Frank Miller

‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ not a great case of imitation

If there’s a strong sense of familiarity while watching “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” it’s because the Young Adult genre from which it spawned is havin ...

‘Cinderella’ a classic good tale

Disney is going through another phase where they churn out live-action adaptations of some of their animated masterpieces, only to be met with mixed results. So far, revisionism r ...

‘Chappie’ can’t figure out what it wants to be

Director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene in 2009 with “District 9,” a geek-baiting sci-fi apartheid metaphor about aliens who were trapped, sequestered and suppress ...

‘Focus’ brings Will Smith back into the limelight

For a long window in the late 20th century, Will Smith was easily the biggest movie star on the planet, capable of turning anything he touched into a major attraction. But by the ...

‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ darker and not as funny as the original

The original “Hot Tub Time Machine” was a moderately funny picture that made no bones about riding the comedic coattails of its ludicrous high concept. The John Cusack ...

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ makes for a refreshing spy story

After the spy genre transitioned from the goofy Roger Moore era to the super serious modern aesthetics of the Jason Bourne films, it was only a matter of time before some silliness ...

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ fun romp for everyone

The absorbent, yellow and porous resident of a pineapple under the sea returns to the big screen in “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” The “Sponge Out o ...

‘Mortdecai’ should have done better

With every successive failure of a film, it becomes more baffling that Johnny Depp hasn’t starred in a movie directed by Wes Anderson. Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Ho ...

‘American Sniper’ entertaining enough but leaves much to be desired

After last year’s Oscar-nominated “American Hustle,” Bradley Cooper has quickly anointed himself as the reigning king of flashy-yet-inert prestige films with the ...

‘Taken 3’ should have stopped at ‘Taken 2’

Reportedly, Liam Neeson received somewhere in the ballpark of $20 million to return to “Taken 3” which is disheartening in that it seems like he’ll keep making ...