Need for Speed provides a smooth ride with Aaron Paul, but lacks top-end velocity
For a videogame adaptation, Need for Speed is fantastic.
Cement Suitcase brings the Yakima Valley to life with a laugh
We Washingtonians, even over here in Spokane, don't give much thought to the Yakima Valley.
300: Rise of the Empire makes bloody combat feel bloodless
Early in 300: Rise of an Empire, a spirited "debate" breaks out in the middle of the Athenian Senate.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an animated film, but it's sophisticated
He's the other bow tie-wearing time traveler, predating even the original 1960s incarnation of Doctor Who.
The slam dunks, outside chances and everything else you'll see on Oscar night
Over the years, I've written long and often about my evolving relationship with the Academy Awards, but that relationship can safely be summarized as follows: The Oscars and I agree to disagree about what they mean.
In his final film, anime master Hayao Miyazaki offers a convoluted story
If you want to be a fair, reliable film critic, you've got to go in each time, mind open, past prejudices forgotten, ready to approach each film as a new experience.
Director Paul W.S. Anderson struggles with volcanic ancient Rome
You have to give Paul W.S. Anderson credit for this much: he’s an equal-opportunity ogler.
Two documentaries give us a look into interesting lives
Two short documentaries, each of which runs about 40 minutes, are included in this program, and each of these films introduces us to a memorable character.
After 27 years, Robocop gets an update
The Oscar-nominated short documentaries tug at emotions
The three Oscar-nominated short films grouped in this program tell remarkable stories of how very different people react to oppression.
Clooney assembles one of the best casts in recent memory for The Monuments Men
Is The Monuments Men — a film, based on a book, based on a real story — actually telling us the truth?
Ten years later, Mean Girls still teaches kids a lesson (with a laugh)
You might be hard-pressed to remember, but there was a time when Tina Fey wasn’t a household name.
Labor Day teaches us that you might just fall in love with a kidnapper
Tom Clancy's most famous character continues, somewhat blandly
Not all ticking clocks are made equal.
The movies you'll be waiting for in 2014
You may find this hard to believe, but there are a few films opening in 2014 that are not sequels, not remakes, not reboots and not based on stage shows, the Bible (there's more than one of these coming our way), young-adult novels, comic books, cartoons, or — someone make it stop — toy lines.
Ride Along is not the best example of the cop buddy flick
This rote buddy-cop action comedy is instantly forgettable.