Movie Reviews

  • 11:05am Apr 24, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Tom Cruise's Latest Headed For 'Oblivion'

    Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adventure, starring Tom Cruise, is the most incoherent piece of storytelling since John Travolta's Battlefield Earth. It had critic David Edelstein crying, "What? What?" over the din of the explosions.
  • Veteran magician Ricky Jay reveals much about himself in a new documentary on his life of deception. His card-trick techniques? That may be another story.
    Kino Lorber
    8:37pm Apr 17, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Digging Into Ricky Jay's 'Deceptive' Card Tricks

    It's been said that to properly understand a magician, you have to get right on stage and watch how the act is done. NPR's Bob Mondello had that chance once with card whiz Ricky Jay — subject of the new film Deceptive Practice — and has a few words about how the showman works.
  • Shaz (Toni Collette), a hotheaded stranger new to the Australian town of Dolphin Heads, becomes the unlikely answer to a local politician's problems when she steps in to nanny his children.
    Dada Films
    2:39pm Apr 09, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Going 'Mental' And Enjoying The Ride

    P.J. Hogan's new movie is madder than madcap, a zany, nonconformist boundary-pusher whose offbeat manner makes for a rich and grounded film. Toni Collette plays the part of a modern-day Maria von Trapp as if she has nothing to lose — and Anthony LaPaglia shows his true Aussie accent.
  • 9:14am Apr 09, 2013

    'Trance': Not Danny Boyle's Best Work

    Director Danny Boyle is best known for the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire. His latest film is called Trance. Critic Kenneth Turan says the film's overall coldness means there isn't anybody you care to identify with or any outcome you want to see.
  • Rodney Ascher, director of the experimental documentary Room 237, leads an exploration of differing interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's classic horror film The Shining.
    IFC Midnight
    2:05pm Mar 29, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Hunting For Secrets In 'The Shining's' Room 237

    A new documentary looks at obsessive fans of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. These fanatics look for hidden meanings in the movie, and while some of their theories sound outrageous, it's too simple to call such thinking deranged.
  • 11:14am Mar 29, 2013

    Movie Review: 'Gimme The Loot'

    Gimme The Loot is a new independent film that's had a charmed life, including winning the best narrative prize at South by Southwest and an appearance at Cannes. The comedy is written and director by Adam Leon.
  • James Franco stars as the Wizard of Oz before the Wizard meets Dorothy in Oz the Great and Powerful.
    Walt Disney Pictures
    1:34pm Mar 08, 2013
    Arts Arts

    'Oz': Neither Great Nor Powerful

    There are three reasons to see this prequel to the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz: the trio of witches played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. But James Franco, who stars as the wizard-in-the-making, disappoints — and the film as a whole is a bit snoozy.