Ant-Man

Walt Disney Pictures Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. Running time: 115 minutes. Three stars out of four. The end of the world isn’t nigh, for once, in “Ant-Man.” Sure, there are stakes. This is a summer blockbuster, after all. It has to make us care about something of consequence. But the overwhelming, self-serious sense […]

Jurassic World

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril. Running time: 123 minutes. Two stars out of four. It’s silly of me, right? I have this notion that a big, splashy blockbuster should provide characters and story lines that matter, that engage us, so that there are actual stakes and not just […]

What the Flick?! — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Machine gun-toting apes barreling on horseback through the fiery streets of San Francisco? Yes, please. Matt Reeves’ movie is pretty bad-ass — thrilling, terrifying and vividly rendered — but it also features some intimate moments of real emotional poignancy. We all dug it, although Alonso was less wowed than Ben and I were.

What the Flick?! — Carrie

Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore take over the roles that Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie made famous in the 1976 Brian DePalma original. Kimberly Peirce’s remake is extremely faithful to that classic horror film, for better and for worse.