Movie Reviews

 Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino star in "San Andreas."

Movie review: Action-packed 'San Andreas' a decent disaster flick

When the ground in “San Andreas” rocks and rolls, it’s Dwayne Johnson to the rescue in a new disaster movie following an old formula.

about 14 hours ago

 Bradley Cooper, left, and Rachel McAdams cross paths in  "Aloha."

Movie review: 'Aloha' fails to make good connections

Filmmaker Cameron Crowe says “Aloha” with the help of a Hawaiian backdrop and cast led by Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.

about 14 hours ago

 Baksei Cham Krong from the movie "Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll."

Movie review: 'Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten' shows devastating effect of Pol Pot's rule in Cambodia through pop music scene

The documentary on “Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll,” opening at the Hollywood, chronicles the day the music died.

about 14 hours ago

 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

6 days 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.”

2 weeks 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.

3 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.

3 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.”

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 weeks ago