While it’s not a perfect adaptation, newcomers and fans alike should come away feeling happy ever after
- By Alonso Duralde on December 12, 2014 @ 10:00 am
The laughs are consistent in this controversial political comedy, but the storytelling feels far too meandering and sloppy
- By Alonso Duralde on December 12, 2014 @ 6:00 am
“Secret of the Tomb” tries for “Toy Story 3″ levels of emotion, but the signs at this “Museum” might as well read “Do Not Be...
- By Alonso Duralde on December 5, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Three or four decent scares can’t justify the crushing monotony of this horror flick about archaeologists who go barking up the wrong sarcophagus
- By Alonso Duralde on December 2, 2014 @ 4:09 pm
The actress shows new layers and vulnerability in a film that’s more than just “Eat Pray Love for 127 Hours”
- By Alonso Duralde on December 1, 2014 @ 6:00 am
History writ large by a crack team of craftspersons, the results are more awe-inspiring than moving, but the true story of Louis Zamperini definitely makes...
‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Review: Christian Bale Makes a Stiff White Moses in Ridley Scott’s Stolid EpicBy Alonso Duralde on November 29, 2014 @ 6:00 am
It’s the kind of Biblical saga where the actors with the most lines have the most jars of bronzer in their makeup trailer
Sketch comic turned director turned EGOT, he had the kind of career — and life — that could only happen in the 20th century
- By Alonso Duralde on November 14, 2014 @ 4:16 pm
Former child star makes a Sunday school movie that attempts to reclaim Christmas’ pagan and secular roots, but did it have to be so crushingly...
- By Alonso Duralde on November 13, 2014 @ 3:56 pm
This tale of an imprisoned journalist suffers from a muddled narrative, though Gael García Bernal is a fine actor
- By Alonso Duralde on November 11, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Remake lacks the 1974 version’s bleak power, but a powerful ensemble (including Jessica Lange and John Goodman) makes up for a disappointing lead performance
- By Alonso Duralde on November 10, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
Politics prove to be just as deadly as the Hunger Games when the rebels of District 13 challenge the ruthless exploiters of The Capitol
- By Alonso Duralde on November 7, 2014 @ 10:11 am
Gangsters meet cinema buffs — violently — in this deliriously over-the-top comedy
‘A Most Violent Year’ Review: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac Chase the American Dream, by Hook or by CrookBy Alonso Duralde on November 6, 2014 @ 9:14 pm
With his third feature film, J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call,” “All Is Lost”) firmly plants himself among this generation’s great filmmakers
- By Alonso Duralde on November 5, 2014 @ 1:18 pm
The late comedy legend winds up stuck with a screenplay full of coal, as are Joel McHale, Candice Bergen, Oliver Platt, Lauren Graham and Wendi...
- By Alonso Duralde on October 30, 2014 @ 11:46 am
Horror director Alexandre Aja juggles fantasy, comedy, mystery, romance and drama, rarely dropping any of his spinning plates
‘Interstellar’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Sci-Fi Epic Launches Perfectly, Crumbles Upon Landing (Video)By Alonso Duralde on October 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am
The universe-spanning saga — starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain — is challenging, provocative, and gorgeous. Until it isn’t
- By Alonso Duralde on October 24, 2014 @ 2:06 pm
“Female U.S. soldier bonds with Guantanamo Bay detainee” works as a pitch, but it’s never successfully fleshed out as a story
- By Alonso Duralde on October 23, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
You know Snowden’s story, but the secrecy involved in telling it is as suspenseful as the ramifications of his revelations are terrifying
- By Alonso Duralde on October 23, 2014 @ 12:34 pm
Bleakly funny and emotionally gutting, this import might make an even more prickly date-night movie than “Gone Girl”
- By Alonso Duralde on October 23, 2014 @ 9:00 am
There’s no taking this witchboard business seriously for a second, but as PG-13 fright flicks for tweens go, signs point to a few decent scares...
- By Alonso Duralde on October 23, 2014 @ 6:00 am
Yes, it’s a super-team origin story, but one told with wit, style and human feeling
- By Alonso Duralde on October 16, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
The blisteringly funny new feature from writer-director Alex Ross Perry pulls no punches in its portrayal of obnoxious authors and the suffering women they leave...
- By Alonso Duralde on October 11, 2014 @ 6:00 am
Vibrant animated tale — featuring the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum — celebrates remembering the dead but also living life to...
- By Alonso Duralde on October 10, 2014 @ 11:30 am
Miles Teller’s young drummer is driven to greatness or madness — or maybe both — in Damien Chazelle’s Sundance hit
- By Alonso Duralde on October 10, 2014 @ 6:29 am
This cloying film costarring Melissa McCarthy should have “FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION” stamped on every frame
‘Alexander…Very Bad Day’ Review: Steve Carell Steers This Blandly Sweet, Chaos-Deficient Family Comedy (Video)
This tame farce needs a lot more mishaps to merit all those titular adjectives
Though slightly overstuffed, this British comedy-drama has the stirring power of a protest anthem — and it’s funny, too
Suspense and intrigue are replaced with sanctimony and cliché in this unsatisfying portrait of a reporter
‘Reclaim’ Review: Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre Are Fooled Twice, and Then Some, in Island ThrillerBy Alonso Duralde on September 20, 2014 @ 11:08 am
But heroes do win back some audience goodwill in a suspenseful sequence that’s a literal cliff-hanger