| Oct 17, 2012
| 11:30 AM
I am afflicted with a persistent sexual fantasy that I'd rather not have. In recent years, I have developed a slightly unhinged attraction to Republicans. I'm your typical college-educated, urban-elitist lefty. I want saved whales, married gays and...
| Jun 20, 2012
Given the chance to shoot a bow and arrow alongside “Brave” director Mark Andrews and producer Katherine Sarafian, I completely humiliated them.
No, no I didn’t. The 43-year-old, Bay Area-based folks behind Pixar’s latest animated...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:41 PM
LOS ANGELES — On a late February morning in the editing suite of Judd Apatow's multi-level West Los Angeles headquarters, the writer-director and editor Brent White were playing back scenes from Apatow's new comedy, “This Is 40.”...
| Mar 20, 2012
The guy looks more like an Abercrombie model than an actor, probably because he used to be an Abercrombie model.
In interviews, his laugh frequently turns into a giggle, like he’s unconcerned about possessing the protective coating of his more...
| Feb 21, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
In the imaginary, low-budget moviemaking handbook, there are 10 chapters on stories about money-starved small towns and resourceful kids forced to confront their positions without a reliable parent for support.
| Mar 7, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
Truth: My lifelong Cubs fandom doesn't make me biased against “Don't Stop Believin',” a documentary about the new-ish frontman for massive ’80s rock band Journey, whose iconic song became the theme for the 2005...
| Apr 25, 2013
0.5 stars (out of four)
A comedy that provokes only sadness, “The Big Wedding” features several stars that a casting agent would hire if trying to exact revenge on me personally. So no, I didn't go into “The Big Wedding” expecting...
| Apr 25, 2013
The diversions in the ensemble comedy "The Big Wedding" (that title flat enough for you?) are strictly actor-related, which is usually the case at the movies. For example, the way Diane Keaton selects an asparagus spear at a country club buffet while...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:48 AM
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow, and all that, but "The Nut Job" didn't work out that way. This 3-D animation job, a co-production of South Korea's Redrover Co. and the Canadian outfit ToonBox Entertainment, generates such little interest in the fates...
| May 8, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Films about drug addiction tend to have a punishing quality. Even the good ones. I'm thinking of "Drugstore Cowboy" and "Requiem For a Dream," "Trainspotting" and "The Man with the Golden Arm." Full-blown drug addiction is bleak. Why would an honest movie...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 8:54 AM
The agreeable romantic-comedy critique "They Came Together" is occasionally very funny, and moderately funny the rest of the time. In mathematical terms that adds up to pretty funny or "funny enough."
Director David Wain has worked in genre spoofs and...