“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is an action-packed epic, a moving sci-fi allegory rendered in broad, lush strokes by the latest state of the computer animator’s art.
“Joe” is the movie that will make you remember how good Nicolas Cage once was and can be again.
Kevin Costner and the director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Monsieur Luc Besson in “3 Days to Kill,” a serio-comic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood.
“The Monuments Men” is the “Last Vegas” of World War II movies.
Everything old is new again at this movies this year. And weíre not just talking about sequels.
“Here Comes the Devil” is a case study in how to make your low-budget horror movie sellable.
As Nelson Mandela, Idris Elba towers over the rest of the cast in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” That’s literally true and perfectly accurate. Mandela was tall, as is Elba (of the “Thor” movies and “Takers”). And Elba manages both the voice and a hint of the presence of the great man.
The Jason Statham vehicle “Homefront” is such a generic tough-guy-against-the-odds ’80s style actioner that you’d swear Sly Stallone starred in it. He did, back in the day. Or versions of it.
It would be too easy to dismiss Alex Gibney’s “The Armstrong Lie” as a two-hour-and-three-minute exercise in moral relativism and rationalization, too late to the party about a cheating athlete we’ve already made up our minds about —again.
“Delivery Man” is a Vince Vaughn comedy about an irresponsible oaf who discovers that his sperm-donations-for-money years resulted in 533 kids he never knew he had.
Paddy is a widower who spends his lonely days watching TV in his bathrobe.
In a future where families are encouraged not to overbreed, Ender Wiggin is “a third,” the third child born to his family. “An extra.”
Technically dazzling and emotionally gripping, “Gravity” is a space-age science fiction thriller grounded in something pretty close to reality.
Paula Patton fizzes and flounces through “Baggage Claim,” a romantic comedy about a flight attendant who gives herself “30 days and 30 thousand miles” to find some man to “put a ring on it” before her sister’s wedding.
At the end of September, two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts turns 44. So this fall is probably the perfect time for her “midlife crisis” movie — “Adore” — to come out.
And thus does a summer that started with a silly car chase picture end with a sillier one.
“Passion” is Brian De Palma’s teasing, overripe remake of the forgettable French thriller “Love Crime.”
A terrorist attack, a murderous cover-up, a highly publicized trial and two lawyers — former lovers — forced to stay apart during the proceedings, “Closed Circuit” has all the makings for an incendiary thriller.
You could be forgiven for rolling your eyes at the news that last summerís flashy pre-fab pop phenomenon One Direction would be releasing a concert documentary this summer.
Michael Shannon plays a villain with "impulse-control issues" in the bike-courier thriller "Premium Rush." Shannon fans will salivate at the thought of that. Nobody can turn on the "impulse-control" scary like Michael Shannon.
There's an adorable, cutesy vulgarity at work in "Hysteria," a semiserious Victorian-era comedy about the liberating power of the first electrical vibrator.
"Do not go gently into that good night," the poet urged us. And that goes for actors as well as anybody else.
"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a "Valentine's Day" take on impending parenthood. Assorted couples cope with pregnancies, planned and unplanned, adoption and the epic change that is coming to their lives.
The years, gray hairs and wrinkles fade away from Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, and the cobwebs are brushed off "Dark Shadows" in Tim Burton's campy and dark take on the late 1960s vampire soap opera. A cheesy and cheap but beloved TV program takes an affectionate ribbing in the film, w…
There's an inviolable law of animated films - the more "names" you have in the voice cast, the weaker you know your film is.
His Awesomeness, Jason Statham, has let it be known that he chooses his films based on the fight choreographer the producers hire. Often as not, that blows up in his face. Why else would the Human Bullet from Blighty end up in dogs like "War," "Transporter 3" and "Death Race"?
So why, why more "American Pie"?
When everything in a movie is an effect, they cease to be "special." So limiting effects to the basics, especially in a horror movie, especially one as lean and primal as "Intruders," is how you make them truly "special" again - special and genuinely chilling.
What's the old saying - "3-D fool me once, shame on you, 3-D fool me twice, shame on me?"
"John Carter" is a bloated sci-fi epic made watchable by swell effects, passable performances and those little dashes of humor that reassure us that the filmmakers know this is all a lark - no matter what the budget.
From the day it was published, Dr. Seuss' environmental parable "The Lorax" has courted controversy. A screed about consumerism, greed and its cost to the environment, this anti-clear-cutting tale prompted protests in lumber-country school districts and just last week inspired an attention-s…
"Project X" is the movie equivalent of that good-looking, well-off teenage boy your gut tells you to keep away from your teenage daughter. He may turn on the charm and come from what we assume is a "good family" (as if money were a determiner). But something sets off the warning bells - that…
In "This Means War," Tom Hardy and Chris Pine audition for James
Bond and Ethan Hunt, respectively, playing CIA pals who always get
their man. And they play guys who call on all their spycraft - and
a lot of national security infrastructure - in competing to woo the
same winsome blond, Laure…
Cast and crew err on the side of silly in "Journey 2: The
Mysterious Island," the amusingly childish sequel to that unlikely
2008 hit "Journey to the Center of the Earth." They've rendered
Jules Verne's novel into a jokey lark, with broad, corny
wisecracks, comic sidekicks and everybody riff…
The title isn't an exaggeration. It was something of a "Big
Miracle," the way the plight of a family of gray whales, stranded
under the Alaska ice, captivated the country and forced oil men and
environmentalists, natives and Cold War foes to team up back in the
waning days of the Reagan admi…
Daniel Radcliffe acquits himself reasonably well in his first
adult big-screen role, a man haunted by "The Woman in Black."
For much of the cinema's history, the movies have had the good
sense to keep Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Professor Moriarty off
camera, an unseen menace made all the more menacing by his