Movie Reviews

 Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski made his Pittsburgh Symphony debut Friday night in Heinz Hall.

Concert review: PSO, guest conductor craft a musical picture

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offered “A Night in Russia” featuring conductor Krzysztof Urbanski and concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley.

1 day ago

 Starring in "The Loft" are, from left:  Matthias Schoenarts, James Marsden, Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller and Eric Stonestreet.

Movie review: ‘The Loft’ seems loftier, as a thriller, than it actually is

“The Loft” is a stylish but flawed whodunit about five upper-income-bracket pals who share a loft where they bring their assignations.

1 day ago

 Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in "A Most Violent Year."

Movie review: ‘A Most Violent Year' a tale of risky dealings in 1981 New York

“A Most Violent Year,” starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo, is set in gritty, crime-ridden 1981 New York.

2 days ago

 Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell star in "Black or White."

Movie review: Tug of war over biracial child loses steam

“Black or White” is just that, a drama about whether a girl should stay with her white granddad or live with her African-American grandma.

2 days ago

 Jonny Weston is David Raskin and Virginia Gardner is Christina Raskin in "Project Almanac."

Movie review: 'Project Almanac' a film worth time, travel

Five teens, including one played by Jonny Weston as a college-bound brainiac, figure out a way to time travel in “Project Almanac.”

2 days ago

 Scene from "A Single Life."

Movie Review: Live action beats animated in 2015 Oscar-nominated shorts

Some of the live-action and animated mini movies nominated for this year’s Academy Awards are REALLY brief: One of the best is 2 minutes.

2 days ago

 From left, Branwell Donaghey as Gittens; Jude Law as Robinson and Bobby Schofield as Tobin in "Black Sea."

Movie review: Jude Law keeps 'Black Sea' afloat

Jude Law leads a crew of British and Russian roughnecks looking for Nazi gold in Kevin Macdonald’s submarine thriller, “Black Sea.”

2 days ago

 Marion Cotillard stars in "Two Days, One Night."

Movie review: It's 'Survivor' on the job in 'Two Days, One Night'

Marion Cotillard tries to save her job at a Belgian factory in a new work from the Dardenne brothers.

3 days ago

 Wardaddy portrayed by Brad Pitt in "Fury."

New to DVD this week

"The Judge," "Fury," and "The Remaining" hit store shelves.

3 days ago

 The Oscar-nominated “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” features  frames that look like timeless watercolor paintings.

Movie review: Beautifully drawn 'Princess Kaguya' an unusual tale

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” the fourth of the five Oscar nominees for best animated movies to play in Pittsburgh, arrives Saturday.

1 week ago

 Noah, played by Ryan Guzman, has a dangerous obsession with Claire, portrayed by Jennifer Lopez, in "The Boy Next Door."

Movie review: 'The Boy Next Door' a lousy unintentional comedy

“I love your mom’s cookies” may go down in history as the most hilariously inappropriate double entendre ever spoken on film.

1 week ago

 Jennifer Aniston stars as an affluent woman suffering from chronic pain in "Cake."

Movie review: Too much misery flavors this 'Cake'

Jennifer Aniston tries to have her slice of acting-cred pie in “Cake,” a downbeat look at a well-off LA woman living with chronic pain.

1 week ago

 "The Boxtrolls," new to DVD this week, has been nominated for an Oscar for animated feature.

DVD reviews: Oscar's 'Trolls' are cuddly creatures

New on DVD: “Boxtrolls,” “Lucy,” “The Drop” and  “Annabelle.”

1 week ago

 Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in "American Sniper."

Movie review: 'American Sniper' right on target

Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper tell the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American military history.

2 weeks ago

 From left,Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei and Holt McCallany in "Blackhat."

Movie review: 'Blackhat' fails to compute as a great thriller

Michael Mann’s cyber-thriller “Blackhat” lacks chills.

2 weeks ago

 Elizabeth Banks and Boyd Holbrook in "Little Accidents," filmed in Beckley, W.Va.

Movie review: Well-acted 'Little Accidents' mines a tale of intrigue

“Little Accidents,” opening in Dormont, places secretive characters and the aftermath of two accidents in West Virginia coal country.

2 weeks ago

 Woolly mammoths in a scene from the film "Titans of the Ice Age."

Movie review: 'Titans' a great view of Ice Age

“Titans of the Ice Age” takes viewers back to the time when mammoths and other now-extinct species roamed the earth.

2 weeks ago

 From left, Kevin Hart, Olivia Thirlby, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Josh Gad in "The Wedding Ringer."

Movie review: 'Wedding Ringer' finds bliss with Gad and Hart

“The Wedding Ringer” marries comedy with Josh Gad as a friendless groom and Kevin Hart as the stranger he hires to be his best man.

2 weeks ago

 Paddington Bear in "Paddington."

Movie review: 'Paddington' a delightful children's film

“Paddington” brings a beloved bear to life in a sweet, PG-rated movie featuring the voice of Ben Whishaw as the title character.

2 weeks ago

 Rosamund Pike stars in "Gone Girl."

What's new on DVD this week?

“Gone Girl,” “Men, Women & Children,” “The Two Faces of January,” and “A Walk Among the Tombstones” hit store shelves.

2 weeks ago

 Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace return to their roles as father and daughter in "Taken 3."

Movie review: 'Taken 3' a likable, not lovable, Neeson action movie

“Taken 3” tweaks the conventions set in the previous two movies and still offers some thrills.

3 weeks ago

 Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King and Lorraine Toussaint plays Amelia Boynton iin "Selma."

Movie review: In 'Selma,' the times are changing and unchanging

“Selma” spins the clock back 50 years and recounts the historic march to Montgomery with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leading the way.

3 weeks ago

 Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello in "Inherent Vice."

Movie review: 'Inherent Vice' a ball of confusion

Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice,” an existential shaggy dog story, sure is difficult to follow.

3 weeks ago

 Johannes Bah Kuhnke, left, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren and Vincent Wettergren portray a family whose idyllic vacation in the Alps is interrupted in "Force Majeure."

Movie review: 'Force Majeure' a family drama in snowy Alps

Possible foreign-language Oscar contender "Force Majeure" unleashes an avalanche of questions for a Swedish family vacationing in the Alps.

3 weeks ago

 Mason, portrayed by Ellar Coltrane, at age 9 in Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood."

'Boyhood' new to DVD this week

Also new on DVD: “Get On Up” and “Love Is Strange.”

3 weeks ago

 Jeremy Irvine portrays a pilot disturbed by the strange happenings at Eel Marsh House in "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death."

Movie review: ‘Woman in Black’ comes into the light for unscary sequel

This sequel lacks the one big thing the original film’s star, Daniel Radcliffe, provided — empathy.

4 weeks ago


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