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Melissa McCarthy Blasts Through Brash Comedy

 July 16, 2014

Rated R

'Transformers: Age of Extinction': An Overly Loud and Long Mess

 July 9, 2014

Rated R

'Words and Pictures' Rises Above its Understated Title

 July 2, 2014


'22 Jump Street': Silly Summer Movie Fun

 June 25, 2014

Rated R

'Maleficent': A New Twist on an Old Tale

 June 11, 2014

Rated PG

Food, Glorious Food in the Savory 'Chef'

 June 4, 2014

Rated R

'Neighbors': A Raunchy, Funny Comedy

 May 28, 2014

Rated R

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': Not as Amazing as the First

 May 14, 2014

Rated PG-13

Leslie Mann Steals Scenes in Tiresome Comedy

 May 7, 2014

Rated PG-13

'Transcendence': Hype, Technology, and a Convoluted Plot

 April 30, 2014

Rated PG-13Transcendence is a new science-fiction/fantasy film by first-time director Wally Pfister (the cinematographer from The Dark Knight and Inception) that has a cool premise,...

Strong Acting Keeps Draft Day Kicking

 April 23, 2014

Rated PG-13Some competent actors gather for the melodramatic Draft Day, and are convincing in their passion for NFL football, especially to jockey for the top college players. Kevin Costner, no...

'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...

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