Movies

  • Review: "John Wick" delivers non-stop action

    Review   John Wick  delivers non stop action

    In an intriguing cinematic twist, Keanu Reeves' Matrix stunt double Chad Stahelski becomes his co-director with David Leitch on "John Wick," a visceral revenge thriller that marks a confident, muscular action debut. After a marked absence from the...

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  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Ida'

     The characters in 'Ida' are often dwarfed within the frame of the film by their surroundings, whether it's architecture or a vast sky. The film, shot in classic Academy ratio and shot in stark black and white, positions its characters near the frame's bottom, accentuating the empty space " and…

  • FOR RENT: 'Blended' and 'Belle'

    'BLENDED' Adam Sandler has had of late an almost impressively laugh-free, lazy run of terrible films of late " very bad, undisciplined films at best, the type of film that makes you want to renounce the cinematic art form at worst (and I'm specifically talking about 'Grown Ups 2'). It's hard to…

  • FOR RENT: 'Muppets Most Wanted,' 'Locke' and more

     'MUPPETS MOST WANTED' The Muppets are back again with 'Muppets Most Wanted,' a follow-up to 2011's relaunch of Jim Henson's beloved creations on the big screen. The 2011 film, an Oscar winner for one of its wonderful songs, charmed the pants off audiences; this latest comedy adventure starring…

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Giver'

     'The Giver' might be the granddaddy of the current young adult dystopian science fiction phase in print, but its film adaptation might at long last be too little, too late to make much of a splash. Despite a fine cast including Oscar-winning actors Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, 'The Giver' feels …

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Boyhood'

    Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' captures all of childhood in a day, or at least an afternoon. An experiment in patience and perseverance, Linklater's film tells the story of a young boy's coming of age, from 6 to 18, as his young actor ages across the years during which Linklater shot the film. In…

  • FOR RENT: 'Heaven Is For Real,' 'Transcendence' and more

    'HEAVEN IS FOR REAL' The only thing indisputably for real is confirmation bias, in not only this film from writer-director Randall Wallace, but the real-life near-death experience reported by then-4-year-old Colton Burpo, son of pastor Todd Burpo. The Burpo clan has made a mint in reporting this…

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Snowpiercer'

    In the not-too-distant future, the governments of the world, seeking a last-ditch effort to stop the debilitating effects of climate change, deploy a radical method of reversing heating trends. This backfires spectacularly. It does indeed cool the Earth " right into a new ice age, eradicating…

  • FOR RENT: 'Under the Skin,' 'Rio 2 and more

    'UNDER THE SKIN' 'Under the Skin' is the rare film to depict the truly alien " and not only pertaining to its central character, but a film that presents the mundane and normalcy of everyday human life in new angles scarcely seen in cinema. It's one of a very few recent films that is best left…

  • FOR RENT: 'The Lego Movie,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and more

    'THE LEGO MOVIE' The success of 'The Lego Movie' is almost a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's a great movie. On the other, it's almost definitely going to convince Hollywood studios that people flocked to see it in theaters because they liked the brand, leading to who knows what film…

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Think Like a Man Too'

    Near the end of 'Think Like a Man Too,' a character played by Michael Ealy says to the character played by Kevin Hart something many audience members might have been thinking themselves: Just stop. Make no mistake: Hart is a talented, funny guy. He's also " and I expect the box office opening of…