Movies

Space adventure ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is coolest summer movie

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” isn’t writer-director James Gunn’s first superhero movie. ...


In ‘Magic,’ Woody Allen’s quirks shine through

Emma Stone and Colin Firth bring an amusing vitality to a movie, especially when they’re engaged in quick-witted sparring. So watching them try to outmaneuver each other in “Magic in the Moonlight” – Woody Allen’s latest period romantic comedy – is delightful.


I love ‘Lucy’

French writer-director producer Luc Besson likes to make movies featuring strong women. ...


‘Planes’ sequel doesn’t quite take off

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” appears to be a cartoon that’s designed for kids, and designed to sell anthropomorphized helicopter toys to kids. To be clear, it is both of those things. But this sequel – which improves slightly on its lazy predecessor, last year’s “Planes” – is also a movie made to appeal to the middle-aged, particularly those who enjoy watching an animated air show set to the sound of AC/DC.


‘Yves Saint Laurent’: A tired portrait of a tortured artist

Yves Saint Laurent, as portrayed in the French biopic bearing his name, comes across as two people. There was Yves before the drugs: Born in Algeria, he was a soft-spoken, painfully shy prodigy who took over the Dior fashion house while he was still in his 20s. And then there was the more uninhibited Yves, a philanderer who snorted cocaine, went out dancing and alienated his closest friends and longtime lover.


‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ tops ‘Rise’

As the end credits for this follow-up to the prequel of “Planet of the Apes” ...


‘They Came Together’: Rom-com is deconstructed

Perhaps all you need to know about “They Came Together” is that the team that wrote and directed “Wet, Hot American...


‘Transformers’ sticks with formula

As I sit down to write this, minutes after arriving home from a preview of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,”...


‘The Grand Seduction’: A cozy tale of a fish out of water

Cozy, picturesque and soothingly reassuring, “The Grand Seduction” plays like a cross between “Doc Martin” ...


Slate makes ‘Obvious Child’ a film to watch

WASHINGTON – The comic onstage is telling a fart joke, which wouldn’t seem to signal the beginning of a groundbreaking movie or a starmaking turn for an actor.


‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’: A 3-D adventure that sure soars

There is an unbearably adorable moment at the start of any 3-D children’s movie when the first frames hit the screen and the little ones in the audience let out a collective “woooooow” as they reach up to touch the images coming at them. This is, for better or worse, the highlight of some 3-D fare. But in “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” that moment is really just an auspicious beginning for a riveting, moving and beautifully animated film.


‘Bicycling With Moliere’: A buddy comedy on its surface

From Laurel and Hardy to Felix Unger and Jack Klugman to the ladies of “The Heat,” the odd couple formula ...


‘Edge of Tomorrow’: Cruising back to save the day

It’s so easy to be glib in dismissing summer blockbusters: They’ve gotten too big, too loud, too dependent on slick computer effects and too dismissive of fusty ideas like narrative and character arc. How depressing the routine has become, watching otherwise gifted stars squander their talents on the altar of the lowest common denominator.


‘Cold in July’: A truth that’s hard to swallow

I approached “Cold in July” with some trepidation, not just because the trailer looked grim ...


‘Godzilla’: The monsters (yes, monsters) are a scream

“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards’ 2010 theatrical debut, “Monsters,” hardly lived up to its name. ...


‘Belle’: A fractured family drama

Fans of romantic period drama have something to tide them over until the next Jane Austen adaptation.


‘Hateship Loveship’ a startling turn in fresh start

Kristen Wiig has made a career of quiet mortification. Since creating her strange, often quirkily recessive recurring characters on “Saturday Night Live,” then attaining superstar status in the smash raunch-com “Bridesmaids,” Wiig has turned a relatively limited bag of behavioral tics – shy downward glances; whispered line deliveries that trail off into vague nothingness; oblique, off-center staging – into her own highly personal, mousily effective Hollywood juggernaut.


‘Bears’: Survival is the bare necessity

“Bears” is the Disneynature's latest nature doc with a twist. It’s more reality show than peer-reviewed research ...


‘Dom Hemingway’: So handsome, so hapless

The title character of “Dom Hemingway” is a Cockney safecracker, played with gusto by Jude Law. ...


‘Joe’: Deeply moving and different

In a career that has lurched from the heights of “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Adaptation” ...


‘Le Week-end’ serves up deft humor, insight

“Le Week-End” begins on a train, which in this case is conveying Meg and Nick to Paris ...


