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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Super-Heroic Action and Fun

 April 16, 2014

Rated PG-13Following on the undeniable success of the string of recent Marvel Comic films including the three Iron Man films, the two Thor films, the Hulk reboot, and the mega-powerful Avengers film, comes a...

'The Grand Budapest Hotel': A Comic Delight for the Senses

 April 9, 2014

Rated RWhen director/writer Wes Anderson creates a world on film, he uses pastels that shimmer across the screen. His actors embrace his style and trigger an ethereal experience for the viewer. Moonrise...

'Divergent': Tried and Too Familiar

 April 2, 2014

Based off of the first book from Veronica Roth's popular young adult trilogy, Divergent is a film that is held up by its strong lead actors, yet fails to deliver a premise that is fresh or new. It is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless and...

The Incomparable Entertainer: 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me'

 March 26, 2014

Not Rated Picture a white-haired, 80-something woman wearing a quirky, brimmed hat, a tri-colored fur coat, and black tights, who struts out of the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, looking as though she owns the...

'300: Rise of an Empire': Intense Action, Less Originality

 March 19, 2014

Rated RThe unexpected 2006 hit film 300 brought to life the story of Leonidas, a Spartan warrior who led 300 of his bravest fellow warriors into battle against the Persian army led by a mysteriously...

'Non-Stop' Flies with Non-Stop Clichés

 March 12, 2014

Rated PG-13Just when you think you've seen every airplane disaster, real or imagined, Non-Stop pulls you back in with bits and pieces of what has gone before. The new action thriller borrows from...

'3 Days to Kill': Action with a Muddled Plot

 March 5, 2014

Rated PG-13Kevin Costner does his best to make 3 Days to Kill a movie that's worth watching, but despite his best try, the Luc Bresson (Taken and The Fifth Element) -written and McG...

'Winter’s Tale': Thin on Miracles, Heavy on Platitudes

 February 26, 2014

Rated PG-13Winter's Tale, based on Mark Helprin's 1983 fantasy novel, fervently gallops, like one of its central figures-a majestic white horse-through what could have been a magical,...

More Mundane than Monumental: 'The Monuments Men'

 February 19, 2014

Rated PG-13Based on the true story of a platoon of men formed during World War II, the new film The Monuments Men is a drama co-written, produced, and directed by George Clooney, who also stars in...

Not Worth the 'Ride Along'

 February 5, 2014

Rated PG-13Ride Along follows the same set-up as most buddy cop films, but adds practically nothing else, making it all too predictable and boring. Directed by Tim Story (Think Like a...

Not Enough Intrigue in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

 January 29, 2014

Rated PG-13Film-goers have seen several Jack Ryans, author Tom Clancy's intrepid CIA analyst, at different ages and abilities, from Harrison Ford's version in Patriot Games to Ben Affleck's The...

Joaquin Phoenix Embraces 'Her', an Artificial Intelligence

 January 22, 2014

Rated RHer is an odd little film, part-cautionary science fiction tale, part investigation into what it means to be human in a computer-controlled world. Accompanied by metallic-sounding...

De Niro and Stallone Shadowbox Through 'Grudge Match'

 January 15, 2014

Rated PG-13By now, everyone might be used to Robert De Niro (Last Vegas, The Family) and Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables, Escape Plan) reinventing their earlier,...

'The Wolf of Wall Street': Debauchery Run Amok

 January 8, 2014

Rated RDirector Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Goodfellas) pumps his version of Jordan Belfort's real-life tale of being a manipulative, greedy, and insanely rich stockbroker/con-artist full...

Very Little to (Holiday) Cheer: 'Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas'

 December 25, 2013

Rated PG-13Tyler Perry has managed to build a lucrative career by writing, producing, directing, and starring in films in which he portrays Madea, an opinionated, loud-mouthed, abrasive woman. Madea seems to...

'Out of the Furnace' and Into the Dark

 December 18, 2013

Rated RThe violence in Out of the Furnace, a drama about hard living and loss, simmers below the surface of each character, and then flares up suddenly like the sparks in the steel mill of North...

'Dallas Buyers Club': A Raw Lesson about AIDS in the ’80s

 December 4, 2013

Rated R Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Magic Mike), in another successful endeavor to stretch his acting muscles, takes on Ron Woodroof's true story, appearing appropriately gaunt and frail.

Four Veteran Stars Celebrate the Later Years

 November 13, 2013

Rated PG-13One of the most free-flowing moments in the comedy Last Vegas occurs at the onset, when the audience is introduced to "The Flatbush Four" in the late 1950s. A photo booth serves as a prop...

A Stellar Cast Keeps 'The Counselor' Alive

 November 6, 2013

Rated RShakespeare's Hamlet instructs his actors on performing a play for the king, by saying, "Fit the action to the word and the word to the action."

The New 'Carrie': Not So Horrifying As Original

 October 30, 2013

Rated ROne obvious question about the re-make of the horror classic Carrie burns through the film's blazes: Why produce another Carrie when the original (adapted from Stephen King's novel)...

Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi Capture the Plight of Captain Phillips

 October 23, 2013

Rated PG-13When Tom Hanks receives worthy material, he immerses himself so convincingly that the actor ceases to exist and his character becomes memorable for any generation of movie-goers. If that sounds...

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