Hail, Caesar!

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking. Running time: 106 minutes. Three stars out of four. The Coen brothers — my favorite filmmakers, I should mention at the outset — have always been hit-and-miss when it comes to straight-up comedies. For every “Raising Arizona” or “The Big Lebowski,” there’s an “Intolerable Cruelty” […]

Magic Mike XXL

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use. Running time: 115 minutes. Three stars out of four. The abs are tight in the sequel “Magic Mike XXL” — and the pecs, and the thighs, and the asses — but the movie itself has a loose, shaggy vibe […]

Jupiter Ascending

Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated PG-13 for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity. Running time: 125 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. It’s difficult to tell whether “Jupiter Ascending,” the latest sci-fi extravaganza from the writing-directing Wachowski siblings, intends to be as hilarious as it is. Some […]

RogerEbert.com — Step Up All In

Certainly you don’t go to a “Step Up” movie for the glittering repartee. But alas, one must endure banal dialogue and a flimsy plot in order to enjoy the gravity-defying, acrobatic extravaganzas. It’s enough to make you wish they’d called this fifth film in the franchise “Step Up and Shut Up.” My RogerEbert.com review. Read […]

22 Jump Street

Columbia Pictures Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some language. Running time: 112 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. “22 Jump Street” is pretty much the exact same movie as “21 Jump Street.” It knows it, you know it, and it knows that you know it. […]

What the Flick?! — 22 Jump Street

Just ridiculously entertaining. We all had a blast. See it, and then see it again to catch all the jokes you missed while you were laughing your ass off.

What the Flick?! — The Lego Movie

Matt and I are seriously in love with “The Lego Movie.” In many ways, it’s actually better suited for adults than it is for kids. The animated comedy is consistently high-spirited and hilarious but also profoundly emotional in a surprising way. Alonso, meanwhile, wasn’t quite so wild about it. You guys decide whom to trust […]

What the Flick?! — Ben reviews White House Down

In case you were wondering what “White House Down” star Ben Mankiewicz thought of “White House Down.”

What the Flick?! — White House Down

Thank god Channing Tatum is here to save our nation from destruction.