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 […]

RogerEbert.com — The Pretty One

Zoe Kazan is lovely in a multitude of roles, playing various versions of identical twin sisters. She and Jake Johnson share some effortless banter, but this ambitious comic drama doesn’t always hit the right marks tonally. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

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.

What the Flick?! — Drinking Buddies

Matt, Alonso and I all loved the smart dialogue, crackling chemistry and naturalistic settings of director Joe Swanberg’s latest indie.

Drinking Buddies

Magnolia Pictures Rated R for language throughout. Running time: 90 minutes. Three stars out of four. “Drinking Buddies” is a crackling screwball comedy refracted through a low-key, mumblecore prism. Admittedly, I’m not terribly fond of the word mumblecore and find it reductive — not unlike the phrases “chick flick” or “Oscar bait” to describe certain […]