| Feb 7, 2013
*** (out of four)
For anyone who struggles to focus their attention on a movie—that should include all 23 people who saw Al Pacino in last week's embarrassing “Stand Up Guys”—“Side Effects” is just what the doctor...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 10:48 AM
A former Blackberry addict, actor Mark Wahlberg looks at my phone and mentions he just bought his first iPhone 5.
"I like it a lot, but I’m still trying to figure it all out," he says from a suite at Setai, a posh hotel in South Beach.
| Jan 16, 2013
In the political thriller “Broken City,” Mark Wahlberg plays an underdog—not exactly something new for the Oscar-nominated actor (“The Departed”) when you recall “Boogie Nights,” “Invincible,” “...
| Jan 17, 2013
** (out of four)
There’s no need to compare other corruption stories to “Broken City” because the new movie from director Allen Hughes (his first without brother and fellow “Menace II Society” director Albert) nods to all of...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 12:06 PM
In "Broken City," a Manhattan-set drama likely to appeal to those who enjoyed the more elegantly plotted machinations of "Arbitrage," the scenes between Russell Crowe as a powerful New York City mayor and Jeffrey Wright as the equally powerful police...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 7:45 PM
"Playing for Keeps" employs every cliché in the PG-13 romantic comedy playbook. But the comedy is in short supply as the laughs prove to be few and far between. The end result is a big, steaming bowl of romantic mush with little connection to the...
| Dec 6, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
Poor James Tupper. He played the hero’s ex’s new/inevitably doomed guy in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” and now again in “Playing For Keeps,” which is approximately the same movie. Just with hot...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 12:51 PM
Hunky actor Gerard Butler was in Miami Monday as part of a press stop for his new movie, "Playing For Keeps." The romantic comedy - out Dec. 7 - also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid and Jessica Biel.
Butler, a notorious playboy...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 12:59 PM
New York is the city in question, depicted as a dark-spirited metropolis full of double-crossings, in director Albert Hughes' drama. Russell Crowe plays the mayor, who maneuvers an ex-cop (Mark Wahlberg) into investigating the supposedly unfaithful wife...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 10:49 AM
A soundtrack of rock-music standards remains at the heart of this stage hit as director Adam Shankman ("Hairspray") brings it to the screen. Also somewhat standard is its main plot of a small-town girl ("Dancing With the Stars" veteran Julianne Hough) and...
| Jun 24, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Philip Dawkins' ambitious, substantial and deeply impressive new play, "The Homosexuals," begins with a disaster: Catherine Zeta-Jones winning the Tony Award.
"For singing," spits out Peter, one of the group of gay Chicagoans whom this play follows...