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Review: Emperor

Yes, Tommy Lee Jones plays the "supreme commander" of the US forces in this historical drama from Peter Webber ( Girl with a Pearl Earring ) that takes place after the Japanese surrender in World War II, and the Oscar winner puts in another towering performance.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 12, 2013


Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi nearly overcomes the unenviable burden of revisiting a classic by delivering dazzling footage, but not so the performances.
By: JORDAN RIEFE  |  March 07, 2013


Review: 21 And Over

As one of the Asian stereotypes in this hit-or-(mostly)-miss comedy from writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore says, "Fuck kids these days. Every one of you is drunk, stupid, and fat."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 05, 2013


Review: The Last Exorcism Part II

Now that the shaky-cam nonsense has been left behind, what remains are textureless, overlit, sub-TV-quality visuals that only accentuate the fact that our protagonist, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), is at least a decade older than the 17-year-old exorcised sect-escapee that she's playing.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 06, 2013


Review: Jack The Giant Slayer

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a farm boy dreams of adventure, finds it, and falls in love with a princess along the way. (For everyone's sake, let's just hope she's not his sister.)
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 06, 2013


Review: Dead Man Down

Following the stunning success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev makes his English-language bow with this bleak film noir that values character over tension.
By: JORDAN RIEFE  |  March 08, 2013


Review: Phantom

Simultaneously bizarre and banal, director Todd Robinson's military procedural seems designed to please no one.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 27, 2013


Review: Snitch

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson idles through this Ric Roman Waugh–directed action thriller as John Matthews, a construction company owner who infiltrates a cartel to persuade the DEA to set free his wrongly imprisoned son.
By: SCOTT SUGARMAN  |  February 27, 2013


Review: The Sweeney

No single subgenre is as tired as "loose-cannon cop breaks the rules to bring down a band of ruthless criminals."
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 27, 2013


Review: Identity Thief

Seth Gordon directs this funny, though formulaic, mismatched-duo comedy in which Jason Bateman's straight-laced family man must nab Melissa McCarthy, the identity thief who has ruined his credit, and haul her from Florida to Denver for prosecution.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 20, 2013


Review: Safe Haven

Somewhere along the way Nicholas Sparks went from being just a bestselling author of preachy schmaltz to a full-on franchise (he produces the movies of his books).
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 14, 2013


Review: A Good Day To Die Hard

A Good Day To Die Hard is a movie for people who like blowin' stuff up, evidently a favorite pastime of director John Moore, whose action scenes make about as much sense as his script, which was likely written on a cocktail napkin.
By: JORDAN RIEFE  |  February 15, 2013


Review: Beautiful Creatures

Mis spelled
Throughout his adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's YA novel, Richard Lagravenese drops the names of books that would have provided a more rewarding way of spending a couple of hours than watching this movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2013


Review: Bullet To The Head

Veteran director Walter Hill's return to the screen looks, sounds, and feels like an '80s action movie beefed-up for modern audiences with heaping helpings of messy blood squibs.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  February 05, 2013


Review: Side Effects

Placebo effect
Ironically, the filmmaker who started his career with sex, lies, and videotape , a film boosting female sexuality and empowerment, now ends it with a so-so thriller that resorts to the same old misogyny.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 08, 2013


Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

From the occult-infested mind of Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola comes another craptastic orgy of gore — one that's way better than it has any right to be.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  January 30, 2013


Review: Movie 43

Don't subject yourself to this crap, which is credited to nine writers and 12 directors, among them Farrelly, Steven Brill (the auteur behind Adam Sandler's Little Nicky ), Steve Carr ( Paul Blart: Mall Cop ), and (sigh) Brett Ratner.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 30, 2013


Review: Stand Up Guys

Has Al Pacino ever looked so small?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 30, 2013


Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Dark passage
Densely detailed, superbly shot and acted, illuminating and thrilling, it is the best film of 2012.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 09, 2013


Review: Not Fade Away

Fade to Black
Can a movie be intimate and rock-and-roll at the same time?
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  January 02, 2013
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