Film Reviews

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Gangsters from Russia are the new default mafia in recent crime thrillers. Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer" and James Gandolfini in "The...

Reel Critics: '22 Jump Street' mostly by the numbers

Reel Critics: '22 Jump Street' mostly by the numbers

The sequel comedy "22 Jump Street" is as rude, crude and ridiculous as the rowdy original. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum revise their...

Reel Critics: A wild 'West' from MacFarlane

Reel Critics: A wild 'West' from MacFarlane

"A Million Ways to Die in the West" is a mixed bag of rapid-fire jokes that obliterate the boundaries of good taste at every level. Seth...

Reel Critics: 'Blended' from typical ingredients

Reel Critics: 'Blended' from typical ingredients

No one expects an Adam Sandler film to be Oscar material. His latest effort is no exception.

Reel Critics: 'Arm' shows strength, while Godzilla's wanes

Reel Critics: 'Arm' shows strength, while Godzilla's wanes

Hollywood loves all things baseball. Disney continues the tradition with a light-hearted look at a true-life sideshow of the national...

Reel Critics: Rogen grows up? Well, sort of

Reel Critics: Rogen grows up? Well, sort of

Seth Rogen built a career in movies out of his pot-smoking, immature slacker persona. Irresponsible behavior, bad language and sexual...

Reel Critics: 'Bears' a treat for cubs and others

Reel Critics: 'Bears' a treat for cubs and others

Disney's acclaimed nature films offer vivid portrayals of animals in the wild. They entertain and educate young viewers in the biological...

Reel Critics: 'Transcendence'? Not quite

Reel Critics: 'Transcendence'? Not quite

Wally Pfister is one of Hollywood's most renowned cinematographers of complex visual screenplays.

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...

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