The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Lionsgate Films Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some partial nudity. Running time: 120 minutes. One star out of four. The confused look on the faces of all the characters in the above photo pretty much tells you everything you need to know about “Allegiant” — I’m sorry, “The Divergent Series: […]

Fantastic Four

20th Century Fox Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and for language. Running time: 106 minutes. One star out of four. So we just got back from a two-week East Coast sweep — Montreal, Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston and back up again — wherein I believe I ate all of the lobster. All of it. […]

Whiplash

Sony Pictures Classics Rated R for strong language including some sexual references. Running time: 106 minutes. Three stars out of four. “Whiplash” puts us in the deliciously uncomfortable position of rooting for the shared success of two characters who are unlikable individually and toxic together. It’s one of the most disturbing entertaining movies I’ve seen […]

What the Flick?! — Whiplash

“Whiplash” is at once thrilling and horrifying. The story of a talented young jazz drummer and his cruelly sadistic mentor features powerful performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons and editing so intricate and masterful, it feels like jazz itself. (Like, seriously, it should win every possible editing award there is.) I can’t exactly say […]

RogerEbert.com — Divergent

Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before: In a rigidly structured, dystopian future, one extraordinary teenage girl will emerge as either its savior or its destroyer. “Divergent,” based on the Veronica Roth novel, definitely follows a familiar, young-adult formula. But the performances — namely from stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James — […]

What the Flick?! — Divergent

Like Tris standing before all those bowls at the Choosing Ceremony, I’m mixed on “Divergent.” But I’m way more positive on it than Matt and Alonso are. Then again, I made myself read the book — and now I actually want to read the next two.

10 Best Films of 2013

This is my favorite part of being a critic: the privilege of choosing the 10 best films of the year. In a year like 2013, it’s incredibly hard to narrow it down to just 10. I probably could have picked 10 more, easily — but the internal debate is part of the fun. I hope […]

What the Flick?! — The Spectacular Now

A coming-af-age charmer that’s very much worth seeking out.