Hardcore Henry

STX Entertainment Rated R for for non-stop bloody brutal violence and mayhem, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use. Running time: 95 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. Bring Dramamine if you’re planning on seeing “Hardcore Henry.” And do NOT meet up with friends for drinks beforehand. This extra-violent extravaganza of first-person […]

Chappie

Columbia Pictures Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity. Running time: 120 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. Do you know who Die Antwoord are? I didn’t before walking into “Chappie.” Not really. In retrospect, I’d vaguely heard of the South African rave-rap group because a fellow school mom mentioned to […]

What the Flick?! — Maleficent

The evil fairy who cursed Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty” gets an origin story, as so many iconic characters have in recent years. It’s a role that would seem to be tailor-made for the formidable talents of Angelina Jolie, and while she does look striking, she seems strangely hemmed in. I actually would have enjoyed seeing […]

RogerEbert.com — Open Grave

Sharlto Copley wakes up in an open grave in … “Open Grave.” Spanish director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego presents an intriguing mystery for a while as he explores the nature of memory and identity, but ultimately his film turns disappointingly cliched. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — Elysium

We’re looking forward to the quality health care that will be available to us in the future — a post-apocalyptic future, naturally — in this sci-fi thriller from the director of the excellent “District 9.”