Avengers: Age of Ultron

Walt Disney Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments. Running time: 141 minutes. Two stars out of four. Much of what made Joss Whedon’s original “Avengers” such a joy in 2012 was his ability to juggle and make it look effortless. As writer and director, […]

RogerEbert.com — The Railway Man

Austere and old-fashioned almost to a fault, “The Railway Man” offers tastefully safe treatment of a horrific subject: the torture of a British Army officer at a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman give solid performances in this true story. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — Nymphomaniac: Volume II

It’s never as good as the first time. Alonso and I review the second half of Lars von Trier’s four-hour “Nymphomaniac,” which is far more dark and grim and judgmental than “Volume I.” The cynical, misanthropic von Trier is back.

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Magnolia Pictures Unrated. 118 minutes. Three stars out of four. Lars von Trier is funny. Who knew? That’s certainly the most startling revelation to come from “Nymphomaniac: Volume I” — much more so than any of the much-ballyhooed sex itself, which is pervasive and graphic and presented so plainly as to be clinical. Sure, von […]

What the Flick?! — Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1

That wacky Lars Von Trier. Who knew he was funny? Much has been made about the graphic nature of this film, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg plays a sex addict recounting her exploits for Stellan Skarsgard. But not only is it not a titillating experience, it’s also lighter and more playful that you might expect — […]