE]

"Non-Stop" The Name Says It All

March 5th, 2014

NON-STOP stars Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, a U.S. Federal air marshal assigned to an overnight flight from New York to London.[READ|SHARE]

"3 Days to Kill" Extraneous Subplots

February 26th, 2014

3 DAYS TO KILL stars Kevin Costner as Ethan, a CIA agent on a mission in Paris, where he happens to live when he isn't working.[READ|SHARE]

"Labor Day" Soft Spot in Your Heart

February 19th, 2014

LABOR DAY is based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, who was involved with reclusive author J. D. Salinger, and adapted and directed by Jason Reitman, whose previous movies have been comedies.[READ|SHARE]

"The Monuments of Men" Hitler's Museum

February 12th, 2014

THE MONUMENTS MEN is based on the men of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the United States Army during World War II, as depicted in a fine new movie by George Clooney.[READ|SHARE]

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"Nebraska" Quirky Little Comedy

February 5th, 2014

NEBRASKA stars Bruce Dern in an award-winning performance as an old codger who is convinced that he has won a million dollars, because he received a letter in the mail that says he did[READ|SHARE]

"Lone Survivor" Interesting and Exhausting

January 22nd, 2014

LONE SURVIVOR is based on the true story of a military operation in 2005 in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong.[READ|SHARE]

"August: Osage County" Worst Family Ever!

January 15th, 2014

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is the film version of the award-winning play of the same awkward title, and it stars an impressive cast in a story about a family that is the very definition of "dysfunctional."[READ|SHARE]

"Inside Llewyn Davis" Tries Everything to See What Sticks

January 13th, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis is the latest film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and the story follows a weekend in the life of the title character as he tries to become a success as a folksinger in New York City.[READ|SHARE]

"The Wolf of Wall Street" an Exercise in Excessive Excess

January 13th, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio based on a 2007 memoir of the same name written by Jordan Belfort.[READ|SHARE]

"American Hustle" Shows Never Con a Con Artist

December 28th, 2013

American Hustle is so good that don't be surprised if during some awards ceremony it sweeps an award in all the major categories.[READ|SHARE]

"Kill Your Darlings" Is Full of Oddities

December 22nd, 2013

Kill Your Darlings is an odd little movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg that tells a story about him and other writers of the Beat Generation in 1943 in New York City.[READ|SHARE]

"Philomena" a Heartbreaking Tragicomedy

December 8th, 2013

Philomena stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in a heartbreaking movie based on a true story and the 2009 memoir, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.[READ|SHARE]

"All Is Lost" Is Almost Hopeless

November 23rd, 2013

All Is Lost stars Robert Redford and was made from a script nearly free of dialogue and only 32 pages long.[READ|SHARE]

"Ender's Game" Is Game Over

November 16th, 2013

Ender's Game is based on Owen Scott Card's novel of the same name for young adults, and so if you are not a young adult, meaning a teenager, you can skip this movie.[READ|SHARE]

"About Time" Repetitive and Tedious to a Fault

November 10th, 2013

About Time is the latest schmaltzy romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis, who also wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love, Actually.[READ|SHARE]

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