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Movie Reviews

Read the latest film reviews, the most recent releases at the top.

  • 'Paper Towns' review: John Hughes would approve

    'Paper Towns' review: John Hughes would approve

    There's something incredibly satisfying about a well-executed high school film that hits all the right John Hughes-inspired sweet spots. "Paper Towns," adapted from a novel by "The Fault in Our Stars" writer John Green, does just that, with a twist. Concerned with the miracles, myths and mysteries...

  • 'Southpaw' review: Jake Gyllenhaal's boxer fights through shameless cliches

    'Southpaw' review: Jake Gyllenhaal's boxer fights through shameless cliches

    A flurry of haymakers in the form of boxing movie cliches, "Southpaw" was conceived as a loose remake of "The Champ" — Wallace Beery in 1931, Jon Voight in 1979 — tailored for Marshall Mathers, also known as Eminem. The rage-iest rap star on the planet took the initial meetings with director Antoine...

  • 'Pixels' review: Supporting cast, effects help gaming movie

    "Let the nerds take over." This is an official order handed down by President Cooper (Kevin James) during an alien invasion in which earth is being attacked by extraterrestrial life in the form of 1980s arcade games. In "Pixels," directed by Chris Columbus, the 40-something self-described losers...

  • 'The Little Death' review: Fetish fables

    'The Little Death' review: Fetish fables

    I come to praise the portmanteau.

  • 'Unexpected' review: Baby boom

    'Unexpected' review: Baby boom

    Passing through security one morning on the way to her Chicago Public Schools classroom, the high school science teacher played by Cobie Smulders in Kris Swanberg's "Unexpected" has a distracted quality in her eyes.

  • 'Trainwreck' review: Amy Schumer keeps the laughs rolling

    'Trainwreck' review: Amy Schumer keeps the laughs rolling

    If you've seen "Spy" with Melissa McCarthy, you're already aware that the movie nails its first big laugh — the sneezing-assassin joke — within moments of the opening credits. Even if you know it's coming, the timing is just right. And right away you think: There. Thank you. These people know what...

  • 'Ant-Man' review: A little hero and a lot to like

    'Ant-Man' review: A little hero and a lot to like

    "Ant-Man" has been skittering around the development corridors of Hollywood so long, the earliest unproduced screenplays about the tiny superhero actually preceded the Disney film "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." That was another age (1989), decades before our present Age of Ultron — an epoch of expensive...

  • 'Mr. Holmes' review: Game's no longer afoot for frail, aged Sherlock

    'Mr. Holmes' review: Game's no longer afoot for frail, aged Sherlock

    With Robert Downey Jr. making him a skull-cracking action hero, and Benedict Cumberbatch making him a high-functioning sociopath, what sort of Sherlock Holmes yarn can add fresh story material? How about Ian McKellen playing the immortal character as we've never seen him before?

  • 'Infinitely Polar Bear' review: Struggles of a bipolar father

    'Infinitely Polar Bear' review: Struggles of a bipolar father

    How much funny goes with the crazy? Facile as it sounds, this is the question guiding the efforts of a considerable number of writer-directors over the years, as they have brought family stories (often autobiographical) involving some form of mental illness to the screen.

  • 'Terminator Genisys' review: Rooting for the apocalypse

    'Terminator Genisys' review: Rooting for the apocalypse

    Humanity gets a do-over in "Terminator Genisys," the fifth in the franchise begun in 1984 with "The Terminator." But this screwy revision of the previous "Terminator" movies is so muddled and yakky, you may find yourself rooting for the apocalypse. At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger is thrown through...

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