Movie Reviews

 Zac Efron in "We Are Your Friends."

Movie review: Music-filled 'We Are Your Friends' falters in plot

“We Are Your Friends” stars Zac Efron as a 23-year-old DJ looking for meaning and the perfect music in his life in the San Fernando Valley.

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 From left, Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Goetze, Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze and Alexander Skarsgard as Monroe in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl."

Movie review: Young star captures '70s teen angst in 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

“The Diary of a Teenage Girl,“ starring breakout British actress Bel Powley, finds a 15-year-old sampling adult pleasures and perils.

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 Conrad Anker in "Meru."

Movie review: 'Meru' takes moviegoers to great heights

A new mountain climbing documentary follows three expert climbers as they try to scale the Shark’s Fin in northern India.

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 In "The Look of Silence," Adi, left, questions Commander Amir Siahaan, one of the death squad leaders responsible for his brother’s death during the Indonesian genocide.

Movie Review : 'The Look of Silence' is documentary-making at its most daring

Joshua Oppenheimer’s sequel to “The Act of Killing” tries to peer into the eyes and hearts of men responsible for a genocide in Indonesia.

2 days ago

 Iris Apfel in the documentary "Iris."

What's new to DVD? Island romance ‘Aloha' plus docs ‘Irish' and ‘Citizenfour'

Before the final hula, all of the key characters must take a stand, stake a claim or face the consequences of their actions in “Aloha.”

2 days ago

 Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson star in "No Escape."

Movie review: ‘No Escape' is trapped by loose threads and stereotypes

The Dowdle brothers’ film starring Owen Wilson is a disappointing international thriller.

3 days ago

 Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) in “Hitman: Agent 47." Based on the top-selling, award-winning videogame franchise, "Hitman: Agent 47."

Movie review: 'Hitman' all action and little else

“Hitman: Agent 47” is second attempt at turning video game into a palatable, popular movie, this time with Rupert Friend in title role.

1 week ago

 Rose (John Leguizamo, left) and Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg, right) in "American Ultra."

Movie review: 'American Ultra' wallows in silly gore

The extremely violent “American Ultra” isn’t Jesse Eisenberg’s best work. “The End of the Tour” and his performance in it is better.

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 An archival still from the Showtime documentary "Listen To Me Marlon" showing Marlon Brando with his father, Marlon Brando Sr.

Film clips: 'Marlon' intimate; 'Phoenix' compelling

Brando speaks for himself in documentary drawing on his audiotapes, and post-World War II Berlin provides ghostly backdrop for “Phoenix.”

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 The Children advance in director Ciaran Foy's horror film "Sinister 2."

Movie review: ‘Sinister 2’ is a horror film that’s a mystery to itself

“Sinister 2” has a couple of good jumps but seems like a goofy 1980s horror throwback rather than a memorable cinematic scare-fest.

1 week ago

 Clare McNulty, left, as Allie, and Bridey Elliott as Harper in "Fort Tilden."

Movie review: Comedy 'Fort Tilden' plays out a day in the life of two hooky-playing millennials

Film offers some laughs and silliness but not much growth.

1 week ago

 Allan (Robert Gustafsson) in "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared."

New on DVD: '100-Year-Old Man,' 'Little Boy' and more

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” “Little Boy” and “The Royals,” hit store shelves this week.

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 Hugh Grant as Waverly in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

Movie review: 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' stylish but boring

“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” impresses in style and cinematography, but disappoints in dialogue and pizazz.

2 weeks ago

 Kevin Bacon in "Cop Car."

Movie review: 'Cop Car' stalls out as thriller

“Cop Car,” a thriller starring Kevin Bacon as a Colorado sheriff, chases moviegoers but loses them with a dark, gritty atmosphere.

2 weeks ago

 From left, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and O'Shea Jackson Jr. star in "Straight Outta Compton."

Movie review: 'Straight Outta Compton' an enlightening portrait of N.W.A.

