It’s the final film in the “Hunger Games” saga — no, really it is this time! With the exception of a couple of truly dazzling action set pieces, “Mockingjay – Part 2” provides more of what we saw in “Mockingjay — Part 1”: a lot of wheel-spinning and repetitive imagery. But the stakes are higher […]
Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use. Running time: 115 minutes. Three stars out of four. The abs are tight in the sequel “Magic Mike XXL” — and the pecs, and the thighs, and the asses — but the movie itself has a loose, shaggy vibe […]
Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for innuendo and language. Running time: 114 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before. A perky group of college a cappella singers suffers an embarrassing on-stage mishap, then fights to redeem itself and regain its former glory. Along the […]
Lionsgate Films Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material. Running time: 123 minutes. Two stars out of four. Despite its action and revelations, its substantial political allegory and its strong performances from a tremendous cast, “The Hunger Games: Mockingkay — Part 1” still feels like one long […]
The first half of the film adaptation of the third book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy feels like a stretched-out placeholder for the real finale. Jennifer Lawrence is strong as always, though, as Katniss, who’s now the reluctant symbol of hope for the revolution.
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.
“Walk of Shame” was not screened for critics before opening day. When I went to a matinee of it Friday morning, this made sense to me. Elizabeth Banks’ immense likability and comedic talent go to waste in this misogynistic, flat farce. My one-star RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
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 […]
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 […]
Lionsgate PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language. Running time: 146 minutes. Three stars out of four. Here’s how effective “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is: I read the book it’s based on, I knew what was going to happen, yet still found myself […]