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

RogerEbert.com — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

It’s the final film in the “Hunger Games” saga — no, really it is this time! With the exception of a couple of truly dazzling action set pieces, “Mockingjay – Part 2” provides more of what we saw in “Mockingjay — Part 1”: a lot of wheel-spinning and repetitive imagery. But the stakes are higher […]

Oscar Picks 2015

Predicting the Oscars was extraordinarily hard this year — harder than I can remember in a long time. Usually by this point, with the Academy Awards ceremony just a few days away, the frontrunners have established themselves pretty clearly. And while this is true (for the most part) in the acting categories, the whole best […]

RogerEbert.com — Still Alice

Julianne Moore gives a graceful yet powerful performance as a brilliant linguistics professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.” The movie itself, however, isn’t all that great. My mixed RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

The first half of the film adaptation of the third book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy feels like a stretched-out placeholder for the real finale. Jennifer Lawrence is strong as always, though, as Katniss, who’s now the reluctant symbol of hope for the revolution.

What the Flick?! — Non-Stop

The texts are coming from inside the plane! The semi-annual Liam Neeson Festival of Ass-Kicking is back. This time, he plays a troubled air marshal who receives threatening text messages during a trans-Atlantic flight from New York to London. The “fasten seat belts” sign definitely is on.

Carrie

Sony Screen Gems Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content. Running time: 99 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. Don’t call it a remake. Kimberly Peirce’s version of “Carrie” dubs itself as a “reimagining” of the high-school horror classic. Certainly, the director of “Boys Don’t Cry” would […]

Studio 11 LA — Gravity box office, Carrie, 12 Years a Slave

Lots to discuss with the lovely Lauren Sivan on Studio 11 LA, including the juggernaut that is “Gravity.” Also: “Carrie” and “12 Years a Slave.” Watch the video here

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.

Don Jon

Relativity Media Rated R for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, language and some drug use. Running time: 90 minutes. Three stars out of four. Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns the gym-tan-laundry routine into an art form with “Don Jon,” his vibrant and viciously profane directorial debut. Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote the script, stars as […]