The Longest Ride

20th Century Fox Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action. Running time: 128 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Movies based on Nicholas Sparks novels are low-hanging fruit. With their patented formula of painfully earnest romance and melodrama, they are easy to chew up and spit […]

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 […]

What the Flick?! — Golden Globe Nominations

The boys and I have some thoughts on Thursday morning’s Golden Globe nominations. It’s a lot of the usual suspects, but there also were some snubs and surprises.

Revisiting Clint Eastwood’s Favorite Clint Eastwood Films

Clint Eastwood’s big-screen version of the smash Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” debuted in theaters this weekend. It’s not the best film he’s directed and it’s not the worst. As I said in my two-star review, it’s very glossy and entertaining as it traces the origins of the ’60s pop group The Four Seasons, but it’s […]

Jersey Boys

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for language throughout. Running time: 134 minutes. Two stars out of four. The Four Seasons’ music was poppy, frothy, infectious. Clint Eastwood’s movies are moody, weighty, elegant. These two artistic instincts wouldn’t seem to be a good fit for each other, and as it turns out, they’re not. Eastwood’s film […]

What the Flick?! — Jersey Boys

Hopefully by the time you watch this, we all will have purged the Four Seasons songs from our brains. They are darn catchy. Clint Eastwood’s film itself, though — while glossy and entertaining — is also rather conventional and safe.

On Paul Walker, 1973-2013

An eerie sort of sadness lingers following the death of Paul Walker. Of course, the way he died was horrific — crashing into a light pole as a passenger in a red Porsche during what was supposed to have been a quick ride at a charity event. To say that his death in a car […]