Movies With Friends — One Direction: This Is Us

Amy Nicholson and I know our way around a boy band. The LA Weekly film critic and I are grown-ass women, but we’re not above singing along to the Backstreet Boys in my kitchen — and harmonizing. That’s how dorky we are. So when I saw that the documentary “One Direction: This Is Us” was […]

Everybody Needs to Calm the F**k Down About Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel, we learned yesterday, which essentially caused the Internet to implode. My Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of angst-ridden responses to this news, some of which come from legitimately sane people decrying the decision as if it were the end of the world. […]

What the Flick?! — The World’s End

Matt, Alonso and I can’t remember the last time we had this much fun at a movie. “The World’s End” is a must-see.

What the Flick?! — The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

What is it exactly that the magical cup does again? We’re hoping that the androgynous British half-angels will enlighten us in this convoluted YA fantasy adventure.

What the Flick?! — You’re Next

Alonso and I enjoyed the cheeky, dark humor and clever, grisly kills in the indie horror flick “You’re Next.”

What the Flick?! — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

I loved the lyrical indie drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Alonso did not. So we had a minor squabble.

RogerEbert.com — Short Term 12

Set in a foster-care center for troubled teens, the indie drama “Short Term 12” could have been painfully mawkish. Instead, it’s powerful in its understatement. I loved reviewing this small gem for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Paradise: Faith

The austere Austrian film “Paradise: Faith” features acts of religious fervor that are so crazy, they’re sure to startle the devout and non-believers alike. I had the unique pleasure of reviewing it for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

The World’s End

Focus Features Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references. Running time: 109 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. Finally — finally! — the most entertaining movie of the summer arrives, just as August is coming to a close. Actually, “The World’s End” might be the best time you’ll have at the […]

Studio 11 LA — Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Kick-Ass 2, Jobs, Paranoia

Hashing through the weekend’s winners and losers at the box office with Lauren Sivan on Studio 11 LA. Watch the video