10 Best Films of 2016

I realize I haven’t written nearly enough reviews this year and I have a million excuses for that: being busy with Nic’s school, his skating, my skating, What the Flick?!, various radio shows, trying to read actual books. But I promise you I see everything, and I keep a running list of potential top-10 contenders […]

Oscar Nominations 2015

First of all, I’m not sure why I care so much. I said this to my husband this morning after the Academy Award nominations came out and I was thoroughly worked up over how terrible they were. I’m not sure why any of us care so much, actually. Maybe it’s because we see movies to […]

Nightcrawler

Open Road Films R for violence including graphic images, and for language. Running time: 117 minutes. Three stars out of four. “Nightcrawler” is a great Los Angeles film and a great media film and a great noir, powered by a supremely creepy performance from Jake Gyllenhaal in what is perhaps the best work of his […]

What the Flick?! — Prisoners

Ben, Alonso and I try to discern the origin of Jake Gyllenhaal’s distracting neck tattoos in the beautifully shot but self-serious “Prisoners.”

Prisoners

Warner Bros. R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout. Running time: 146 minutes. Two stars out of four. “Prisoners” has heavy-duty arthouse pretensions but, if we’re being honest with each other, it’s really just a high-falutin’ B-grade kidnap thriller. It’s got lofty aspirations but it also wants to wallow in the muck […]

Studio 11 LA — Rush, Prisoners, Enough Said

Lauren Sivan and I talk the weekend’s new movies — including a poignant final performance from the late, great James Gandolfini — on Studio 11 LA. Watch the video here