We all went a little nuts over this charming little Swedish film about a trio of teenage girls who form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm. In its depictions of female friendship and restless youth, it’s funny and sad and true, with winning performances from its young cast.
Toni Collette is completely radiant as a smart and sexy but flawed Seattle music journalist in “Lucky Them.” She and Thomas Haden Church enjoy a great, kooky chemistry as a pair of mismatched friends on the hunt for a missing rock star. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
As is his preferred method, Seth MacFarlane throws everything at the wall — often more than once — to see what sticks in his comic Western. I laughed a lot throughout, particularly when MacFarlane is at his smartest with humor that subverts politics, pop culture and religion. And Charlize Theron is delightful in a rare […]
Shockingly, “Blended” isn’t as terrible as most recent Adam Sandler movies. There is a vague sense of tonal continuity. But it’s still yet another example of Sandler using the excuse of making a movie to go on a lavish vacation with his friends — this time, to South Africa. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review […]
Jon Hamm stars in this feel-good Disney sports comedy about the effort to take two young men from India and turn them into major-league pitchers in the United States. It’s pretty dull and by-the-numbers until it turns schmaltzy.
The boys and I had a lively conversation about the faith-based comedy “Moms’ Night Out” and the subsequent shitstorm the negative reviews have inspired.
Universal Pictures Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity and drug use throughout. Running time: 96 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. I have been both of the people at the center of the conflict in “Neighbors.” I have been the drunk sorority girl who doesn’t want […]
Moms are frazzled control freaks and dads are blithering incompetents in this dismally tame, faith-based comedy. Basically the message is: Don’t go out. Because if you do, all hell will break loose — or rather, all heck. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
My fellow SMU grad, Los Angeles Times critic Robert Abele, joins me and Alonso for a discussion of Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Snuffer’s cheese fries. Robert and I wanted to laugh harder, but Alonso had a good time.
The ordinarily likable Elizabeth Banks throws herself into this terrible role with all the gusto she’s got, but even she can’t make her vapid TV news anchor character feel like a real person. Robert Abele joins me and Alonso to discuss this flat, unfunny slog.