Joel has written 12 reviews for films rated ½ during 2015.

  • Old Fashioned

    Old Fashioned

    ½

    A love story between two leads that never share any believable onscreen chemistry, Old Fashioned shoves chastity down the audience's throats and makes the lead actor comes off as sexist more than chivalrous. The film moves at such a slow pace that it's hard to stay invested in a film that doesn't seem to even want to keep the audience attention. The movie gets lost in itself and actually sometimes goes against its own message.
    With bland performances and a…

  • Survivor

    Survivor

    ½

    A really bland thriller about a foreign service officer(played by Milla Jovovich) that must avoid a ruthless assassin(played by Pierce Brosnan) in order to uncover a deadly plot. The story is so predictable, the leads out of place (Bronson, who is not believable in his villainous role) or bland(Jovoich who brings her emotionless acting that has made the Resident Evil sequels so repetitive) and the cinematography so mundane, it's no wonder that this film came and went in theaters.
    A bland thriller best left buried.
    1/10

  • Pixels

    Pixels

    ½

    Adam Sandler's track record for live action film hasn't been great as of late and Pixels does nothing to change the tide for him. Another Sandler and friends film, Pixels is about retro gamers(Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage) being brought into to save the world after aliens begin attacking with retro game technology. The premise is so absurd and is really Adam Sandler's way of making old gamers feel relevant( as the military powers are neutered here to…

  • Sinister 2

    Sinister 2

    ½

    Sinister was a breath of fresh air in the horror genre with a great performance by Ethan Hunt and a new face in horror(Bughuul) that could have become a modern day horror icon. Sinister 2 however brings the same story premise again with a bland lead (James Ransone who is in a small supporting role as a cop who is not even the main cop in the film and only got a few minutes of screen time). He has no…

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    ½

    A comedy sequel to the 2009 Paul Blart Mall Cop(not even the best mall cop movie of that year) and you expected this to be good? It wasn't. Paul Blart(Kevin James) is suppose to be the likable hero in the film and instead the film goes out of its way to make him seem so unlikable and so appalling that when he saves the day, I could care less.The film is so mean spirited in its jokes that they're not…

  • Grown Ups 2

    Grown Ups 2

    ½

    From the opening scene of Adam Sandler getting doused in deer urine, you know you're in for a train wreck of a film and it doesn't disappoint of that front. I never viewed the first outing, but I'm told its more of the same here. I would usually summarize the synopsis of the story here, but really: what story? It feels like a bunch of different sketches forced together to pad out the running time of a film. Watch as…

  • Æon Flux

    Æon Flux

    A great edgy innovative show turned into a colorful mess of an actionfest full of exciting action and an actress(Charlize Theron) that usually delivers great performances. Unfortunately for her, the script is terribly written relying way too much on awful exposition and godawful dialogue. Aeon Flux is ultimately a boring movie despite great looking
    cinematography and the less this film is talked about the better.
    0/10

  • Hot Pursuit

    Hot Pursuit

    ½

    Reese Witherspoon stars in a "comedy" as a police officer who must protect the wife of a cartel drug boss turned informant (costar Sofía Vergara) so she can testify. Witherspoon feels so out of place here (giving such a great performance in Wild) and her southern accent atrocious but Vergara is so over the top in her performance that it becomes too hokey (her shtick works better with an ensemble cast backing her up and being used in small doses…

  • Effie Gray

    Effie Gray

    ½

    The story of a virginal bride during the Victorian era that looks to get an annulment from her cold and distant husband to develop a relationship with his protege. The film visually fits well in the era and looks good, but so much like Pride and Prejudice and others that it may just get lost in the shuffle.
    Emma Thompson brings the best performance to the film and her interactions with Dakota Fanning are some of the most interesting scenes…

  • The Lazarus Effect

    The Lazarus Effect

    ½

    The Lazarus Effect tells the story of a research team made up of Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Donald Glover and Sarah Bolger (outsider documented the events with video) as they try to bring the dead back and what happens when they must experiment on one of their own. The film premise is intriguing, the cast performs admirably and everybody brings decent performances to the film with Duplass and Wilde shining above the others and I actually buy into…

  • Green Lantern

    Green Lantern

    A movie about one of DC's core characters, Green Lantern is the story of Hal Jordan, a test pilot (played by Ryan Reynolds) chosen to be the first human to join to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps, protectors of peace and justice for the galaxy.
    The best that can be said for this film is Reynolds brings a lot of charisma and potential to this film, but the story is so dull, the villain is so dull and…

  • The Boy Next Door

    The Boy Next Door

    ½

    A thriller that fails to deliver in any sense of the word. The performances are so dull (J Lo is beautiful as ever, but her performance fails to deliver) or so outlandish( Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth). The sexual chemistry between Lopez and Guzman is cringeworthy (along with the sexual innuendos and the terribly shot sex scenes that look like a Cinemax film as opposed to a Hollywood shot film). The biggest failure of the film is that…