5 Great David Bowie Songs in Films

Like the rest of the world, I woke up this morning to the impossibly sad news that David Bowie had died. He was so enduring and influential — ever-changing yet timeless — that it seems impossible he’s no longer here. Hell, my 6-year-old knows “Under Pressure” because it plays during the “Minions” trailer — that’s […]

Five Best George Clooney Performances

With “Tomorrowland” in theaters this weekend, my friend Ben Lyons posed the question on Twitter: What’s your favorite George Clooney movie? This is, of course, one of my favorite kinds of questions to ponder because it results in so many different answers and creates such a fun debate. Turns out, I already considered the topic […]

Oscar Nominations 2015

First of all, I’m not sure why I care so much. I said this to my husband this morning after the Academy Award nominations came out and I was thoroughly worked up over how terrible they were. I’m not sure why any of us care so much, actually. Maybe it’s because we see movies to […]

Five Great Bill Murray Performances

Bill Murray’s latest film, “St. Vincent,” isn’t exactly one of his greatest. It’s actually kind of mawkish and cringe-inducing. But we’re glass-half-full around here, so we’re going to seize the chance to turn this into a positive. Murray stars as Vincent, an alcoholic, misanthropic veteran living in a run-down Brooklyn home. He finds his anti-social […]

15 Films That Have Stayed With Me

There’s a fun challenge that’s been going around Facebook lately: Choose 15 films that have stayed with you throughout your life. One of the dads at school who’s become a friend of mine posed the challenge to me. Impossible, I thought at first. I write about movies for a living — how could I pick […]

What the Flick?! — The Longest Week

Even talented, likable actors like Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup can’t breathe life into this dull, vapid drama about bored rich people meandering about Manhattan. Stealing from the likes of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson doesn’t help.

What the Flick?! — The Grand Budapest Hotel

You can check out any time you’d like, but you can never leave. Matt, Alonso and I review the latest Wes Anderson extravaganza, set in a lavish hotel in a fictional Eastern European country between the two world wars.

Five Most — Back to School Edition

My kid is finally going back to school tomorrow. Finally! I realize that your kids have been back for weeks at this point — at least that’s what all the cute pictures on Facebook tell me. Now, it’s my turn to send young Nic Lemire off to achieve academic greatness in junior kindergarten. In honor […]

Five Most — First Love Movies

“The Spectacular Now” is a beautiful, subtle and authentic film about two teenagers who wouldn’t seem to belong together; not only do they fall for each other, they actually make each other better. For the most part. Miles Teller as the senior-class party boy and Shailene Woodley as his studious and secure opposite have an […]