What the Flick?! — Snowpiercer

Believe the hype, guys — this movie is bad-ass. Bong Joon-ho’s film has serious things to say about class disparity but it’s also thrilling in its surprises and dazzling in its production design. If it’s not playing near you, please check it out through video on demand.

RogerEbert.com — Sex Tape

“Sex Tape” is a one-joke movie that feels like a one-joke movie. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, who had an enjoyably raunchy chemistry a few years back in Jake Kasdan’s “Bad Teacher,” re-team for Kasdan as a longtime married couple but strain and flail for laughs that just aren’t there. But the Rob Lowe segment […]

Movies With Friends — Planes: Fire & Rescue

It’s been a few months since I’ve done one of these Movies With Friends things so I thought it was time, and I thought I’d try it again with Nicolas. About a year ago, I took him to see “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” and we talked about it afterward, with varying degrees […]

Boyhood

IFC Films R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use. Running time: 162 minutes. Four stars out of four. Simply as a piece of experimental filmmaking, “Boyhood” would have been fascinating. What Richard Linklater did was so inspired, so risky, and it could have gone so many different ways. Linklater […]

Begin Again

The Weinstein Co. Rated R for language. Running time: 101 minutes. Three stars out of four. It’s been out for a couple of weeks now, but I didn’t want to let too much more time pass before I wrote a little something about “Begin Again.” This movie charmed me so much that I had to […]

What the Flick?! — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Machine gun-toting apes barreling on horseback through the fiery streets of San Francisco? Yes, please. Matt Reeves’ movie is pretty bad-ass — thrilling, terrifying and vividly rendered — but it also features some intimate moments of real emotional poignancy. We all dug it, although Alonso was less wowed than Ben and I were.

What the Flick?! — Boyhood

All of us were moved and wowed by Richard Linklater’s ambitious and profound film following the life of a Texas boy from first grade through freshman year in college. Solely as an experiment — shooting with the same actors in snippets at a time over a 12-year period — “Boyhood” would have been fascinating. But […]

RogerEbert.com — Tammy

Melissa McCarthy has enough clout in this town and in this industry, after standout performances in the massive box-office hits “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat” and “Identity Thief,” to make pretty much any movie she wants. She’s used it to make “Tammy,” a comedy she stars in, produced and co-wrote with her husband, Ben Falcone, who’s directing […]