Five Most — Clunky Movie Titles

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a gorgeous film — definitely one of my favorites this year — but it has an unfortunately clunky title. I realize it’s intended to harken to a time, a place, a mood. But I hope it’s not off-putting to potential viewers, because it’s very much worth seeking out. Still, this […]


Open Road Films Rated PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language. Running time: 127 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. The irony in “Jobs,” about the late Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs, is not how a man could be so beloved and yet be such a bastard. The irony is […] — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a devastatingly beautiful film with an absolutely terrible title. It borrows more than a tad from Terrence Malick but also heralds the emergence of a talented filmmaker in David Lowery. My review for Read the review here

What the Flick?! — Paranoia

This second-rate techno-thriller asks us to envision a world in which Liam Hemsworth and Richard Dreyfuss might share the same DNA.

What the Flick?! — Jobs

Ashton Kutcher wasn’t quite up to the job, if you will, in portraying the influential co-founder of Apple Computers.

What the Flick?! — Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Lee Daniels’ trip through the second half of 20th century American history features plenty of powerful moments as well as some amusing stunt casting — and a great performance from Oprah, who gets to play it a little trashy.

What the Flick?! — Kick-Ass 2

We realize it just isn’t as much fun as it used to be to watch a young girl cursing and killing people — even if she is played by the adorable Chloe Grace Moretz.

Kick-Ass 2

Universal Pictures Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content and brief nudity. Running time: 103 minutes. Two stars out of four. Jim Carrey’s character in “Kick-Ass 2,” an ex-mobster and born-again Christian who’s transformed himself into a vigilante crimefighter named Colonel Stars and Stripes, carries a handgun on his person at […]

On Oscar Bait, in August

After a recent screening of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” based on the true story of a black butler who served every United States president in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan, a friend asked me what I thought of the film. My first instinct was to respond: “It’s good. But it’s total Oscar bait.” […]

We’re the Millers

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for crude sexual content, passive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity. Running time: 110 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Jennifer Aniston is beautiful and stylish and envied with her trend-setting hair and yoga-toned body and the ability to achieve longevity in a fickle industry with […]