Movie studios scramble to have big-name stars headline their films, but in many of my favorite movies, food is the star. Few things are better than pairing a foodie film with a great meal so we can enjoy ourselves just as much as the folks onscreen are enjoying their own aliments. In this series, we ... More >>
The film on the momentous event fails to rise to the occasion.
Whodunit in the thriller John Dies at the End? The '90s.
Rock of Ages posits Tom Cruise as a hair-metal god and hair metal as something un-awful.
The Ides of March stars George Clooney and Ryan Gosling; George Clooney directs. The Setup: George Clooney just took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in The Descendants, so expect to see lots of coverage of him as the Oscars approach. This review, just to be clear ... More >>
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
The movies are full of bed-hopping men -- think of Humphrey Bogart's serial flirtations in The Big Sleep (1946), and Richard Roundtree laying his way uptown and down in Shaft (1971). But in Steve McQueen's Shame, slated to open in Houston December 16, womanizing is not just an outgrowth of the plot ... More >>
This week, as Christmas movies began their assault on cable and network television, it occurred to us that in the past decade or so, holiday film tastes have begun to veer from lighthearted feelgood affairs and straight into stress-filled, caustic celebrations of the things we will all hate for the ... More >>
Alexander Payne's pessimism is good for business.
Intrigue drowns out argument in political thriller.
Note: Pop Rocks will return next week. Labor Day has come and gone, which means the official start of the fall movie season is just around the corner. In fact, two of the more anticipated releases of latter 2011 -- Warrior and Contagion -- come out tomorrow. After what has been widely rega ... More >>
Robb Walsh blogged about food and sex in movies, and Katharine Shilcutt provided us with the ten most disturbing food-related scenes in horror flicks. And while a picture (or some footage) is worth a thousand words, sometimes a passing reference to food and drink in film can be just as rich. Here a ... More >>
The Hangover Part II: Didn't we already see this movie?
Paul Giamatti's wit is the heart of Cold Souls.
The Bourne Comedian
Vince Vaughn tries to attract a different set of underage babies with Fred Claus
Shoot 'Em Up proves that its star could have been a killer Bond
Life as a young, hot, white, educated nanny in the city sure is a drag
Eerie melodrama explores the dark arts in turn-of-the-century Vienna
Boy turns bug in redemptive kiddie-lit adaptation
M. Night Shyamalan steps up the lunacy with Lady in the Water
With Cinderella Man, Ron Howard finally scores a knockout
In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, '05 may be a pleasant surprise.
Like Big Fish for little kids, Robots works hard to please everyone
Which wine will you be serving at your Oscar party?
Remembering the movies that heated up cinemas this year
In a year when small movies came up big, picking the best was a Payne
A bitter wine freak makes an adorable hero in Alexander Payne's Sideways
In a year of big-screen sadness, our critics comfort those who triumphed
A real comic book hero comes to life in American Splendor
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies requires a brain cell or two?
Edward Burns rounds up the all-stars for a Confidence game
Storytelling ups the ante on Solondz's bluster of sex, rage and insanity
Tim Burton monkeys around with the original Planet of the Apes, but is it evolution?
Carrey craftily channels Kaufman, but is the late comedian worthy of a lofty bio-pic?
The Negotiator surrenders to a silly plot
Howard Stern shows off his Private Parts, and they're really quite nice