movie reviews

(Kate Winslet stars in "A Little Chaos.")

Movie Review: ‘A Little Chaos’

(2½ stars out of 4)Kate Winslet, who has established herself as one of our most dependable and accomplished screen actresses with six Oscar nominations and one Oscar, is so effortlessly commanding and authentic from her first moment on.

06/25/2015

(Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke star in "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.")

Movie Review: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

(3 stars out of 4)The director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, delivers a rewarding comedy-drama that impresses with its wit even as it merits our tears.

06/18/2015

("Inside Out.")

Movie Review: ‘Inside Out’

The setting, if you can call it that, of this witty and poignant cerebral animated adventure is inside the head of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.

06/18/2015

(Alicia Vikander stars in "Testament of Youth.")

Movie Review: ‘Testament of Youth’

(3 stars out of 4)It’s a passionate lament about the futility of war that eloquently mourns the unnecessary loss of human life that war inevitably leads to.

06/18/2015

(credit: Universal Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’

‘Jurassic World’ is the fourth installment in the franchise kicked off in 1993 with ‘Jurassic Park’, director and dino-sorcerer Steven Spielberg’s movieization of the best-seller by Michael Crichton.

06/12/2015

(Blythe Danner stars in "I'll See You in My Dreams.")

Movie Review: ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

Blythe Danner has spent the vast majority of her career acting in support of others or as an ensemble player. So it’s gratifying to see this luminous septuagenarian get top billing — and the romantic lead at that!

06/10/2015

(Melissa McCarthy stars in "Spy.")

Movie Review: ‘Spy’

(2½ stars out of 4)The targeted demographic is certainly Melissa McCarthy’s appreciative fans, but moviegoers steeped in the male-dominated superspy genre should be appreciative as well.

06/09/2015

aloha movie review

Movie Review: ‘Aloha’

(2½ stars out of 4)Aloha is a romantic comedy from director Cameron Crowe that boasts a come-hither cast but is burdened with a hither-and-thither plot.

05/30/2015

(Dwayne Johnson stars in "San Andreas.")

Movie Review: ‘San Andreas’

It’s all about the special effects as the phrase “disaster porn” begins to rear its ugly head.

05/27/2015

Left to right: Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp (credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

Movie Review: ‘Lambert & Stamp’

Lambert & Stamp is a documentary about the “fifth and sixth members” of The Who, the wildly successful rock band featuring lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Peter Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon.

05/25/2015

("Poltergeist.")

Movie Review: ‘Poltergeist’

The director, Gil Kenan, might be a bit too hasty in getting to the effects-driven scary stretch in this redo of the 1982 classic.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/22/2015

(credit: IFC Films)

Movie Review: ‘Good Kill’

(2½ stars out of 4)‘Good Kill’ is a rugged portrait of drone warfare, set at the time that it dramatically expanded, in 2010.

05/21/2015

Tomorrowland is a science fiction mystery adventure about a magical realm, the result of an ambitious and optimistic project by a secret society founded by the towering Gustave Eiffel, Jules Verne, and Thomas Edison at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889.

Movie Review: ‘Tomorrowland’

(2½ stars out of 4) Tomorrowland is an ambitious, visually arresting theme park of a family movie that has opened its gates a tad before it was ready, but with rides and attractions that will sweep the kids off their feet.

05/20/2015

(Anna Kendrick, center, stars in "Pitch Perfect 2.")

Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

(2½ stars out of 4)This sequel is another enjoyable musical comedy that hits almost all the right notes -– fewer than the 2012 original did, but enough to entertain fans of that film.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/14/2015

(Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in "Mad Max: Fury Road.")

Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

“It was hard to know who was more crazy,” the new Max intones in his opening voiceover narration. “Me, or everyone else.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/14/2015

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