As its generic name of the family that Americans strive to keep up with, 'The Joneses' is an insightful, if not especially scathing, satire from debut director/co-writer Derrick Borte about consumerist manipulation. Grade: B-.
Bret Easton Ellis' novels translate nicely from page to screen. The author's obsession with pretty surfaces — from faces to food to designer clothes — is catnip for an industry/art form that thrives on images. The same can't quite be said of Gregor Jordan's adaptation of 'The Informers,' which is based on a collection of loosely connected short stories Ellis wrote during his college days. Grade: C-.