RogerEbert.com — Maggie’s Plan

Echoes of Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach are unmistakable in Rebecca Miller’s romantic comedy about narcissistic, intellectual New York academics falling in and out of love with each other. Writer-director Rebecca Miller’s comic dialogue sparkles, but the dramatic underpinnings don’t work quite as well. My mixed RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

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 […]

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 […]

10 Worst Films of 2013

Ah, the assembly of the annual worst-films list. One of my Twitter followers asked me why I felt the need to engage in this torturous exercise. Trust me, I love movies and feel hugely privileged to be able to write about them for a living. But reflecting on the worst movies of the year along […]

Getaway

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures, and language. Running time: 90 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. The Summer of Ethan Hawke ends in batshit-crazy fashion with “Getaway,” an over-the-top car chase movie that drives all night but never really goes anywhere. Following […]

What the Flick?! — Getaway

Ethan Hawke stars as a washed-up racecar driver and Selena Gomez plays the world’s most brilliant teenage hacker in this nutty, nonsensical, late-summer action extravaganza.

Studio 11 LA — One Direction: This Is Us, Getaway, Closed Circuit

Lauren Sivan and I talk about the glossy propaganda that is the One Direction documentary and some other terrible late-August releases on Studio 11 LA. Watch the Video