“Straight Outta Compton,” a drama about the rap group N.W.A., boasts instant audience appeal.

2 weeks ago

 Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in "The End of the Tour."

Movie review: ‘End of the Tour’ is the best kind of conversation

“The End of the Tour” is a two-man show and a good one, thanks to actors Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg and their true-life counterparts.

2 weeks ago

 Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon star in "Hot Pursuit."

New on DVD: Not so 'Hot Pursuit'

“Hot Pursuit” isn’t quite a hot mess, but it’s not very funny, either; “Unfriended” gives a new meaning to the phrase ghost in the machine.

2 weeks ago

 Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in "Tangerine."

Movie review: ‘Tangerine’ provides rare glimpse of transgender street culture

Sean Baker’s nontraditional storytelling approach — shooting his film using an iPhone 5 — results in a sympathetic and funny rare gem.

2 weeks ago

 Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, left, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards, and Kate Mara as Sue Storm come together to battle a former friend turned enemy in "The Fantastic Four."

Movie review: 'Fantastic Four' fails to measure up to the comic superheroes

“Fantastic Four” presents a new foursome played by Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, but it’s not so fantastic.

3 weeks ago

 Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix star in "Irrational Man."

Movie review: 'Irrational Man' needs a little more comedy and a little more suspense

Woody Allen’s latest film, “Irrational Man,” is an unusual “murder comedy.”

3 weeks ago

 Rebecca Hall, Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton star in "The Gift."

Movie review: In a tense thriller, 'The Gift' unwraps its themes slowly

Beware of old classmates bearing gifts and possible grudges in a new movie from actor, writer and first-time director Joel Edgerton.

3 weeks ago

 Rick Springfield and Meryl Streep perform with the Flash at the Salt Well bar in "Ricki and the Flash."

Movie review: 'Ricki and the Flash' flames out

“Ricki and the Flash” casts Meryl Streep as a woman who left her husband and three children in Indianapolis to pursue rock ’n’ roll dreams.

3 weeks ago

 Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo find the ride a little bumpy in "Infinitely Polar Bear."

Movie review: Heartfelt 'Infinitely Polar Bear' missing a few pieces

Writer-director Maya Forbes draws on her childhood and father, who struggled with bipolar disorder, for “Infinitely Polar Bear.”

3 weeks ago

 'Shaun' (left), 'Slip' (center) and 'Bitzer' (right) in "Shaun the Sheep Movie."

Movie review: 'Shaun the Sheep Movie' sheer fun

“Shaun the Sheep Movie” heads from stop action animated comedy to a clever 85 minutes of entertainment.

3 weeks ago

 Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt (and does his own stunts) in "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation."

Movie review: Cruise, McQuarrie team again for bang-up 'Mission: Impossible' reprise

The “Jack Reacher” team of Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie bring crazy stunts, suspense and renewed vigor to ”Mission: Impossible.“

4 weeks ago

 In "Testament of Youth," Kit Harington as Roland Leighton and Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain find their love shattered by World War I.

Movie review: 'Testament of Youth' heartbreakingly beautiful

“Testament of Youth” is a beautiful and heartbreaking look at the futility of war.

4 weeks ago

 Chris Farley in his Second City days in "I Am Chris Farley"

Movie review: 'Chris Farley' recalls his talents

The “I Am Chris Farley” documentary celebrates the comic actor’s life, with reflections and recollections from family, friends and admirers.

4 weeks ago

 Dave and Stacy Sterling create a world with Lego's in "A Lego Brickumentary."

Movie review: Brick by brick: 'A Lego Brickumentary' shows how Lego rebuilt

A remarkable documentary tells the story of a little brick that is more than just a toy but an entire culture of its own.

1 month ago

 Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) and Tip (voiced by Rihanna) in DreamWorks Animation's "Home."

New to DVD: 'Home,' 'The Water Diviner' and more

"Home," "The Water Diviner" and "Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIII" hit store shelves.

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