Joel has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2014.

  • Sabrina

    Sabrina

    ★★

    A typical romance drama about a cold hearted person (Harrison Ford) establishing a fake relationship with a woman (Julia Ormond), but then things going wrong when the man falls for the woman. The chemistry is strong but I often found Ford's character able to endear to. Greg Kinnear feels underutilized only appearing in a few scenes.
    The downfall of the film to me is that it fails to 1954 film and feels like one of Hollywood's unnecessary remakes.
    I did…

  • Dumb and Dumber To

    Dumb and Dumber To

    ★★

    A poorly written script somewhat redeemed by the terrific chemistry between the main characters played by Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey that made the original a comic masterpiece. They are both given uninspired material with jokes that don't connect at all. The supporting actors story lines are either so poorly developed (Rob Riggle and Laurie Holden) or so ridiculous(Rachel Melvin) that the movie feels like a shell of the first movie.
    Some jokes connect, but the pace of the film feels drawn out. Great chemistry between Daniels and Carrey, but overall the film is twenty years too late.
    3/10
    My Take:Watch The Original

  • Horrible Bosses 2

    Horrible Bosses 2

    ★★

    An unneeded sequel that fails to live up to the original, Horrible Bosses 2 suffers from a poorly paced script, jokes that fail to connect with the audience and a finale that feels underwhelming. The chemistry between Bateman, Day and Sudeikis carries over well from the first film, but they often feel like over-exaggerated versions of the characters with Day's character in particular being hard to deal with. The returning costars(Aniston, Foxx, Spacey) give great performances with the minimal screen…