| Dec 30, 2011
| 6:02 PM
Structurally, Roman Polanski's “Carnage” hearkens back to his first feature, “Knife in the Water” (1962). “When a handful of people are stuck in a confined space, the layers of civilized social convention are peeled away,...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 7:11 PM
"The Darkest Hour" is the latest film to focus on the invasion of Earth by aliens from outer space.
The strange invaders are without any solid form. They appear as shape-shifting units of powerful glowing energy. They float down from the sky looking very...
| Jan 12, 2012
Filming a play usually means making it less hermetic by "opening up the action," allowing the characters to take their dialogue for a walk, or a drive — something conventionally cinematic.
"Carnage" has no time for those diversionary tactics. Taken...
| Oct 18, 2012
Zero stars (out of four)
Without referencing early 1990s rappers Kris Kross, I see no way to write a less-menacing tagline than the one on the poster for “Alex Cross”: “Don’t ever cross Alex Cross.”
This thriller plays like...
| Nov 1, 2012
*** (out of four)
Anyone who has ever possessed a weakness for candy and/or video games will want to jump inside “Wreck-It Ralph,” a sweet, colorful 3-D animated feature that finds Disney passing its stuck-in-a-rut partners at Pixar (“...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 9:32 AM
BURBANK, Calif. — It was when he cast Bowser, the fire-breathing turtle from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. games, that Rich Moore first grasped the magnitude of the job he was undertaking.
“That was the huge one,” he said at Walt...
| May 17, 2012
| 5:40 AM
The Dictator” does for “Sacha Baron Cohen” what “The Love Guru” did for Mike Myers: Reveal that this sharp, revered comedian with an uncanny ear for absurdist humor is a mere mortal...
| May 18, 2012
| 1:49 PM
Sacha Baron Cohen's central shtick — semi-documentary episodes in which he entraps real people — has always, by its nature, had a built-in self-destruct mechanism. The more famous he becomes, the less likely that anyone will fall for his...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 9:59 AM
"Wreck-It Ralph," the exhaustingly dazzling new Walt Disney Animation Studios feature, qualifies as the most manic baby sitter in town, clever and detailed in its kaleidoscopic depiction of the private lives, seething resentments and yearning dreams of...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 8:44 AM
I’m never thrilled when attending animated films. Often times they’re like Shrek or the last one I saw – Brave. Great graphics, great voices, weak story and ultimately a kids movie. Imagine my surprise when I brought my friends kids to...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 9:38 AM
"Argo" (R). In 1979, after Iranian revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans trapped. With Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin. TownMall Cinemas (1:00,...