Mother’s Day

Open Road Films Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material. Running time: 118 minutes. One half star out of four. “Mother’s Day” is so terrible that it inspired me to start my list of the worst movies of 2016. January and February are traditionally dumping-ground time, so a lot of truly awful movies usually […]

This Is Where I Leave You

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use. Running time: 103 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. Mawkish, self-satisfied and false, “This Is Where I Leave You” strenuously attempts to wring poignancy from its familial clashes and catharsis. More often, it’s cringe-inducing. It’s also massively frustrating as […]

Revisiting Rango

Damn, I love “Rango” so much. It is absolutely gorgeous: vividly detailed, wildly colorful and thrillingly inventive from start to finish, even as it pays homage to such classic and eclectic films as “Chinatown,” “Apocalypse Now” and Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti Westerns. I had the pleasure of revisiting the 2011 animated comedy tonight with my son, […]