Category Archives: The Worst

Stockholm review — Cancel this Swedish vacation

Written and Directed by Robert Budreau | 92 min Stockholm is a stultifying experience at the movies due to the picture's sheer lack of identity. Writer-director Budreau gave us a mediocre Chet Baker biopic, Born To Be Blue, and here he's back with another bland, lifeless picture. Stockholm introduction includes the tag line: "based on an…Read More

Book Club review — 50 Shades of Awful

Directed by Bill Holderman | Written by Holderman and Erin Simms | 104 min Candice Bergen's been nominated for an Oscar and won two Golden Globes, a plateful of Primetime Emmys, and made a powerful impact on American culture with her Murphy Brown TV series—soon to return. Jane Fonda has two Oscars and seven nominations,…Read More

The Party (2017) review — Send your regrets

Written and directed by Sally Potter, with Walter Donohue, story editor | 71 minutes It's not often I actually regret sitting through a movie, given my passion for the medium, but the greatest mercy Sally Potter's The Party bestows on audiences is its brevity, which, in this case, barely approaches the soul of wit. Patricia Clarkson…Read More

The Circle review — Black Mirror for Dummies

Directed by James Ponsoldt | Written by Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers, from Eggers' novel | 110 min Mae (Emma Watson) is an American Girl living somewhere in America... probably California. She drives a crappy car, has a crappy job, but a cute boy, Mercer (Ellar Coltrane, of Boyhood), who builds deer antler chandeliers in his…Read More