| Aug 19, 2013
Wondering how her life would change because of “Divergent,” Shailene Woodley reached out to “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence. Lily Collins, whose starring role in “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Taken from a graphic novel, "2 Guns" has this much in common with Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine": They're both about characters hung out to dry. Also, the stars in both films lend panache and a sense of purpose to familiar-seeming material. Beyond that...
| Aug 1, 2013
*** (out of four)
Easily underestimated, "2 Guns" actually contains about 15 times more guns and roughly that many laughs. If somehow you've never admitted that Mark Wahlberg's hilarious, you're going to have to give in: He's having a blast in "2 Guns"...
| Dec 20, 2007
In case you even have to ask, the awards race is still wide open.
The Screen Actors Guild jumped right into this wild, wild awards season by anointing Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" as the actors' front-runner with four nominations.
That means the film got...
| Jan 12, 2012
Playing a reformed cargo smuggler sucked back into the game, Mark Wahlberg is the star of "Contraband," a fairly entertaining remake of the 2008 Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam." And a reliable star he is. Audiences develop relationships with...
| 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...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 6:16 AM
Shortly before he taped “Conan” at the Chicago Theatre Tuesday and impersonated Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Andy Samberg, sitting at a small, cloth-covered table in the middle of a window-less room in the Peninsula hotel, recalled his first late night...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 9:45 PM
Having thoroughly subverted the sitcom formula on TV, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane targets bigscreen romantic comedies with "Ted," a predictably irreverent satire that's sweeter and, sadly, less funny than you might expect. Mark Wahlberg plays...
| Jun 28, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Early on in “Ted,” the titular walking, talking teddy bear (voiced by director/co-writer Seth MacFarlane) watches “Jack and Jill” with four prostitutes at his side. Ted, who possesses a large sex drive for a...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 9:30 AM
Like "The Hangover"and its sequel, "Ted"is a bully of a comedy but a bully with just enough calculated heart to make it a hit. It plays like a movie tryout for a TV series, specifically a Seth MacFarlane series, which means a high quotient of...
| Jan 30, 2013
In the style of many, many closing moments of "Entourage" episodes, let us raise a glass/bottle/any container containing an alcoholic beverage: The initially great, then good, then progressively disappointing HBO series has received the official green...