| Dec 22, 2011
| 8:16 AM
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
To put it bluntly, this movie kicks butt. Director David Fincher orchestrates a stark but enthralling adaptation of the first novel in late author Stieg Larsson’s trilogy. Its harsh emotional...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 8:38 AM
Last week I wondered if we really needed "Sherlock Holmes" at the movies when we already have "House" on TV.
This week, I question the necessity of a fourth "Mission Impossible" movie when we already have 22 James Bond movies with a 23rd on its way next...
| Jan 5, 2012
Michelle Williams. Elizabeth Olsen. Adepero Oduye?
Yep, the star of “Pariah,” who doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, has joined those big names as a nominee for best female lead actress at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. Oduye,...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 8:38 PM
Steven Spielberg made his first big splash in the churning waters of action films with "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1981.
Thirty years later, he recreates the same high energy and wild escapades in "The Adventures of Tintin." The title character is a...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 9:05 AM
War Horse (PG-13)
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
It's hard to determine the target audience for War Horse, the new film by Steven Spielberg. A children's novel about a storied horse that survives trench warfare in World War I, the tale has also...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 12:13 PM
"Taken 2" will hold its rivals hostage at this box office this weekend, as the kidnapping thriller is expected to claim the No. 1 spot at the multiplex.
The action film starring Liam Neeson will likely debut with an excellent sum of between $45 million...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 2:14 PM
Two new movies are out about growing up and finding acceptance — a broad comedy ("Pitch Perfect") and moving drama ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower").
"Pitch Perfect" mixes gleeful musical numbers with raunchy campus antics. Freshman Becca (Anna...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 2:06 PM
I want to start by saying that I wasn't a fan of 2009's "Taken." I found it routine and unengaging. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that I am not the audience for this past weekend's "Taken 2." Having said that, even if you were a fan of the...
| Oct 11, 2012
*** (out of four)
It’s not easy to make a reality-based, political, action-comedy that stretches from Tinseltown to Tehran and covers everything from Hollywood satire to public hangings.
In his first directorial effort not set in Boston, Ben...
| Oct 16, 2012
To bond as married alcoholics for the Sundance hit “Smashed,” co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, appropriately, went out and got drunk.
“I don’t know what I really learned about myself from that particular night...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 9:42 AM
Laguna Beach resident and director Rob Hedden traded his seaside town for the tropical island of Hawaii for his latest film, "You May Not Kiss the Bride."
The independent film may have only had a $7-million budget but that didn't keep big names from...
| Oct 18, 2012
The first clue that Stephen Fung's "Tai Chi Zero" is not your usual kung-fu kickfest is when our hero -- Yang Lu Chan (Yuan Xiaochao) -- is introduced on a 19th century Chinese battlefield to the strains of heavy metal. And then, for several minutes...