What the Flick?! — Alan Partridge

You don’t have to have seen a single episode of any of the Alan Partridge TV shows to enjoy this feature-length film version. Steve Coogan is at his best with his signature comic character: a pompous, condescending but exceedingly needy and awkward British broadcaster. “Alan Partridge” is available on demand, so check it out.

RogerEbert.com — Bad Words

I really wanted to like this movie. I’ve been a big fan of Jason Bateman for years and the premise — a 40-year-old muscles his way into a national spelling bee — had real promise. “Bad Words” is simply trying to hard to shock us. Rather than being funny, most of the rude, crude lines […]

RogerEbert.com — Better Living Through Chemistry

Playing namby-pamby isn’t Sam Rockwell’s strong suit. He’s at his best playing the wild card, the troublemaker, the most charming rogue. Here, he’s stuck as a put-upon pharmacist in this dark romantic comedy opposite Olivia Wilde as the boozy trophy wife who serves as his guide to debauchery. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Journey to the West

By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, “Journey to the West” takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair. Its action sequences are a blast. But then the characters have to stop and talk. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — The Grand Budapest Hotel

You can check out any time you’d like, but you can never leave. Matt, Alonso and I review the latest Wes Anderson extravaganza, set in a lavish hotel in a fictional Eastern European country between the two world wars.

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 […]

RogerEbert.com — The Pretty One

Zoe Kazan is lovely in a multitude of roles, playing various versions of identical twin sisters. She and Jake Johnson share some effortless banter, but this ambitious comic drama doesn’t always hit the right marks tonally. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

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 […]

RogerEbert.com — Run & Jump

Will Forte displays even deeper dramatic ability following “Nebraska” — and reveals himself as a surprisingly appealing romantic lead — in the small, Irish gem “Run & Jump.” But the even greater revelation is Maxine Peake, who’s radiant as a housewife and mother of two struggling to maintain her optimism after her husband’s stroke. (But […]

Ride Along

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language. Running time: 100 minutes. One star out of four. “Ride Along” has the dubious distinction of being simultaneously shoddy and straining, lazy and desperate. It’s a comedy that’s never funny with action that’s never thrilling. Director Tim Story’s film is so […]