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 […]

What the Flick?! — How to Train Your Dragon 2

The sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is wondrous, colorful and vibrant. But it also dares to present some very serious themes and see them through to their completion. I took Nicolas to see it and he was only slightly frightened of the character Djimon Hounsou voices: a villain who wants to round up […]

What the Flick?! — Maleficent

The evil fairy who cursed Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty” gets an origin story, as so many iconic characters have in recent years. It’s a role that would seem to be tailor-made for the formidable talents of Angelina Jolie, and while she does look striking, she seems strangely hemmed in. I actually would have enjoyed seeing […]

What the Flick?! — Rio 2

“Rio 2” comes to life during its colorful, lively musical numbers. But then they end, and you realize there isn’t much to the story — despite the many competing subplots. Matt and I aren’t exactly packing our bags and heading down there. — Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Lemurs, people! It is impossible not to laugh and smile at the sight of these expressive, playful primates. This family-friendly, 3-D IMAX documentary accomplishes a great deal in its 40-minute running time. It’s both entertaining and educational, with an ecological message that’s clear without being heavy-handed. My review. Read the review here


Sony Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content. Running time: 105 minutes. One and a half stars out of four Is it wrong to root for the volcano? Mount Vesuvius is the most interesting and expressive character of all in “Pompeii,” a mind-numbingly dull and unintentionally hilarious sword-and-sandal epic/disaster […]

The Lego Movie

Warner Bros. PG for mild action and rude humor. Running time: 100 minutes. Four stars out of four. “The Lego Movie”: Merely a great film, or the greatest film ever in the history of cinema? I asked this question — jokingly, rhetorically — during our What the Flick?! review, but the more I think about […]