Veronica Mars

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for sexuality including references, drug content, violence and some strong language. Running time: 108 minutes. Three stars out of four. Full confession time: I’ve never seen a single episode of “Veronica Mars.” It just escaped my pop-culture purview a decade ago for whatever reason. I knew it had achieved a […]

Revisiting Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith

We finally reached the end of our “Star Wars” journey tonight. After showing Nicolas the first five films in George Lucas’ saga in the order they were released, we wrapped up with “Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.” I hadn’t seen the finale since it first came out in 2005 and was surprised at […]

Revisiting Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones

So my kid is super into the “Star Wars” movies these days. This was a good thing when we were watching the first trilogy — a thrill to see these iconic films through his 4-year-old eyes — but has proven to be an endurance test now that we’re slogging through the prequels. I gave in […] — Bad Words

I really wanted to like this movie. I’ve been a big fan of Jason Bateman for years and the premise — a 40-year-old muscles his way into a national spelling bee — had real promise. “Bad Words” is simply trying to hard to shock us. Rather than being funny, most of the rude, crude lines […] — Better Living Through Chemistry

Playing namby-pamby isn’t Sam Rockwell’s strong suit. He’s at his best playing the wild card, the troublemaker, the most charming rogue. Here, he’s stuck as a put-upon pharmacist in this dark romantic comedy opposite Olivia Wilde as the boozy trophy wife who serves as his guide to debauchery. My review. Read the review here

Watching Star Wars With Nicolas

The force has been strong with young Nicolas Lemire for a while now. He’s not quite 4 1/2 years old, but he’s mastered “Angry Birds Star Wars,” understanding and manipulating the game in ways neither of his parents ever could. Now, we try to limit his screen time — we really do — but if […] — Haunt

“Haunt” trots out haunted-house tropes in such a bland manner, it’s like reading a grocery list. Jacki Weaver is the only remotely interesting figure here and she’s stuck on the sidelines for much of the time. My review. Read the review here — Journey to the West

By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, “Journey to the West” takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair. Its action sequences are a blast. But then the characters have to stop and talk. My review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — 300: Rise of a Nation

This is madness? This is … a prequel. Or sequel. Or sidebar. Or something. Alonso, Matt and I take a slo-mo stab at the follow-up to the super-stylized, ultra-violent 2006 hit.

What the Flick?! — The Grand Budapest Hotel

You can check out any time you’d like, but you can never leave. Matt, Alonso and I review the latest Wes Anderson extravaganza, set in a lavish hotel in a fictional Eastern European country between the two world wars.