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Ride Along Is Just Another Cop Comedy, But the Joke Is on the Audience Ride Along
Ice cube plays a nobly abusive police officer — for laughs.
, January 16, 2014
'You are the man?" a crook asks Ice Cube as the cop comedy Ride Along opens. "I am the man!" Cube insists. You can't blame him for being... More>>
Wes Craven: I Always Encouraged Robert Englund to Make Freddy Krueger His Own Wes Craven: I Always Encouraged Robert Englund to Make Freddy Krueger His Own
, January 16, 2014
Despite some reluctance, Wes Craven is a name-brand filmmaker. The phrase "Wes Craven Presents" comes with certain expectations thanks to the... More>>
A Found-Footage Attempt at Rosemary's Baby in Devil's Due A Found-Footage Attempt at Rosemary's Baby in Devil's Due
, January 16, 2014
In Devil's Due, co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (V/H/S) and first-time screenwriter Lindsay Devlin offer an uninspired... More>>
Lone Survivor Shows Our Boys Suffering but Doesn't Ask Why Lone Survivor
Peter Berg's latest ia a jingoistic snuff film.
, January 09, 2014
Here's a movie that'll flop in Kabul. Lone Survivor, the latest by Battleship director Peter Berg, is a jingoistic snuff film about a Navy SEAL... More>>
Interview: Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis Interview: Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis
, January 09, 2014
Three types of artists hinge on authenticity: punk bands, folk singers, and rappers. Actors, like Oscar Isaac, are by definition phonies. But the... More>>
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Is Business as Paranormal, but Meaner and Outside the Suburbs Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
, January 09, 2014
Rosemary's Baby notwithstanding, it's usually only white suburban people who fall prey to movie ghosts and demons -- they're always the ones... More>>
Skip the Script and Double-Down on the Beefcakery in The Legend of Hercules The Legend of Hercules
, January 09, 2014
January! Just the time to snuggle up with a 3D sword-and-pectoral extravaganza. And although some of its more imaginative plot details would make... More>>
Movies 2014: The Spectacular Next – Ten Movies to See in 2014 Movies 2014: The Spectacular Next – Ten Movies to See in 2014
The films you won't want to miss.
, January 02, 2014
As awards season draws nearer and best-of-the-year lists keep rolling in, there's only one thing left to do: get excited about what comes next.... More>>
Community Returns — and Feels Like Community Again Community Returns — and Feels Like Community Again
, January 02, 2014
Community returns for season 5 on January 2 with a two-episode block that plants its feet on the study room table and regrounds the characters... More>>
Movies 2014: The Most Anticipated Non-Sequels of 2014 Movies 2014: The Most Anticipated Non-Sequels of 2014
Checking out the notable stand-alones hitting the theaters.
, January 02, 2014
While 2015 may eventually reap more buzz, thanks to the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the first-ever George Lucas-less Star Wars... More>>
Movies 2014: Why You Should Be Excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movies 2014: Why You Should Be Excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The new Planet of the Apes franchise returns in 2014, and once again, humans are not the stars of the show.
, January 02, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a movie that shouldn't exist. The original Planet of the Apes film is a solid movie with an ending that's so... More>>
Steel-True Will Leave You Wanting More Barbara Stanwyck, Even After 1,000 pages Steel-True Will Leave You Wanting More Barbara Stanwyck, Even After 1,000 pages
A thrilling look at one star's rise.
, January 02, 2014
When Peter Guralnick released Last Train to Memphis, the first half of his superb two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, some people must have... More>>
Stuntwoman Zoë Bell on the hard, satisfying work of ass-kicking Stuntwoman Zoë Bell on the hard, satisfying work of ass-kicking
, January 02, 2014
New Zealand stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoë Bell is fully aware of her unique position as an action star that also does her own stunts. After... More>>
Who Is Kickstarter For, Anyway? Who Is Kickstarter For, Anyway?
ndie directors weigh in — and the site responds
, January 02, 2014
So many ideas in our country begin with the best of intentions and end up completely corrupted. From Lindsay Lohan’s acting career to the... More>>
Martin Scorsese Attacks Excess With Excess in The Wolf of Wall Street The Wolf of Wall Street
The film is neither tragic nor tragically funny.
, December 26, 2013
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is the kind of movie directors make when they wield money, power and a not inconsiderable degree of... More>>
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Is a Clown's Stab at a Masterpiece The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty is an uplifting crowd-pleaser.
, December 26, 2013
In the 20 years since Reality Bites, his directorial debut, Ben Stiller has metastasized from sketch-comedy lunatic to Generation X darling to... More>>
De Niro and Stallone Team Up to Beat Down Your Memories of Better Movies Grudge Match
The Raging Bull takes on Rocky, but the end result is drab and plodding.
, December 26, 2013
The surprise in Grudge Match, the not-quite-a-comedy that pits Rocky Balboa against Raging Bull, isn't that it has the chutzpah to posit a... More>>
The Year in Movies 2013: Joaquin Phoenix Returns and the Films of the Year The Year in Movies 2013: Joaquin Phoenix Returns and the Films of the Year
We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.
, December 19, 2013
Want to see the list of the 10 best movies that screened in Houston this year? Check out The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston... More>>
Ron Burgundy Is Back, and Anchorman 2 Is Best When It Is Absurd Ron Burgundy Is Back, and Anchorman 2 Is Best When It Is Absurd
The Anchorman saga's secret? Will Ferrell's generosity.
, December 19, 2013
The audience that shows up for a comedy is the most tyrannical of all. Their very presence is the equivalent of a schoolyard bully's challenge:... More>>
The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston Style The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston Style
The best movies this year that you had a chance to see.
, December 19, 2013
The problem with these annual "best of" lists is one of volume: There are just so many of them that it renders much of their findings... More>>
Like a Sleek New Phone, Her Still Strains to Connect Like a Sleek New Phone, Her Still Strains to Connect
The film tries to be direct, but is just maddeningly coy.
, December 19, 2013
The terrible reality of modern life is that even beautiful young people on a first date can't go a whole evening without checking their phones.... More>>
Madea vs. Christmas, Logic and Larry the Cable Guy Madea vs. Christmas, Logic and Larry the Cable Guy
, December 19, 2013
Someday there will be a serious academic study on Tyler Perry, the battered and sexually abused child who legally changed his first name at 16 to... More>>
Hurt Like the Dickens Hurt Like the Dickens
How Ralph Fiennes brought his marvelous Invisible Woman to the screen.
, December 19, 2013
If you’re a person alive in this age, Ralph Fiennes has at some point probably made you hate him. As the Nazi Amon Goeth in 1993’s... More>>
Five of the Year's Best Films -- That You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now Five of the Year's Best Films -- That You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now
, December 19, 2013
For professional film critics, you'll notice, the year in film tends to conclude prematurely. Those "Best Of" lists you see popping up everywhere... More>>
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Is Everything the Last One Wasn't The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.
, December 12, 2013
Elves snore, it turns out. Their maidens make teensy-peen jokes and pine for the hottest of dwarves. And Bilbo Baggins, so concerned about his... More>>
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