Movie Reviews

 Will Smith as Nicky and Margot Robbie as Jess both share an interest in grifting in "Focus."

Movie review: 'Focus' entertaining, but good pieces don't make satisfying whole

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in the thriller “Focus.”

4 days ago

 John Cusack portrays Stafford Weiss, a famed TV self-help therapist, in "Maps to the Stars."

Movie review: 'Maps to the Stars' gets lost in Hollywood’s cosmic depravity

“Maps to the Stars” director and screenwriter lose their way in trying to depict “Hollywood types.”

4 days ago

 Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde in "The Lazarus Effect": After she is killed, he brings her back to life, but it's a different kind of life.

Movie review: 'Lazarus Effect' fails to raise realistic expectations

“The Lazarus Effect” is disappointingly predictable.

4 days ago

 Taika Waititi, left, Jemaine Clement and Jonathan Brugh are  three flatmates who happen to be immortal vampires in "What We Do in the Shadows."

Mockumentary 'What We Do in the Shadows' reveals secret lives of vampires

Jemaine Clement, from "Flight of the Conchords," plays an old Transylvanian in a merry send-up opening Friday at the Hollywood in Dormont.

5 days ago

 Miles Teller is a music student under the instruction of J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash."

New to DVD: 'Whiplash,' 'Big Hero 6,' Horrible Bosses 2,' 'Code Black'

New on DVD: "Whiplash," "Big Hero 6," "Horrible Bosses 2," "Code Black."

5 days ago

 From left, Jose Cardenas (Johnny Ortiz), Danny Diaz (Ramiro Rodriguez), Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts), Victor Puentes (Sergio Avelar), Damacio Diaz (Michael Aguero), Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), Johnny Sameniego (Hector Duran) and David Diaz (Rafael Martinez)  in "McFarland, USA."

Movie review: 'McFarland, USA' runs a good race

A last chance for a high school coach provides the first real chance for a better life for teen runners in “McFarland, USA.”

1 week ago

 Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner in the film "Mr. Turner."

Movie review: 'Mr. Turner' delivers superb acting, filmmaking

Mike Leigh’s biopic about the life of British painter J.M.W. Turner is stunningly beautiful.

1 week ago

 From left, Toulou Kiki as Satima, Ibrahim Ahmed as Kidane and  Layla Walet Mohamed as Toya in "Timbuktu."

Movie review: Moving 'Timbuktu' shows dignity amid barbaric conditions

The Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” may be grim at times, but the work of Malian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako deserves a large audience.

1 week ago

 From left, Adam Scott is Adam Jr., Craig Robinson is Nick, Rob Corddry is Lou, and Clark Duke is Jacob in "Hot Tub Time Machine 2."

Movie review: Laughs less plentiful second time around for 'Hot Tub' sequel

Climb into the “Hot Tub Time Machine,” revisit the first movie and skip the sequel, which saves its funniest bits for the end credits.

1 week ago

 From left, Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman in "The Duff."

Movie review: 'The Duff' sends out good vibes to teens

Actress Mae Whitman from “Parenthood” and ”The Perks of Being a Wallflower” lands back in high school as “The Duff” in a new teen comedy.

1 week ago

 Mae Whitman in "The Duff."

Mae Whitman want to reverse-Duff the world

Mae Whitman goes back to school for “The Duff,” a teen comedy with a message about the peril of applying stereotypes to the young or old.

1 week ago

 Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from "Birdman."

New to DVD: Michael Keaton's "Birdman" hits store shelves

Other movies to hit shelves this week include “The Theory of Everything,” and “St. Vincent.”

1 week ago

 In "Fifty Shades of Grey," Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson step into the roles of billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey and curious college student Anastasia Steele.

Movie review: Much anticipated 'Fifty Shades of Grey' not so pleasurable

The film earns laughs in some of the wrong places and frustration with a story that ends by setting the stage for the sequel.

2 weeks ago

 Julianne Moore is nominated for a best actress Oscar for her work in "Still Alice."

Movie review: Heartbreaking 'Still Alice' showcases actress Julianne Moore

Oscar front-runner Julianne Moore is exceptional as a linguistics expert, wife and mom who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

2 weeks ago

 Colin Firth stars as Harry, an impeccably suave spy, in "Kingsman: The Secret Service."

Movie review: Slick 'Kingsman' well-suited to juveniles

The slick, pseudo espionage-action film "Kingsman" rips off the tropes in better films of the genre.

2 weeks ago

 Jonathan Pryce and Jason Schwartzman in "Listen Up Philip." d

Movie review: Unlikable characters give 'Listen Up Philip' its edge

Jason Schwartzman marches to his own dissatisfied drummer in "Listen Up Philip" in which he plays a self-centered, churlish writer.

2 weeks ago

 Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in  "Nightcrawler."

New to DVD this week: Feb. 12

'Nightcrawler,' 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,' 'Kill the Messenger,' and 'Rosewater’ hit store shelves.

2 weeks ago

 Master Gregory, portrayed by Jeff Bridges trains Tom Ward played by Ben Barnes in  "Seventh Son."

Movie review: Bridges almost saves ‘Seventh Son’ from being a total snoozer

The only question that’s worth considering in “Seventh Son” is whether this B-movie is bad enough to cost Julianne Moore her Oscar.

3 weeks ago

 Eddie Redmayne as Balem Abrasax in "Jupiter Ascending."

Movie review: 'Jupiter Ascending' turns into mission unaccomplished

“Jupiter Ascending” reaches for the stars but falls to Earth with an unnecessarily complicated sci-fi story from the Wachowski siblings.

3 weeks ago

 From left, Squidward Tentacles, Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, and Mr. Krabs in "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."

Movie review: Silly fun surfaces in 'SpongeBob' film

SpongeBob’s second movie twists through time, space and even the live-action surface world.

3 weeks ago

 Robert, a counselor on a veterans crisis hotline, in the Oscar-nominated documentary short "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1."

Movie reviews: Oscar-nominated short documentaries outstanding and heavy

The quality of these short documentary films is exceptionally high, though watching them all together is an emotional challenge.

3 weeks ago

 Keanu Reeves stars as ‘John Wick.’=

New to DVD this week: Feb. 5

“Dear White People” “John Wick” and “The Best of Me” hit store shelves.

3 weeks ago


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