This is the movie we’ve been waiting for Chris Rock to make...
As unnervingly timely as this historical drama is, this is
also a film with clear-eyed heart, one that sweeps you
up and carries you with undeniable power and grace...
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon’s
adaptation is a spot on stoner story that’s
just a little too in love with itself...
Reese Witherspoon’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s autobiography
has all the right stuff. So how come I wasn’t a puddle when it was over?
The Imitation Game
This true story is, in itself, so tragically fascinating and the performances
so fine, you almost don’t realize how safe this film actually is...
Rarely has a film so chilly felt so richly drawn. Bennett Miller’s decidedly
remote true-life story is a brilliantly acted, fiercely American tragedy...
Jon Stewart’s auspicious debut behind the camera not only makes us
think and feel, but yeah, laugh a little, too. The guy can’t help it...
The Theory of Everything
It would be easy to fall into the trap of wishing this look at one
of the greatest minds on the planet was something more, dare I
say, intellectual. But this movie is a love story. And a fine love story it is...
Some of the parts of this mega-fantasy are
awesome. The sum of all parts? Not so stellar...
Dan Gilroy’s sleek and slick indictment of TV news
crawls under the skin thanks, in great part, to a knockout
performance from a sensational Jake Gyllenhaal...
I don’t know about Nick and Amy, but the creative marriage of David Fincher
and Gillian Flynn is dandy, delivering a juicy movie that’s damned entertaining...
Yes, there have been many movies about abusive mentor relationships.
Here, though, we’ve got two artists at the top of their game
plumbing the depths of defining artistic sacrifice. Pithy stuff...
What could be Liam Neeson’s newest franchise gets off to a
decent start with this Lawrence Block mystery adaptation...
This lush yet gritty adaptation, like the real journey itself, refuses to
take the easy route. There are real rewards for all of us in that...
Kevin Smith’s comic horror homage is not
completely nuts. Even counting the walrus.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Amidst the gazillion 3-D bullets flying, this long awaited
sequel commits the biggest crime of all: it gets boring...
Love is Strange
One of the most beautifully acted movies in recent
times, this affecting love story earns our tears...
Trip to Italy
While this second course may not be as startlingly scrumptious as its
predecessor, this dandy reunion still serves up a mighty delicious treat...
The fact that Lucy, the enabled heroine in Luc Besson’s ambitiously
nuts sci-fi-er, can get people to do exactly what she wants them to do
by merely glancing at them made me, frankly, a little jealous...
Magic in the Moonlight
Had this pretty trifle been made by a different filmmaker, perhaps I
could have just sat back and enjoyed the scenery. But it wasn’t....
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The strength of this mythical morality tale and the
CGI surrounding it almost make up for the short shrift
given to the humans in this chapter. Note I said ‘almost’...
If I have any quibble at all with Richard Linklatter’s glorious film,
it’s the title. Because while the ambitious concept is to follow one
boyhood, the movie is just as much about a family and about America...
Earth to Echo
This derivative mash up has one shining light. And it isn’t the
glowy-eyed bot that’s supposed to charm the kiddies...
Clint Eastwood’s big screen adaptation of the Broadway smash is not without
its rewards; getting there, though, requires acceptance and patience...
Edge Of Tomorrow
Yes, Tom Cruise’s time trippy sci-fi-er is the best surprise of the summer...
The Fault in Our Stars
Do you have to love John Green’s best selling novel to love this movie?
Maybe. For the rest of us, the no-fault stars carry us a long way.
Anyone curious about the state of women in film or just women
in general must see Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child...
Opening in Wide Release
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
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Also in Theaters
Penguins of Madagascar
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything
Before I Go to Sleep
The Best of Me
The Book of Life
The Maze Runner
This Is Where I Leave You
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