San Andreas

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language. Running time: 114 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. The question isn’t whether “San Andreas” is ridiculous — of course it is, it’s a disaster epic about earthquakes devastating California — but rather, how effective is […]

RogerEbert.com — Aloha

Cameron Crowe’s latest, “Aloha,” is so baffling that I’m not even going to bother trying to explain the plot to you here. But it definitely shows the signs of massive re-editing, and not in a good way. Maybe a great film is hidden in there somewhere. We’ll have to wait for the director’s cut to […]

Studio 11 LA — San Andreas, Aloha

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Good to be back on Studio 11 LA. Bob, Lauren and I talked about a couple of different kinds of summer disaster movies: “San Andreas” and “Aloha.” Enjoy. Watch the clip here

Five Best George Clooney Performances

With “Tomorrowland” in theaters this weekend, my friend Ben Lyons posed the question on Twitter: What’s your favorite George Clooney movie? This is, of course, one of my favorite kinds of questions to ponder because it results in so many different answers and creates such a fun debate. Turns out, I already considered the topic […]

Pitch Perfect 2

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for innuendo and language. Running time: 114 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before. A perky group of college a cappella singers suffers an embarrassing on-stage mishap, then fights to redeem itself and regain its former glory. Along the […]

Mad Max: Fury Road

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images. Running time: 120 minutes. Four stars out of four. The title of the movie is “Mad Max: Fury Road” because, in theory, its driving force is the iconic character at the center of George Miller’s groundbreaking, post-apocalyptic franchise. The actor […]

Hot Pursuit

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for sexual content, violence, language and some drug material. Running time: 87 minutes. One star out of four. At the end of the mismatched-buddy comedy “Hot Pursuit,” during the closing credits, there’s a series of outtakes. This is frequently the case, especially when the performers have a knack for improv, […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Walt Disney Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments. Running time: 141 minutes. Two stars out of four. Much of what made Joss Whedon’s original “Avengers” such a joy in 2012 was his ability to juggle and make it look effortless. As writer and director, […]

RogerEbert.com — Far From the Madding Crowd

I am not a romantic or traditional kinda gal, which you may have noticed if you’ve read me for a little while. But damned if Thomas Vinterberg’s take on on the classic novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” didn’t do it for me. It is just breathtakingly beautiful, and it features Carey Mulligan’s most mature […]