Revisiting Five Most — Texas Movies

So I just got back in town after visiting Dallas for my 20-year reunion at Southern Methodist University. I would have posted something over the weekend, but I was too busy cramming queso and Shiner Bock into my grill. Apologies for the absence. But being there reminded me of a Five Most list I put […]

Movies With Friends — Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

  Phil Johnston is not easily offended. The writer of “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Cedar Rapids,” who’s working with Sacha Baron Cohen on a spy comedy that’s in development, is a dear friend of ours from our days in Brooklyn over a decade ago. One of the many things we love about him is that he […]

Carrie

Sony Screen Gems Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content. Running time: 99 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Don’t call it a remake. Kimberly Peirce’s version of “Carrie” dubs itself as a “reimagining” of the high-school horror classic. Certainly, the director of “Boys Don’t Cry” would […]

Studio 11 LA — Gravity box office, Carrie, 12 Years a Slave

Lots to discuss with the lovely Lauren Sivan on Studio 11 LA, including the juggernaut that is “Gravity.” Also: “Carrie” and “12 Years a Slave.” Watch the video here

On Gravity, All Is Lost and the Allure of Solitude

Is “All Is Lost” “Gravity” on a boat, or is “Gravity” “All Is Lost” in space? The proximity of the release of these two films — which surely will rank among the year’s best — offers an intriguing juxtaposition. Where would you rather be stranded: floating in the middle of nowhere in the stars, or […]

RogerEbert.com — Kill Your Darlings

“Kill Your Darlings” plays like a sort of Muppet Babies version of the Beat Poets. The self-serious way these figures regard themselves—and the self-serious way the film regards them—is cringe-inducing, early and often. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — The Fifth Estate

For a movie about a larger-than-life personality who shook up the world with his brazenness—and since has had to seek political asylum because of it—”The Fifth Estate” feels unfortunately small and safe. My two-star review of the Julian Assange story for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — 12 Years a Slave

Ben, Alonso and I have a wide range of opinions on Steve McQueen’s brutal but beautifully acted slavery tale. I expect I will be hearing it from some folks for not being completely in love with this movie.

What the Flick?! — The Fifth Estate

Ben and I were disappointed in this superficial take on WikiLeaks, but we did enjoy the supremely creepy performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as the website’s famous founder, Julian Assange.

What the Flick?! — Carrie

Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore take over the roles that Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie made famous in the 1976 Brian DePalma original. Kimberly Peirce’s remake is extremely faithful to that classic horror film, for better and for worse.