RogerEbert.com — The Humbling

Al Pacino dials it down and does some of his best work in a long time as a veteran actor struggling to regain his former glory. If that premise sounds a lot like “Birdman,” well, yes — that is an unfortunate coincidence. But Pacino’s performance is the strongest element in Barry Levinson’s frustratingly inconsistent film. […]

RogerEbert.com — The Wedding Ringer

The buoyantly loopy chemistry between Kevin Hart and Josh Gad helps keep this mostly formulaic bromance afloat. Gad stars as a sweet but schlubby dude who’s about to get married; Hart plays his best man for hire. What could possibly go wrong? My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

The Interview

Columbia Pictures Rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence. Running time: 112 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. This is what all the fuss was about? A movie composed almost entirely of dick jokes, ass jokes and bromantic homoeroticism was the cause of […]

A Secret Protest Screening

One of the many great parts about living in Los Angeles is the wealth of repertory theaters offering an array of eclectic fare for serious film lovers. The Cinefamily, at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax, is prime among them. These people dig deeply and care passionately, and they enjoy a loyal following. So when […]

What the Flick?! — Inherent Vice

We are all fans of Paul Thomas Anderson around here, but none of us really dug his hazy, druggy, comic noir. Maybe it requires another viewing to appreciate it fully, but I just can’t bring myself to endure this slog once more.

What the Flick?! — Top Five

We all really enjoyed the shockingly great “Top Five,” the best film Chris Rock has made yet. The spirit, wit and bite of Rock’s standup work really shines through here.

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

Samuel Goldwyn Films Rated PG for some thematic elements. Running time: 80 minutes. Zero stars out of four. Let’s just set aside the ideology for a second. We’ll get to that, I promise. Purely from a technical perspective — from a perspective of sheer craft — “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas” is hilarious in its ineptitude. […]

What the Flick?! — Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

“Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas” — or as I like to think of it, “Tyler Perry’s Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas” — is a holiday comedy for Christian audiences that’s hilarious in its ineptitude. Seriously, how did this get released? It’s “The Room” of Christmas movies. Alonso and I had a good time discussing it.

What the Flick?! — Remembering Mike Nichols

Matt, Alonso and I look back at the staggeringly diverse and consistently sharp career of Mike Nichols, who died this week at age 83. It’s hard to think of another director working today who matches his depth and range, and who draws such inspired work from established actors.

Five Favorite Films at Los Feliz Day Care

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One of my favorite Twitter feeds these days is Los Feliz Day Care, a dead-on parody of uptight, ultra-P.C. parenting and educational tactics. Whether or not you’re a parent, you should seriously check it out — you will cackle daily. As the mother of a 5-year-old in Los Angeles, I can attest that these quips […]