Hail, Caesar!

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking. Running time: 106 minutes. Three stars out of four. The Coen brothers — my favorite filmmakers, I should mention at the outset — have always been hit-and-miss when it comes to straight-up comedies. For every “Raising Arizona” or “The Big Lebowski,” there’s an “Intolerable Cruelty” […]

Tangerine

Magnolia Pictures Rated R for strong and disturbing sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, and drug use. Running time: 88 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. “Tangerine” is a great Los Angeles movie and a great indie and a great reminder of the possibilities of creativity during a time when everything is […]

Entourage

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content, nudity and some drug use. Running time: 105 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. The title sequence for the “Entourage” movie is undoubtedly its high point. Glossily shot and smoothly edited with Jane’s Addiction’s “Superhero” blasting in the background, it’s an […]

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

HBO Documentary Films Unrated Running time: 119 minutes. Three stars out of four. The building you see in the photo above is the headquarters of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles. Painted a glaring shade of periwinkle, with a blindingly bright, Las Vegas-style marquee out front, it is an unavoidable landmark along a busy […]

RogerEbert.com — The Canyons

Maybe playing a troubled young woman wasn’t the best way for Lindsay Lohan to escape being a troubled young woman. My review of “The Canyons” for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here