‘Big Men’ tells a riveting story

Documentarian Rachel Boynton must have some serious powers of persuasion. ...


‘Noah’: Audacious adaptation of one of Bible’s most enigmatic chapters

Be warned – anyone familiar with the 500-year-old man and his ark may need to check their visualizations at the door ...


‘Divergent’: This time, it cuts to the quick

It’s rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it’s based. It’s even more unusual when it’s better. ...


‘Bad Words’ is wonderfully good

Don’t let the fact that this is a comedy about kids’ spelling bees turn you off. It’s a movie that’s equally nasty and funny...


‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ is Wes Anderson at his best

Writer-director Wes Anderson’s madcap confection “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is easily the fastidious ...


‘Visitors’: For viewers, a cinematic trance

“Visitors,” the transfixing new movie from filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, opens with...


‘Tim’s Vermeer’: Is it painting or a process?

What if Johannes Vermeer were a machine? That’s the question posed by Tim Jenison in “Tim’s Vermeer,” a highly watchable...


‘The Lego Movie’: Throwing out the booklet

There are so many things to like about “The Lego Movie”: a great voice cast, clever dialogue...


Farmiga, Garcia give ‘At Middleton’ a passing grade

College-set romances traditionally major in minors expelling hormones and vomit in massive quantities. Not “At Middleton.”


‘Hours’: Paul Walker gives touching performance in one of his final roles

“Hours” is a small film, and would likely not be getting the modest attention it is were it not for the death of its star, Paul Walker...


‘The Past’ has many layers of life, love

What’s gone before is never really lost, but lingers in the air – or maybe only in the mind...


‘47 Ronin’: Keanu Reeves stars in dull retelling of Japanese fable

One of the defining fables of pre-modern Japan, the tale of the 47 ronin has been filmed many times in that country....


‘Her’ is a wildly inventive, understated romance

Joaquin Phoenix delivers a gentle, thoroughly disarming performance in “Her,” a wildly inventive...


‘American Hustle’ is classic David O. Russell

“American Hustle” takes the Russell formula of making the story’s characters more interesting than the story...


Silly fun in ‘Anchorman 2’

Even though a decade has passed since dimwitted newsreader Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his Channel 4...


‘Out of the Furnace’ comes up short in gritty take on vengeance

First-time scripter Brad Ingelsby and second-time writer-director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”)...


‘Nebraska’ sure to get Oscar nominations

It’s a long walk from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb. – anywhere between 850 and 902 miles...


‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’– this star shines brightest

As “Catching Fire” gets underway, Katniss and Peeta are touring the benighted districts of Panem,...


‘Delivery Man’ gives deja vu all over again

To paraphrase Yogi Berra, “Delivery Man” is deja vu all over again.


‘Motel Life’ shows incredible bond between two brothers

Alan and Gabe Polsky are brothers, which may explain why “The Motel Life,” their first foray into directing...


‘Thor: The Dark World’ an Asgardian family reunion

Is “Thor” getting dumber, or am I? I’m not referring to the Marvel superhero (Chris Hemsworth)...


Matthew McConaughey talks about the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

For the past 20 years, Matthew McConaughey has been an actor, making his big-screen debut as the pothead David Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused.”


‘Kill Your Darlings’: Awash in delicious and difficult ambiguities

The phrase “it’s complicated” appears more than once in “Kill Your Darlings" ...


‘The Counselor’ keeps viewers guessing

It’s a grand week in some towns for movie fans who expect to get their money’s worth at the box office...


‘Bad Grandpa’ – call of the vile

We’ve had “Bad Santa,” “Bad Lieutenant” and “Bad Teacher.” Now we have “Bad Grandpa.” What’s next? “Bad Rabbi”? I can already see the movie poster’s tagline: “Don’t miss this bris.” But I digress.


‘12 Years a Slave’ a searing time capsule of cruelty

The opening scenes of “12 Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen’s searing adaptation of the true-life account of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery...


‘A.C.O.D’ is quirky divorce comedy

Divorce is typically more nasty than funny, but that doesn’t stop first-time director Stu Zicherman...


Tom Hanks’s superb performance in ‘Captain Phillips’ anchors thrilling tale

Those readers who habitually skip past the review to see how many stars a movie has earned...


Ben Affleck comes up aces in ‘Runner Runner’

Screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien came up aces with “Rounders,” ...



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