| Jul 12, 2013
| 9:38 AM
Tommy Lee Jones' performance as Gen. Douglas MacArthur - complete with pipe and sunglasses - is this drama's true spark, but much of the focus is on one of the military legend's aides, a general (Matthew Fox, "Lost") tasked with deciding whether Japan's...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 2:13 PM
The big-budget "World War Z" (directed by Marc Forster from Max Brooks's novel) is first and foremost an old-fashioned zombie movie. It makes no rotting bones about it. In the 45 years since George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" — whose...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 1:11 PM
After Morgan Freeman's two turns as James Patterson's psychology-driven police detective, Tyler Perry - in a rare-for-him situation as an actor for hire, without also writing and directing - has the title role in this grim melodrama.
Cross mulls a big...
| Dec 20, 2012
*** (out of four)
Before learning about the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I already was disturbed by a scene of “Jack Reacher” in which a sniper sets up five seemingly random people in his sights before killing them. The world only grows more...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 6:47 PM
It is something Fortville Officer Matthew Fox thinks about every day. Fox was ambushed in late July. Twelve shots were fired, Fox was hit and could have died.
"It is always on my mind, it will never go away," said Fox. "I think about it a lot quite...
| Oct 18, 2012
Not that we needed it, and pardon the trace elements of contempt regarding the familiarity of this particular narrative hook, but: Yet another serial killer movie hits theaters this week.
In "Alex Cross," Tyler Perry, way, way out of his signature drag...
| 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...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 10:49 AM
The best-selling novels by James Patterson are back on the big screen; and they got Tyler Perry to take off the wig.
It’s a buddy cop flick, with a serial killer that has more twitches than any killer you may have ever seen on screen. It probably...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 2:59 PM
With "Paranormal Activity 4" expected to dominate the box office this weekend, Tyler Perry may be haunted by his decision to star in "Alex Cross."
The fourth installment in the popular horror franchise will easily claim No. 1, debuting with around $50...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 2:46 PM
"Alex Cross" (PG-13). A serial killer pushes a detective/psychologist for the Detroit Police Department (Tyler Perry) to the edge. With Edward Burns, Matthew Fox, Jean Reno, Carmen Ejogo, Cicely Tyson, Rachel Nichols and Werner Daehn....
| Oct 25, 2012
| 7:05 PM
The essence of enjoying a scary movie is that we can hit our target heart rate while enjoying large quantities of snacks. Cardio and candy — a win-win.
I was predisposed to find "Paranormal Activity 4" a total waste of time, aside from my...