Film Reviews

Reel Critics: 'Draft Day' doesn't score a touchdown

Reel Critics: 'Draft Day' doesn't score a touchdown

There's plenty of real tension, drama and humor in the convoluted dealings of NFL teams preparing for the college football draft....

Reel Critics: 'Winter Soldier' a spring treat

Reel Critics: 'Winter Soldier' a spring treat

A buffed Chris Evans returns to the screen as Captain America, the most wholesome and righteous character in the Marvel Comics lineup. He...

Reel Critics: This film deserves a recall vote

Reel Critics: This film deserves a recall vote

Director David Ayer is known for his ultraviolent police epics like "Training Day" and "End of Watch." Screenwriter Skip Woods ("A Good...

Reel Critics: A 'Grand' hotel, indeed

Reel Critics: A 'Grand' hotel, indeed

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a crazy roller-coaster ride of a movie with the promise of future cult status.

Reel Critics: 'Peabody' fun despite padding

Reel Critics: 'Peabody' fun despite padding

My childhood memories of "Rocky & Bullwinkle" cartoons are personal treasures. The sarcastic observations of the smart aleck characters were...

Reel Critics: The Russian 'Private Ryan'

Reel Critics: The Russian 'Private Ryan'

The vicious battle for Stalingrad between Hitler's Wehrmacht and the ragtag Soviet army was the turning point of World War II. The story...

Reel Critics: Spend your '3 Days' elsewhere

Reel Critics: Spend your '3 Days' elsewhere

Directors Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita") and McG ("Terminator Salvation") are no strangers to high-octane action flicks. They team up in...

Reel Critics: Too much warmth in 'Winter'

Reel Critics: Too much warmth in 'Winter'

Akiva Goldsman won an Oscar as the screenwriter of the complex and mysterious Best Picture of 2001, "A Beautiful Mind." He wrote and...

Reel Critics: All parts fit in 'Lego Movie'

Reel Critics: All parts fit in 'Lego Movie'

Never has there been a movie with a list of characters that includes Abraham Lincoln, Shakespeare, Shaquille O'Neal, Michelangelo, Gandalf,...

Reel Critics: A 'Labor'-ed day for Winslet

Reel Critics: A 'Labor'-ed day for Winslet

I never thought I would use the words "Kate Winslet" and "mediocre movie" in the same sentence. Then along came her new film "Labor Day,"...

Reel Critics: Racial themes dominated year's best films

Reel Critics: Racial themes dominated year's best films

Last year closed with several strong candidates for Best Picture. It's hard to narrow them down to a 10-best list, but these are my picks...

Reel Critics: A 'Shadow' of past thrillers

Reel Critics: A 'Shadow' of past thrillers

Author Tom Clancy created CIA agent Jack Ryan as the hero of several novels that became major films. The Ryan character has been played by...

Reel Critics: 'Survivor' pays tribute to brave

Reel Critics: 'Survivor' pays tribute to brave

"Lone Survivor" is a brutally honest depiction of ground combat in the 21st century. It provides an unflinching look at the gritty reality...

Reel Critics: Ferrell can't 'Anchor' this sequel

Reel Critics: Ferrell can't 'Anchor' this sequel

I enjoyed Will Ferrell's first turn as Ron Burgundy, the foolish and pompous newscaster from the 1970s. In "Anchorman 2: The Legend...

Reel Critics: Tune meanders in 'Llewyn Davis'

Reel Critics: Tune meanders in 'Llewyn Davis'

I've been a fan of the Coen Brothers' eccentric dark humor for many years. Their unique offbeat style is exemplified in noteworthy movies...

Reel Critics: Between two worlds

Reel Critics: Between two worlds

A major studio making a movie about one of its own blockbuster hits sounds like a bad idea. The potential for self congratulation is...

Reel Critics: Action overwhelms in 'Hobbit'

Reel Critics: Action overwhelms in 'Hobbit'

Director Peter Jackson gets his mojo back in the latest installment of the "Hobbit" series. "The Desolation of Smaug" recaptures the...

Reel Critics: 'Furnace' a searing vision

Reel Critics: 'Furnace' a searing vision

Bleak, depressing but powerful, "Out of the Furnace" throws you into the smoldering fire of hard people in hard times. Christian Bale and...

Reel Critics: Easy to warm up to 'Frozen'

Reel Critics: Easy to warm up to 'Frozen'

With "Frozen," not since "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" have I been so impressed with a musical Disney movie.

Reel Critics: No corn in this 'Nebraska'

Director Alexander Payne knows his way around Oscar-worthy films and great actors. He proved it in "Sideways" with Paul Giamatti, "The...

Reel Critics: 'Best Man' tried but true

Reel Critics: 'Best Man' tried but true

It's refreshing to see a film full of African American actors who are college-educated and living an upscale middle-class life.

Reel Critics: Strong acting sells 'Buyers Club'

Reel Critics: Strong acting sells 'Buyers Club'

"Dallas Buyers Club" is a hardscrabble look at a real-life character who helped transform the nation's attitude toward AIDS. Ron Woodroof...

Reel Critics: 'Ender's Game' is kids' stuff

Reel Critics: 'Ender's Game' is kids' stuff

Asa Butterfield is the starry-eyed young actor who played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated "Hugo." He jumps up several levels to play...

Reel Critics: Compared to 'Jackass,' this is a triumph

Reel Critics: Compared to 'Jackass,' this is a triumph

Johnny Knoxville has been at the center of the lowbrow "Jackass" series of bad-boy comedy films and cable TV shows. His format gathers a...

Reel Critics: Taking the 'Fifth' takes time

Reel Critics: Taking the 'Fifth' takes time

The saga of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, has been headline news across the world. Find proof in the recent conviction of...

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