| Jun 27, 2013
** (out of four)
A by-the-book FBI agent. An all-over-the-place cop. Imagine the sparks that will fly if they become partners!
Actually, you don’t have to imagine. You’ve seen this dynamic in practically every buddy cop movie ever, just...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:41 PM
The "Hangover" movies, even the third one no one defends, barely qualify as comedies in the traditional sense. They're more like grimy action pictures with a joke or two tossed in to avoid the charge of false labeling. Their ugliness of spirit compounds a...
| Aug 12, 2013
In "Prince Avalanche," an artsy loner (Paul Rudd) and an immature doofus (Emile Hirsch) work together to repair roads in the middle of nowhere. Adapted from an Icelandic film, it's a slow and funny drama that director David Gordon Green says splits the...
| Aug 15, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
No, “Jobs” doesn’t reach the heights of “The Social Network.” Few movies do.
Yet this biopic delivers a powerful lesson via an OK movie: That people can change the world if they don’t let others...
| Sep 9, 2013
Some six months before the Oscars, nomination forecasters have already asked “Short Term 12” star Brie Larson if she’s picked out her dress.
“I’ve already picked out my wedding dress,” the actress deadpans about the...
| May 9, 2013
| 1:52 PM
For the last nine seasons Craig Robinson has played Darryl, one of the most understated characters on TV. "The Office" may be closing out its ninth and final season next week, but Robinson's profile is about to increase exponentially. He has three...
| Jun 6, 2013
** (out of four)
Even without James Franco and Danny McBride threatening to ejaculate all over each other, “This is the End” would be an aggressive, misguided demonstration of self-love.
A comedy in which Franco, McBride, Seth Rogen, Jay...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:18 AM
Natasha Leggero somehow went from being the target of death threats to the envy of the comedy community in a span of a few days.
The Rockford-born comedian came under fire when she referenced SpaghettiOs' controversial Pearl Harbor tweet during NBC's...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 10:00 PM
That "whoosh" you heard Sunday night during the Academy Awards telecast was me breathing a sigh of relief.
Good judgment prevailed and "12 Years a Slave" deservedly won the Best Picture Oscar over a lousy script hidden behind amazing visuals ("Gravity")...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:40 PM
Jonah Hill had an unremarkable Oscar Sunday. Perhaps you heard: He won nothing; he did nothing. He woke up early and drove to a Starbucks in the suburbs outside Naperville, where he bought a coffee, then he drove home and shoveled the snow from his...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:20 AM
More grating than peppy, the Manhattan-set romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment" proceeds as a series of awkward moments in search of a premise and a protagonist a little less stupid.
Zac Efron bed-hops around as writer-director Tom Gormican's narrator/...