10 Best Films of 2013

This is my favorite part of being a critic: the privilege of choosing the 10 best films of the year. In a year like 2013, it’s incredibly hard to narrow it down to just 10. I probably could have picked 10 more, easily — but the internal debate is part of the fun. I hope […]

10 Worst Films of 2013

Ah, the assembly of the annual worst-films list. One of my Twitter followers asked me why I felt the need to engage in this torturous exercise. Trust me, I love movies and feel hugely privileged to be able to write about them for a living. But reflecting on the worst movies of the year along […]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Paramount Pictures Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence. Running time: 119 minutes. Two stars out of four. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is so scattershot in its stream-of-consciousness sense of mayhem, it makes the original “Anchorman” look like a John le Carre adaptation by comparison. Now, I know […]

Studio 11 LA — Anchorman 2, Saving Mr. Banks, August: Osage County

Lots of big end-of-the-year releases in theaters now, including the much-anticipated sequel “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Lauren Sivan and I whip out the big up-dos to discuss. Watch the video here

RogerEbert.com — American Hustle

“American Hustle” is absolutely one of the best films of the year in a year packed with great films. David O. Russell’s ’70s crime romp is ridiculously entertaining in all the best possible ways. My rare four-star RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Some Velvet Morning

Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve tear each other apart in spectacularly verbal fashion in “Some Velvet Morning,” writer-director Neil LaBute’s return to the kind of blackheartedness with which he made his name. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Trap for Cinderella

The erotic thriller “Trap for Cinderella” is neither erotic nor thrilling, but rather reliant on cheap nudity and multiple mistaken-identity switcheroos in hopes of keeping us on edge. It’s essentially “Single White Female” with Hitchcockian aspirations. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — American Hustle

We all had a complete blast at “American Hustle,” one of the year’s best films and one that will appear very high on both Alonso’s and my top 10 lists.

What the Flick?! — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Matt is a Tolkien purist, so he really disliked the second of Peter Jackson’s three films based on “The Hobbit.” I admittedly haven’t read any of these books and am not a fan of the films, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. We had a fun little debate.

What the Flick?! — Saving Mr. Banks

It’s an infomercial by Disney, for Disney, about Disney. Alonso, Matt, Ben and I review the cheery and self-congratulatory “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is (knda-sorta) about the making of “Mary Poppins.”