Max

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements. Running time: 111 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. “Max” is a strange beast. It is, in theory, a family-friendly movie about courage and friendship, with a brave and handsome military search dog at its center. Who […]

Ted 2

Universal Pictures Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use. Running time: 115 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. If you liked the original “Ted,” Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 surprise smash about a pot-smoking, potty-mouthed teddy bear, then you will probably like “Ted 2.” It is essentially the […]

RogerEbert.com — The Little Death

“The Little Death,” an Australian sex comedy that takes its title from the French idiom for orgasm, bops around between various couples exploring their fetishes and fantasies. There are a few laughs but a lot more jarring tonal shifts, as well as an unpleasant streak of sexual assault. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

Inside Out

Disney/Pixar Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action. Running time: 94 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. Here’s the main difference between me and my 5-year-old son. I mean, clearly, there are many, including the fact that someday soon he’ll be able to reach items on the high shelves in […]

RogerEbert.com — The Overnight

You may think you know the strange directions in which this deliciously uncomfortable comedy is headed — and then it takes a detour or adds a twist or doesn’t go there at all. Not naming any names, but I can imagine having a version of this kind of night with some L.A. parents I know. […]

Jurassic World

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril. Running time: 123 minutes. Two stars out of four. It’s silly of me, right? I have this notion that a big, splashy blockbuster should provide characters and story lines that matter, that engage us, so that there are actual stakes and not just […]

RogerEbert.com — Madame Bovary

The Madame Bovary of this “Madame Bovary” could be Betty Draper. She could be a reality-show housewife or the mom waiting in front of you in an SUV in the pickup line at school. My mixed review of this beautiful but emotionally detached take on Gustave Flaubert’s great novel, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

Entourage

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content, nudity and some drug use. Running time: 105 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. The title sequence for the “Entourage” movie is undoubtedly its high point. Glossily shot and smoothly edited with Jane’s Addiction’s “Superhero” blasting in the background, it’s an […]

RogerEbert.com — Insidious: Chapter 3

“Insidious: Chapter 3” is shockingly good — especially for the third movie in a horror franchise. Rather than repeating himself, writer, co-star and first-time director Leigh Whannell sets this one up as a prequel, and puts the exceedingly bad-ass Lin Shaye front and center. It’s got several serious jumps but also a significant emotional undercurrent. […]