Straight Outta Compton

Universal Pictures Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence and drug use. Running time: 147 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. For a movie about a groundbreaking, risk-taking group like N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” is surprisingly conventional in its adherence to music biopic tropes. The rise-fall-rise-again structure, the groupies and the […]

RogerEbert.com — Madame Bovary

The Madame Bovary of this “Madame Bovary” could be Betty Draper. She could be a reality-show housewife or the mom waiting in front of you in an SUV in the pickup line at school. My mixed review of this beautiful but emotionally detached take on Gustave Flaubert’s great novel, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

San Andreas

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language. Running time: 114 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. The question isn’t whether “San Andreas” is ridiculous — of course it is, it’s a disaster epic about earthquakes devastating California — but rather, how effective is […]

What the Flick?! — The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The four of us are all on the same page on this overstuffed comic-book sequel: a little more conversation, a little less action, please.

RogerEbert.com — The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Watching “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” made me long for a low-budget, indie version of the same movie — one that took out all the numbing action sequences and focused instead on the character’s inner struggle. I also realize this is a ridiculous proposal in my two-star review for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here

What the Flick? — Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

We’re all still devastated over at What the Flick?! following the death of one of our favorite actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. We discuss the depth and versatility of his talent and struggle to decide on a singular favorite performance during his wide-ranging career. We had so much to talk about, we forgot to mention “Capote,” […]

What the Flick?! — Saving Mr. Banks

It’s an infomercial by Disney, for Disney, about Disney. Alonso, Matt, Ben and I review the cheery and self-congratulatory “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is (knda-sorta) about the making of “Mary Poppins.”

What the Flick?! — Parkland

I admired this movie for finding a different angle into an event that’s been depicted in so many ways — the JFK assassination — but ultimately the enormous (and enormously talented) cast just gets spread too thin.