RogerEbert.com — Life of a King

Chess: It’s just like life! Did you know that? Cuba Gooding Jr. teaches the game to inner-city youth — and uses it as a not-so-subtle metaphor — in this well-intentioned but ultimately formulaic story of an ex-con trying to rebuild his life. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Jamesy Boy

James Burns’ reckless youth and road to redemption are the subject of “Jamesy Boy,” a film with a message of inspiration, to be sure, but not much in terms of innovation. Newcomer Spencer Lofranco doesn’t seem quite ready for his first lead role opposite a strong supporting cast that includes Ving Rhames, Mary-Louise Parker and […]

What the Flick?! — Interior. Leather Bar.

James Franco “re-enacts” 40 minutes of cut footage from the 1980 drama “Cruising,” in which Al Pacino starred as an undercover cop exploring New York’s gay-bar scene, in his pseudo-documentary “Interior. Leather Bar.” Alonso and I appreciated this as an ambitious experiment.

RogerEbert.com — Some Velvet Morning

Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve tear each other apart in spectacularly verbal fashion in “Some Velvet Morning,” writer-director Neil LaBute’s return to the kind of blackheartedness with which he made his name. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — Some Velvet Morning

Alonso and I marvel at the verbal sparring of Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve in Neil LaBute’s biting and twisty “Some Velvet Morning.”

What the Flick?! — Out of the Furnace

Alonso, Matt and I are mixed on “Out of the Furnace.” It’s a gritty, grimy genre picture about meth heads and backwoods criminals that’s elevated by an excellent cast including Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson.

RogerEbert.com — Nebraska

Alexander Payne rips the lid off the Midwestern mythology with his latest film, “Nebraska.” Bruce Dern gives the performance of his prolific career as a cantankerous drunk who believes he’s won a million dollars and insists on making the 900-mile trek to pick up the prize money personally. This is a movie that stuck with […]

What the Flick?! — Parkland

I admired this movie for finding a different angle into an event that’s been depicted in so many ways — the JFK assassination — but ultimately the enormous (and enormously talented) cast just gets spread too thin.

What the Flick?! — Concussion

Alonso has been raving about this film so I’m really glad I checked it out. It’s a sensitive and insightful depiction not just of female sexuality but also of midlife longing.

What the Flick?! — Blue Caprice

Alonso, Ben and I all loved “Blue Caprice” and were blown away by Isaiah Washington’s chilling performance as the mastermind of the 2002 Beltway sniper shootings.