Boyhood

IFC Films R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use. Running time: 162 minutes. Four stars out of four. Simply as a piece of experimental filmmaking, “Boyhood” would have been fascinating. What Richard Linklater did was so inspired, so risky, and it could have gone so many different ways. Linklater […]

Begin Again

The Weinstein Co. Rated R for language. Running time: 101 minutes. Three stars out of four. It’s been out for a couple of weeks now, but I didn’t want to let too much more time pass before I wrote a little something about “Begin Again.” This movie charmed me so much that I had to […]

What the Flick?! — Boyhood

All of us were moved and wowed by Richard Linklater’s ambitious and profound film following the life of a Texas boy from first grade through freshman year in college. Solely as an experiment — shooting with the same actors in snippets at a time over a 12-year period — “Boyhood” would have been fascinating. But […]

What the Flick?! — Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent was an innovator in the world of haute couture. This biopic about him is pretty by-the-numbers. Alonso and I got all gussied up to review.

RogerEbert.com — Yves Saint Laurent

The first of two biopics this year about the influential French fashion designer, “Yves Saint Laurent” is visually lush but emotionally shallow. Pierre Niney bears a striking resemblance to the late haute couture powerhouse with his lanky frame and those signature spectacle. But we never get a strong sense of what drove him. My review, […]

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.

RogerEbert.com — Lullaby

Richard Jenkins, an actor of great insight and subtlety, makes his moments tolerable and occasionally moving in this otherwise mawkish drama. Jenkins stars as the wealthy patriarch of a Manhattan family who gathers his loved ones around his hospital bed to witness his decision to go off life support after a 12-year battle with cancer. […]

What the Flick?! — How to Train Your Dragon 2

The sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is wondrous, colorful and vibrant. But it also dares to present some very serious themes and see them through to their completion. I took Nicolas to see it and he was only slightly frightened of the character Djimon Hounsou voices: a villain who wants to round up […]

What the Flick?! — The Rover

“The Rover” is a slow burn — a bleak vision of a parched, post-apocalyptic wasteland, but one with surprises and startling bursts of violence in store. Australian director David Michod’s follow-up to the great “Animal Kingdom” features a stoic Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson doing the most daring (and un-“Twilight”-like) work of his career. Matt […]