Movie Review: The Gunman

Sean Penn is a sniper working for a mercenary group in Africa. He assassinates a government official and must go into hiding, leaving behind his girlfriend (Jasmine Trinca) to be scooped up by fellow merc Javier Bardem. Years later, he’s back in Africa under a different name working for a humanitarian organization when a handful [...] ...more

Movie Review: Birdman

We haven’t heard much from Michael Keaton as of late, but he has resurfaced in one of the most noteworthy films of the year. It’s the perfect vehicle for the actor as he stars as Riggan, an actor who walked away from the superhero franchise “Birdman” and fell into relative obscurity. Sound familiar? ...more

Movie Review: Gone Girl

When Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller “Gone Girl” hit the bookshelves, it was a given that the story would quickly head to Hollywood. Flynn’s character driven narrative is a twisty, pitch-black read that constantly keeps you guessing as to where it’s going. It’s stupendously well written, and now its movie counterpart is one of the most [...] ...more

Movie Review: Get On Up

Get On Up does two things magnificently well, and they’re related: It conveys the batshit craziness of both James Brown and Little Richard, which is quite a feat and aided in no small part from Chadwick Boseman as Brown and Brandon Mychal Smith as Richard. The two give performances so captivating that it’s worth seeing [...] ...more

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is the summer blockbuster I’ve been waiting for for longer than I can remember. The usual adjectives of effusive praise are appropriate: funny, clever, touching, and, of course, fun. While Marvel Studios has certainly found the formula for successful films, they’ve been progressively more and more serious and, worse, self-important ....more

Movie Review: Boyhood

Richard Linklater has been a groundbreaker in filmmaking for over a decade. From Dazed and Confused to Waking Life...more

Documentary Review: ‘Life Itself’

Ebert would have loved this: It does not gloss over major events that tarnish his star – his alcoholism, his pettiness, even his face. This is not simply a chronicle of the critic’s final few months, rather it’s an overview of his life, aptly so, I suppose, as it’s adapted, in part, from Ebert’s memoir [...] ...more

Movie Review: Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Legends of Oz doesn’t inspire much in a cogent metaphor or witty comparison. For anyone who remembers, and you probably shouldn’t because that’s the idea, this is the cinematic equivalent of the animated series Undergrads: The animation is drab, the humor aspires to only a few chuckles, and the characters are defined by tics. Add [...] ...more

Movie Review: Brick Mansions

For a movie that makes mention, nearly every five minutes or so, that this is Detroit, it seems odd that they would offer almost no evidence beyond cars. The Metropolitan? No, you silly bastards, the paper of Detroit is the Free Press ....more

Movie Review: Non-Stop

Liam Neeson is Bill Marks, a U.S. Federal air marshal with the obligatory checkered past and a delightful host of vices. Midway through a trans-Atlantic flight he receives a text message from an untraceable number that claims in 20 minutes someone on the plane will die…unless a $150 million is deposited into a special account. [...] ...more