Universal Pictures Rated PG for action and rude humor. Running time: 91 minutes. Two stars out of four. We are a Minion-friendly household around here. My 5-year-old son, Nicolas, loves the Minions so much, he thinks he actually IS one. We’ve been on the “Despicable Me” ride at Universal Studios more times than I can […]

What the Flick?! — Best of 2013

Ben, Alonso and I choose our favorite movies from 2013. You all know that my No. 1 pick is: “Gravity.” But what did the guys select? The anticipation is agonizing, isn’t it?

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 […]

Studio 11 LA — Gravity box office, Carrie, 12 Years a Slave

Lots to discuss with the lovely Lauren Sivan on Studio 11 LA, including the juggernaut that is “Gravity.” Also: “Carrie” and “12 Years a Slave.” Watch the video here

On Gravity, All Is Lost and the Allure of Solitude

Is “All Is Lost” “Gravity” on a boat, or is “Gravity” “All Is Lost” in space? The proximity of the release of these two films — which surely will rank among the year’s best — offers an intriguing juxtaposition. Where would you rather be stranded: floating in the middle of nowhere in the stars, or […]

Studio 11 LA — Gravity

As if I needed more opportunities to rave about how great “Gravity” is, the lovely folks at Studio 11 LA had me on to discuss its huge opening weekend box office. Watch the video here


Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language. Running time: 91 minutes. Four stars out of four. Believe the hype: “Gravity” is as jaw-droppingly spectacular as you’ve heard — magnificent from a technical perspective but also a marvel of controlled acting and precise tone. This is not […]

What the Flick?! — Gravity

Everything you’ve heard is true. Alfonso Cuaron’s latest film is a minor masterpiece: astonishingly beautiful and inescapably tense. See it in 3-D on the biggest possible screen you can find.

The Heat

20th Century Fox Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence. Running time: 117 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. There’s a running joke throughout “The Heat” in which love-struck men approach Melissa McCarthy’s foul-mouthed detective character and beg to know why she hasn’t called them after she slept […]

What the Flick?! — The Heat

We kinda went nuts for “The Heat.” It is way funnier — and less hacky — than the trailer would suggest.