Published May 10, 2013
The latest movie incarnation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby” abandons the nuanced, elegiac prose and sober reflection of the novel for a mish-mash of overinflated spectacle.
Published May 3, 2013
Early on in “Iron Man 3,” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) intones in a voiceover that “We create our own demons.” It is perhaps fitting, then, that despite being a very strong movie overall, “Iron Man 3” has some...
Published April 12, 2013
Stop me if this makes you have deja vu: Ryan Gosling as a brooding loner who, desperate to help those he cares about, goes on a crime spree and ends up in over his head. If this rings a bell, you probably saw “Drive” two years ago, and...
Published April 11, 2013
It's a rare hero indeed who makes his mark through inaction rather than action. This, “42” tells us, was baseball and accidental civil rights legend Jackie Robinson's most heroic quality.
Published April 5, 2013
Growing up is hard. Growing up when your family is disintegrating around you and the threat of nuclear annihilation seems greater than ever is overwhelming. This is the premise of “Ginger & Rosa,” a new film from Britain written and...
Published March 8, 2013
Despite all the elements seemingly stacked against it, “Oz the Great and Powerful” works. It isn't an all-time classic like its predecessor, but it's visually imaginative, tells a solid story and contains a good mix of comedy and thrills.
Published February 8, 2013
If “Side Effects” turns out to be the final outing from director Steven Soderbergh, as he has indicated recently, then he's leaving us with quite the parting gift.
Published January 11, 2013
Sometimes even the hoariest clichés in moviemaking work if you execute them with enough style. Thankfully, the cast and crew of “Gangster Squad” mostly get the fact that this is a movie that's about style over substance.
Published December 25, 2012
Oh boy, is there going to be some outrage over this movie. Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy about the pervasive violence and foul language in his movies, but he's reached new heights in his effort to provoke outrage among culture...
Published December 21, 2012
Judd Apatow, comedy producer/writer/director extraordinaire, is being dragged into middle age kicking and screaming. This much is clear early on in “This Is 40,” the self-described “sort-of sequel” to Apatow's own...
Published December 14, 2012
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is a bit of a letdown. The movie's bloated script and the decision to shoot it in 3-D at 48 frames per second detract significantly from the experience.