Revisiting Rango

Damn, I love “Rango” so much. It is absolutely gorgeous: vividly detailed, wildly colorful and thrillingly inventive from start to finish, even as it pays homage to such classic and eclectic films as “Chinatown,” “Apocalypse Now” and Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti Westerns. I had the pleasure of revisiting the 2011 animated comedy tonight with my son, […]

Transcendence

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality. Running time: 119 minutes. Two stars out of four. Wally Pfister has made his name as one of the top cinematographers in the industry, having worked consistently with Christopher Nolan and winning an Academy Award for Nolan’s […]

What the Flick?! — Transcendence

Johnny Depp takes over the Internet — which sounds like a frightening prospect, but it’s actually quite silly.

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 […]

Studio 11 LA — Johnny Depp on The Lone Ranger critics

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Lauren Sivan and I discuss the alleged secret cabal of critics who had it in for “The Lone Ranger,” as well as new releases “Elysium,” “We’re the Millers” and “Planes,” on Studio 11 LA. Watch the video

On Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and an Army of Critics

You may have read an article in the last day or so in which “The Lone Ranger” stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer and producer Jerry Bruckheimer blamed critics for the film’s abysmal showing at the box office, at least in the United States. The action comedy opened July 3 with a paltry $29 million, […]

What the Flick?! — The Lone Ranger

Good lord, this movie was a misfire on every level.