October 22, 2014
There is a review for “Fury” in my head that I will never write. I’ll try to tell you why:
“Fury” follows a tank crew pushing into Nazi Germany late in World War II, but this is merely what happens. It’s not what “Fury” is about. I could call... More ›
October 15, 2014
The most important factor in telling a story is having a reason to tell it. It can be a small reason -- this year’s “Godzilla” asked a modern horror filmmaker to return the monster to demigod status. It can be a big reason -- “The Monuments Men” addresses... More ›
October 8, 2014
“Gone Girl” is the movie you go to in order to have your mind race, and to keep yourself up well past any reasonable bedtime because you’re still thinking about and discussing it. It’s the chill up your spine you feel not when something is lurking... More ›
October 1, 2014
An early shot in “The Equalizer” shows a beautiful woman rising from her seat on the bus. She waits to exit, and the camera pans around to reveal Robert McCall’s face. We’d expect any male character... More ›
September 24, 2014
When I was younger, almost all my scripts and stories started the same way. A man or woman wakes up somewhere mysterious, not knowing who they were or how they got there. It’s the easiest set-up... More ›
September 17, 2014
Movies are all about expectations. If I’d rented “No Good Deed” straight-to-DVD, having no idea what it was, I still wouldn’t think it’s a good movie but I’d applaud the effort. Seeing it in the theater, however, magnifies all its flaws 30 feet... More ›
September 10, 2014
As the summer ends and we begin shifting toward autumn, we also change movie seasons. Gone for the most part are the glossy superhero blockbusters that ruled the hottest months. In their place will come art films, Oscar bait, and more than a few... More ›
September 3, 2014
Mainstream critics tend to miss the boat when it comes to found footage movies, and they’ve done it again with “As Above, So Below.”
You can’t really blame them. Found footage (or POV horror)... More ›
August 27, 2014
“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” would be a lot better if it didn’t seem like a Men’s Rights recruitment ad. Every woman in the film is either manipulating a man, getting beaten, or pining for a man who couldn’t care less about her. Often all three... More ›
August 20, 2014
There stood their names, 20 feet tall: Stallone. Li. Statham. Grammer. Snipes. Schwarzenegger … wait. Back up a few. Grammer? Kelsey Grammer?
That’s when my hopes for a franchise in its death... More ›
August 13, 2014
I’m not convinced Megan Fox is a bad actress. I’m not convinced she’s a good one either. She’s never been given much to do aside from scream and run in slow motion. I can’t think of another actor, outside motion capture, who’s spent as much time... More ›
August 6, 2014
The big name in all the ads for “Lucy” is Scarlett Johansson, and for good reason. “Lucy” just clobbered Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s brawnier, twice-as-expensive release “Hercules” in theaters... More ›
July 2, 2014
A follow-up to the animated 2010 DreamWorks hit about a young Viking boy and his flying dragon, this soaring sequel has grown along with its audience.
This new “Dragon” reunites director Dean DuBois with most of the original vocal cast (Jay... More ›
June 18, 2014
Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and
Directed by Robert Stromberg
PG, 97 min.
Disney turns one of its own stories inside out in this inverted fairy tale back-story about the “mistress of all evil” who put... More ›
June 11, 2014
Recently released, “Edge of Tomorrow” is an impressive flick in the science-fiction/alien-invasion genre. It has only one serious flaw, which I’ll describe later.
The story leaps into the... More ›
June 4, 2014
At an age when some folks are thinking about retirement, the world’s most famous mega-monster is enjoying a roaring comeback.
First introduced in a 1954 Japanese flick as a metaphor for... More ›
May 23, 2014
San Antonio, Texas (May 20, 2014) – Opening this Friday just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend is Return to the Hiding Place. The film is a World War II action-packed, riveting drama... More ›
May 14, 2014
The other night on TV, a show featured an urban-legend-ish conversation about someone who’d been bitten by a spider and then discovered little spiders crawling out of the bump on his neck.
I... More ›
May 7, 2014
With director Wes Anderson, you either “get him” and his oddball characters, quirky plots and distinctive, whimsical visual style, or you don’t. A whole lot of people do, however, in his movies... More ›
April 30, 2014
Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Dennis Leary
Directed by Ivan Reitman
PG-13, 109 min.
Somewhat as “Moneyball” looked at the inside business of baseball, director... More ›