Movie Reviews


 Kennedi Clements as Madison Bowen reaches out to apparitions that have invaded her family's home in "Poltergeist."

Movie review: 'Poltergeist' remake is silly, not spooky

To call “Poltergeist” laughable is not the same thing as saying it’s bad (although it is that, too). It’s just that it seems less

about 9 hours ago


 Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts in "Far From The Madding Crowd."

Movie review: 'Madding Crowd' a luscious yet fiery period piece

Thomas Vinterberg creates a sumptuous film remake of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd.”

1 day ago


 George Clooney as Frank Walker in "Tomorrowland."

Movie review: Futuristic 'Tomorrowland' provides glimpse of environmental reality

George Clooney turns into a rocket man in “Tomorrowland” alongside Britt Robertson as a smart teen with stars in her eyes and dreams.

1 day ago


 Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert in 1966  Mandatory credit.

Movie review: 'Lambert & Stamp' documentary highlights men who made The Who

You may not know their names but “Lambert & Stamp” molded musical giants The Who as a new documentary about the managers recalls.

1 day ago


 Caroll Spinney and Kermit Love on the set of a Sesame Street production.

Movie review: 'I Am Big Bird' a charming look at a puppeteer

New documentary is a genial and generous biography of puppeteer Caroll Spinney, the creator of “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird.

1 day ago


 From left, Emily (Hailee Stainfeld), Beca (Anna Kendrick), Chloe (Brittany Snow), Stacie (Alexis Knapp) and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) perform as the Barden Bellas in "Pitch Perfect 2."

Movie review: 'Pitch Perfect 2' follows harmonious path

“Pitch Perfect 2” returns the lovable misfits from the surprise hit and adds “True Grit” Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld to the mix.

1 week ago


 Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Movie review: 'Mad Max' unleashes the fury

George Miller, the godfather of the postapocalyptic genre thanks to “Mad Max,” brings his signature series back to life with Tom Hardy.

1 week ago


Movie review: '100-Year-Old Man' uses black comedy well

“The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is an amusing Swedish dark comedy.

1 week ago


 From left to right, David DeSanctis (who plays “Produce”) and Kristoffer Polaha (who plays “Calvin Campbell”) in a scene from “Where Hope Grows.”

Movie review: 'Where Hope Grows' presents success, failure in a classy way

“Where Hope Grows,” about family, success, addiction, loss and friendship, is a faith-based movie elevated by solid performances.

1 week ago


 Julianne Moore stars in "Still Alice."

'Still Alice,' 'Blackhat' among new titles on DVD this week

Julianne Moore won the Oscar for Best Actress for her starring role in “Still Alice.”

1 week ago


 Sofia Vergara as Daniella Riva and Reese Witherspoon as Cooper in the comedy "Hot Pursuit."

Movie review: 'Hot Pursuit' drives down too many dead ends

“Hot Pursuit” pairs Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in a buddy comedy that is heavy on slapstick and silliness and light on laughs.

2 weeks ago


 Zsófia Psotta and Bodie in "White God."

Film clips: 'White God' engaging; 'Welcome to Me,' 'D Train' passable

The Hungarian-language “White God” and dramedies “Welcome to Me” and “The D Train” are alternatives to the pursuit of big-budget movies.

2 weeks ago


 A scene from the Russian film "The Hope Factory," which will be shown Saturday night at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland.

Movie reviews: 2 movies bring out grimness of Russian life

Russian Film Symposium highlights this weekend include “The Hope Factory” and “Ordered to Forget.”

2 weeks ago


 David Oyelowo portrays Martin Luther King Jr. in a scene from "Selma," a film about the historic civil rights marches in Alabama 50 years ago.

New to DVD this week

'Selma,' 'Black & White' and  ’Fifty Shades of Grey' hit stores shelves this week.

2 weeks ago


Film symposium touches on Russian imperialism

The 17th annual Russian Film Symposium is in full swing at the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

2 weeks ago


 Juliette Binoche (Maria Enders) and Kristen Stewart (Valentine) in "Clouds of Sils Maria."

Movie review: 'Clouds of Sils Maria' benefits from fine acting

“Clouds of Sils Maria” features actresses Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz in a drama about art, acting and aging.

3 weeks ago


 Director Wim Wenders making "The Salt of the Earth."

Movie review: 'Salt of the Earth' riveting

Wim Wenders’ haunting “Salt of the Earth” documents the atrocities of humanity through the photography of Sebastiao Salgado.

3 weeks ago


Film clips: 3 movies cover comedy, kung fu and cop corruption

Comedy as a response to misery, kung fu fighting and cop corruption are the focus of three new movies opening today in Pittsburgh.

3 weeks ago


 Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson.

Movie review: Explosive 'Avengers' falls short of heroic

Never a dull moment in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but the overstuffed entertainment merely hints at the greatness that could have been.

3 weeks ago


 Domhnall Gleason and Oscar Isaac star in "Ex Machina."

Movie review: 'Ex Machina' challenges viewers to find reality

Oscar Isaac plays a computer genius who takes artificial intelligence to a new level in “Ex Machina,” also starring Domhnall Gleeson.

4 weeks ago


 Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) and Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) in "The Age of Adaline."

Movie review: 'The Age of Adaline' drains the fountain of youth

Adaline is literally 29 for decades and more a curse than a blessing for a widowed mother played by Blake Lively.

4 weeks ago


 Scene from "Merchants of Doubt."

Movie review: 'Merchants of Doubt' shows how to do battle on major issues

“Merchants of Doubt” explores the pundits-for-hire who pose as experts on issues such as climate change and toxic chemicals.

4 weeks ago


 Dr. T. Colin Campbell with his son, Nelson Campbell.

Movie review: 'PlantPure Nation' documentary will be shown tonight at Southside Works Theater

The “PlantPure Nation” documentary says government and agribusiness raise skepticism about whole plant food diets despite proven science.

4 weeks ago


 A scene from the movie "She's Beautiful When She's Angry."

Movie review: 'She's Beautiful' a wide-ranging look at battle for gender equality

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” resurrects the early days of the modern women’s movement with vintage images and then-and-now interviews.

4 weeks ago


 Olga Kurylenko stars, and Russell Crowe directs and stars in the drama "The Water Diviner."

Movie review: Crowe finds a good story in 'Water Diviner'

Russell Crowe directs and stars in “Water Diviner” as a farmer looking for the sons who never came home after the Battle of Gallipoli.

4 weeks ago


 Jakob Salvati as Pepper Flynt Busbee and Eduardo Verastegui as Father Crispin in "Little Boy."

Movie review: 'Little Boy' bites off more faith-based lessons than it can chew

”Little Boy,” a family film set during World War II, is an ambitious but cluttered weepie, tackling too many messages for its own good.

4 weeks ago


 Alon Aboutboul searches for a lost love in "Is That You?"

Movie reviews: JFilm fest wraps with notable selections

The second and final weekend of Pittsburgh's annual JFilm festival brings a couple of solid hits and some slight movie misses.

1 month ago


DVD reviews: Liam Neeson's special skills are tested again in 'Taken 3'

New on DVD: "Taken 3" and "Cake."

1 month ago



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