Movie Review

'Furious 7' embraces the absurd

Make no mistake, the long-standing cheese-fest car franchise is no longer about racing. These are now the biggest superhero movies being made anywhere not named Marvel Studios. &q ...

‘Get Hard’ should have been tougher on underlying issues

When rich, white businessman James King is sentenced to 10 years in San Quentin State Prison for fraud and embezzlement, he recruits the help of his black car washer, Darnell, to h ...

‘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 ...

‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’ predictable but provides adrenaline rush

It’s not a good sign for your horror movie franchise when the most memorable aspects about the original film are that it starred Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and featur ...

'The Interview’ just a goofy comedy, not deserving all the recent political hype

With so much controversy surrounding “The Interview,” it’s almost anti-climactic watching the film and realizing it’s not much more than a goofy lark that g ...

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ should have stopped before

With Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy coming to a close, it’s easy to look back and come to a simple conclusion: “Lord of the Rings” this isn&rs ...