The 5th Wave

Sony Pictures Rated PG-13 for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying. Running time: 112 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. “The 5th Wave” plays like a Wayans-brothers spoof of movies based on dystopian Young Adult novels. Seriously, it could have been called “YA Movie” the way […]

Five Most — Las Vegas Movies

This weekend, I’m heading to Las Vegas for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, a blast of a race that takes runners up and down the Strip at night. Lights glitter and flash, bands play every mile or so and the street is packed with runners dressed as Elvis impersonators, brides and grooms (because there’s […]

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 […]