Oscar Nominations 2015

First of all, I’m not sure why I care so much. I said this to my husband this morning after the Academy Award nominations came out and I was thoroughly worked up over how terrible they were. I’m not sure why any of us care so much, actually. Maybe it’s because we see movies to […]

RogerEbert.com — Penguins of Madagascar

“Penguins of Madagascar,” a spin-off from the “Madagascar” franchise, is zippy and zany and much funnier than you might expect. I laughed the whole way through — because the vast majority of the humor is for us and not our kids. Still, this animated comedy is super family-friendly. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Matt is a Tolkien purist, so he really disliked the second of Peter Jackson’s three films based on “The Hobbit.” I admittedly haven’t read any of these books and am not a fan of the films, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. We had a fun little debate.

Studio 11 LA — The Hobbit, American Hustle

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One of the best films of the year, “American Hustle,” is in theaters this weekend. So is the second of Peter Jackson’s three films based on “The Hobbit.” Lauren Sivan and I discuss them, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, on Studio 11 LA. Watch the clip here

RogerEbert.com — The Fifth Estate

For a movie about a larger-than-life personality who shook up the world with his brazenness—and since has had to seek political asylum because of it—”The Fifth Estate” feels unfortunately small and safe. My two-star review of the Julian Assange story for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — 12 Years a Slave

Ben, Alonso and I have a wide range of opinions on Steve McQueen’s brutal but beautifully acted slavery tale. I expect I will be hearing it from some folks for not being completely in love with this movie.

What the Flick?! — The Fifth Estate

Ben and I were disappointed in this superficial take on WikiLeaks, but we did enjoy the supremely creepy performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as the website’s famous founder, Julian Assange.