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Image from "The Lego Movie" (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘The Lego Movie’

Make no mistake about it: this is a hundred-minute toy commercial.

02/12/2014

(Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.")

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

This first sequel delves deeper into the resonant themes introduced in its predecessor, expands the mythology, reflects the horrors in its titular “entertainment,” and further fleshes out the primary characters.

11/21/2013

(Halle Berry is just one of the big names in "Movie 43.")

Movie Review: ‘Movie 43′

This contemptible compilation comedy is simply offensive, despite the array of A-list stars.

01/26/2013

Title character 'Ted' (center) voiced by Seth McFarlane. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

Cuddly, Raunchy Weekend At The Box Office

It was certainly a unique weekend at movie theaters, with a trash-talking teddy bear and male strippers lighting up the box office to the tune of nearly $100 million.

07/02/2012

(Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Michael Hall D'Addario star with Michelle Pfeiffer in "People Like Us.")

Movie Review: ‘People Like Us’

In a summer movie season full of comic book superheroes and supernatural creatures, it’s a relief to get the occasional movie focused on people like us.

06/28/2012

(Kristen Stewart stars in "Snow White and the Huntsman." Credit: Universal Pictures)

Your Summer Movie Preview

So what do June, July, and August have in store for us as mainstream attractions compete for box office dollars? Plenty!

05/24/2012

(Elizabeth Banks, left, and Brooklyn Decker are among the stars of "What to Expect When You're Expecting.")

Movie Review: ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’

When all is said and done, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” boasts about as much depth as a slick commercial aimed at a well-defined demographic.

05/17/2012

(Jennifer Lawrence stars in "The Hunger Games."  Credit: Lionsgate)

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games’

Jennifer Lawrence hits the thespian bull’s-eye once again as the “girl on fire,” carrying the movie on her shoulders with a never-a-false-move star turn.

03/22/2012

(Sam Worthington, left, and Anthony Mackie are among the stars of "Man on a Ledge.")

Movie Review: ‘Man on a Ledge’

That nothing is quite what it seems, a familiar approach in this kind of thriller, is fine. We only wish that the eventual revelations were more interesting and satisfying.

01/27/2012

("Fast Five")

Bill Wine’s Summer Movie Preview

What will moviegoers be looking forward to, flocking to, then fleeing from or returning to, on theatre screens between now and late August?

05/14/2011

(Russell Crowe in "The Next Three Days.")

Home Video Report: New DVDs Amid A Changing Landscape

The home video business certainly has changed in a technical sense, but DVDs are still being released.

03/09/2011

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Movie Review: The Next Three Days 

Is The Next Three Days a worthwhile investment of your next two hours? Only if you wear your gullibility cloak.

11/19/2010