The joke can’t breathe in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Brothers Grimsby

C+

Sacha Baron Cohen obviously holds certain strong beliefs about what constitutes good comedy—a willingness to risk offense or disgust, for one, and an intense commitment to creating distinct characters for another. Perhaps less heralded and more technical is his clear dedication to the art of brevity. In contrast to…

Sacha Baron Cohen plays brother’s keeper in The Brothers Grimsby trailer

Back in October, the red band teaser for The Brothers Grimsby set up Sacha Baron Cohen as the idiot brother to Mark Strong’s hyper-competent secret agent. The extended trailer carries on in the same vein, but the characters now have names and a sad backstory. There’s also a “suck the poison out” scene, in case the…

The lurid amnesia thriller Before I Go To Sleep is smarter than it lets on

B-

Rowan Joffé’s drizzly, workmanlike thriller Before I Go To Sleep turns a ludicrous premise into a fitfully suspenseful, consistently interesting exercise in audience manipulation. Less a cut-rate Gone Girl than a throwback to gothic, mid-1940s women’s noirs like My Name Is Julia Ross, the movie mines common domestic…