Movie Reviews


 From left, Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a summer sensation

“Guardians of the Galaxy” mines 1970s music, obscure Marvel Comics, laughs and Chris Pratt’s appeal in an expected summer sensation.

about 10 hours ago


 Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in "Get on Up."

'Get on Up' feels good

Chadwick Boseman should feel good, very good, as he moves from Jackie Robinson and a football draft pick to James Brown in “Get on Up.”

about 10 hours ago


 Solene, portrayed by Gwenaelle Simon, is one of the women Gaspard, played by Melvil Poupaud, has a liaison with in "A Summer's Tale."

Breezy, seductive story unfolds in 'A Summer's Tale'

A sensual gem from French New Wave master Eric Rohmer — lost for 18 years — is no less enchanting or evocative.

about 10 hours ago


 Richard Linklater behind the scenes of his film "Boyhood."

'Boyhood' seems like a simple movie, but it's stunning

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” a dozen years in the making, opens today after taking Sundance and other 2014 film festivals by storm.

about 10 hours ago


 Michael Pitt and Astrid Berges-Frisbey star in "I Origins."

'I Origins' gives food for thought

“I Origins” casts a wide net, embracing debate about faith, science and reincarnation in film from “Another Earth” filmmaker Mike Cahill.

about 10 hours ago


 Russell Crowe stars in "Noah."

DVD reviews: 'Noah' and 'The Other Woman'

New on DVD: 'Noah' and 'The Other Woman'

1 day ago


 Scarlett Johansson plays the title character in "Lucy,"  an action-thriller that examines the possibility of what one human could truly do if she unlocked 100 percent of her brain capacity and accessed the furthest reaches of her mind.

Movie Review: In sci-fi thriller 'Lucy,' Scarlett Johansson battles through weird mind games

Luc Besson’s “Lucy” features Scarlett Johansson as a woman whose brain power is out of this world.

1 week ago


 Willem Dafoe and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man."

Movie review: Acting heightens the thrills in 'A Most Wanted Man'

Suspense and gamesmanship course through the spy thriller “A Most Wanted Man” with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright.

1 week ago


 "The Dance of Reality" stars Jeremias Herskovits, left, and Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Movie review: 'Dance of Reality' provocatively surreal

Dazzling "Dance of Reality" proves a provocative, surreal film memoir from the 85-year-old master maker of "El Topo."

1 week ago


 Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in "And So It Goes," directed by Rob Reinger.

Movie review: Predictable plot stalls 'And So It Goes'

Despite the presence of Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, “And So It Goes” comedy is cut from bland, sitcom cloth.

1 week ago


 Kate Hudson and Zach Braff star in "Wish I Was Here."

Movie Review: Messy 'Wish I Was Here' a heartfelt effort

Zach Braff does triple duty as director, co-writer and actor in “Wish I Was Here,” as a struggling actor, husband and dad reassessing life.

1 week ago


 Dwayne Johnson plays the title role in "Hercules."

Movie review: 'Hercules' filled with treachery and bloodshed

Dwayne Johnson looks the part of Hercules but cannot sell the role in new movie based on Steve Moore comic.

6 days ago


 Johnny Depp in "Transcendence."

New on DVD: 'Transcendence' and 'Heaven Is for Real'

"Transcendence" stars Johnny Depp as in a kind of high-tech horror story; "Heaven Is for Real" recounts a boy‘‍s visions of the afterlife.

1 week ago


 Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in " Life Itself."

Movie reviews: 'Life Itself,' 'Violette,' 'Planes: Fire & Rescue,' 'Sex Tape'

A half-dozen new movies range from the return of animated planes and a look at Roger Ebert to a couple‘‍s attempt to spice up their life.

2 weeks ago


 Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric in Roman Polanski’s "Venus in Fur."

Movie review: Polanski's 'Venus in Fur' a playful work

Roman Polanski is ba-a-a-ck in rare form: "Venus in Fur," a dark comedy-drama, explores the S&M sexual dynamics of acting and directing.

2 weeks ago


 The cast of "The Purge: Anarchy" includes, from left, Frank Grillo, Zoe Soul, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford.

Movie review: 'The Purge: Anarchy' releases the beast on the streets of Los Angeles

Sequel leaves the suburbs for violent 12-hour encounter.

2 weeks ago


New to DVD this week

On sale this week: "Rio 2," "Under the Skin," “Debbie Macomber‘‍s Cedar Cove” and “How the West Was Won.”

2 weeks ago


Movie review: 'Persecuted' fails as a thriller

Audiences may feel "Persecuted" after watching this confused, confusing movie about a TV preacher targeted for ruin.

2 weeks ago


 Caesar (Andy Serkis) ponders his next move as he faces a threat posed by a colony of humans in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

'Planet of the Apes' fascinates with its sci-fi effects

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has little monkey business but much movie magic as Caesar and hundreds of apes return to screen life.

3 weeks ago


 "Citizen Koch" filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin.

PAC documentary skims surface

"Citizen Koch" delivers an impact — but not  the real goods — on the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United political-money ruling.

3 weeks ago


 Liam Neeson as Michael and Olivia Wilde as Anna in "Third Person."

'Third Person' takes risks with 3 linked stories

Oscar winner Paul Haggis is willing to take risks and juggle multiple interlocking stories, as he shows again in “Third Person.”

3 weeks ago


 Taylor Kitsch in "The Grand Seduction."

Acting saves cliched but funny 'Grand Seduction'

Indie gem “The Grand Seduction,” an English-language remake of “Seducing Dr. Lewis,” fishes for laughs amid sitcom-sty situations.

3 weeks ago


 Jason Bateman, director and star of the film "Bad Words."

New to DVD this week

"Bad Words," and LeWeek-End" for sale this week.

3 weeks ago


 Irrfan Khan is Saajan in "The Lunchbox."

New on DVD this week

"The Lunchbox," "The Unknown Known" and "Like Father, Like Son" hits store shelves this weekend.

4 weeks ago


 Susan Sarandon as Pearl and Melissa McCarthy as Tammy in New Line Cinema's comedy "TAMMY."

'Tammy' rides too bumpy road to get to big finish

Road-trip comedy “Tammy,“ starring co-writer Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, takes more disappointing than dandy detours.

1 month ago


 From left, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Teo Halm and Ella Wahlstedt in "Earth to Echo."

‘‍Earth to Echo’ an uplifting adventure with shades of ‘‍E.T.'

Three boys about to lose their neighborhood find an alien and a  valuable reminder about friendship in the PG-rated “Earth to Echo.”

1 month ago


 Hailee Steinfeld and Mark Ruffalo star in "Begin Again."

Surprises await in "Begin Again'

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley each get a chance to “Begin Again” in the musical dramedy from the filmmaker behind “Once.”

1 month ago


 Chris Evans, left, and Ah-sung Ko in "Snowpiercer."

Express train rides to frozen future in 'Snowpiercer'

South Korean directer Bong Joon-ho delivers more than just another generic action movie with “Snowpiercer.”

1 month ago


 Mendoza, played by Edgar Ramirez, and Sarchie, played by Eric Bana, in "Deliver Us From Evil."

‘Deliver’ that exorcism, because the rest of the movie’s a bore

The demonic possession police procedural “Deliver Us From Evil” only gets good and wound up for its third-act good vs. evil confrontation.

1 month ago



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