London Has Fallen

Gramercy Pictures Rated R for strong violence and language throughout. Running time: 99 minutes. One star out of four. “London Has Fallen” is Donald Trump in film form. And not even in the funny, Funny-or-Die film form, which knowingly luxuriates in the ludicrousness of his bombastic persona. “London Has Fallen” is a shot of Trump’s […]

RogerEbert.com — Last Knights

“Last Knights,” a vaguely medieval action epic starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, is as bland as its generic title would suggest. Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya’s film might feature some handsome staging and solid production values, but it’s hard to tell because his film is so relentlessly dreary and bleak. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the […]

Daniel Stamm’s Favorite Unhappy Endings

Daniel Stamm is a twisted dude, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. When I asked the director of the horror films “13 Sins” and “The Last Exorcism” whether he’d be interested in doing a Five Most list for my website for Halloween, not only did he say yes immediately, he also immediately […]

What the Flick?! — Dolphin Tale 2

This harmless and heartwarming film is the sequel to 2011’s “Dolphin Tale,” in case you recall that there was an original “Dolphin Tale.” Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman are both in it, but sadly, they do not run around solving dolphin-related crimes.

Movies With Friends — Lucy

Jen Wang is one of the smartest women I know — so who better to bring with me to see “Lucy,” a movie about the smartest woman on the planet? Jen is a fellow school mom — our sons have been classmates and buddies for the past couple years — and the co-creator of the […]

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.

RogerEbert.com — Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Lemurs, people! It is impossible not to laugh and smile at the sight of these expressive, playful primates. This family-friendly, 3-D IMAX documentary accomplishes a great deal in its 40-minute running time. It’s both entertaining and educational, with an ecological message that’s clear without being heavy-handed. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

The Lego Movie

Warner Bros. PG for mild action and rude humor. Running time: 100 minutes. Four stars out of four. “The Lego Movie”: Merely a great film, or the greatest film ever in the history of cinema? I asked this question — jokingly, rhetorically — during our What the Flick?! review, but the more I think about […]

What the Flick?! — The Lego Movie

Matt and I are seriously in love with “The Lego Movie.” In many ways, it’s actually better suited for adults than it is for kids. The animated comedy is consistently high-spirited and hilarious but also profoundly emotional in a surprising way. Alonso, meanwhile, wasn’t quite so wild about it. You guys decide whom to trust […]