Movie Review

‘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 ...

‘Top Five’ channels Chris Rock’s inner Woody Allen

Early on in Chris Rock’s new film, “Top Five,” you get the sense that not only is he telling his own story but the story of any rising comic who ever became a mai ...

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ fine for anyone under age 5

There used to be an outlet for second-tier movies that manufactured a spin-off of a popular brand and was generally considered the direct-to-video market. Twenty years ago, &l ...

‘Interstellar’ wows visually but is emotionally cold

With climate changes threatening the viability of sustaining life on Earth, a team of astronauts journey through space to find a new home for the human race in Christopher Nolan&rs ...

‘Nightcrawler’ captivating and unnerving

The nightly news has become so concerned about ratings that sensational content, preying on the fears of viewers, gets top billing, no matter how murky the ethics. Jake Gyllenhaal ...

‘John Wick’ action film does everything right

“John Wick” Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist and Alfie Allen Five out of five stars   Ever since st ...

‘Fury’ assault is unrelenting

Despite the heavy liberties taken by the film, Brad Pitt has already appeared in one of the more compelling World War II movies ever made in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglou ...

‘Dracula Untold’ doesn’t need the explanation

I don’t know what compels filmmakers to create origin stories for well-known villains. Storytelling 101 for evil-doers says that if you don’t know why they’re so ...

‘Gone Girl’ fun and unpredictable

Adapted from a popular novel by Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl” paints a devastating portrait of marriage so heightened by drama and intrigue that it borders on satire at ti ...

‘The Equalizer’ straight-forward and entertaining

Reuniting with Antoine Fuqua, the director who guided him to an Oscar in “Training Day;” Denzel Washington’s attempt to strike a similar chord falls short, alb ...

‘The Maze Runner’ has a good future

When it comes to young adult literature, not every film adaptation is created equal. For every “Harry Potter” or “The Hunger Games,” there is an “Era ...

‘No Good Deed’ needs a hook

If you’ve seen one home-invasion thriller, chances are you know exactly how “No Good Deed” will play out before the opening credits roll. The film stars Idris El ...

As Above, So Below

Since the genre’s popularization with “The Blair Witch Project” in 1999, found-footage movies have rarely lived up to their promise and present a wide variety of ...

‘Sin City’ has seen better days

When “Sin City” arrived in 2005, the hyper-stylized pulp noir felt fresh and it gave viewers a different take on comic-book adaptations. Nine years later, “Sin C ...

‘The Expendables 3’ turns around the series

The latest installment of Sylvester Stallone’s geri-action series, “The Expendables 3,” greatly improves on the two terrible films that came before it but the fil ...