In “Nebraska,” Bruce Dern is an old coot on a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a sweepstakes prize. Director Alexander Payne covered similar territory with Jack Nicholson in “About Schmidt.” Sadly, Bruce Dern is no Jack Nicholson.
In the annals of beloved Disney animated tales, “Frozen” is second rate all the way.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has such a murderer’s row of talent, and it has created such a bizarrely coiffed future world, that I was willing to forgive it its ham-fisted transgressions.
The Cantankerous Critic reviews ‘The Book Thief’
Captain Phillips has a lot going for it, but it nearly capsizes at its climax, by not trusting history to be compelling enough.
Our Cantankerous Critic reviews “Gravity.”
Some sequels rise from the natural desire to continue a story, others exist merely for commercial reasons to wring a few more dollars out of parents’ pocketbooks.
In “Rush,” director Ron Howard tries to capture what’s intoxicating about racing and he succeeds, up to a point.
I expected a simplistic revenge thriller and got instead a morally conflicted drama, full of a couple rich characters and unexpected depth.
Robert De Niro underwhelms in “The Family,” a supposed comedy about mob figures abroad, says CBS 2′s Michael Walters.
If I had to describe “Getaway” in one word that word would be DUMB. This movie makes the Fast and Furious films seem like Shakespeare by comparison.
The film mostly stays deep in Jobs’ past, hopscotching along major milestones in his and Apple Computers’ rise, while doing little to tie them together.
The social commentary gets a little heavy-handed at times, and subtlety is definitely not this movie’s strong suit, but Matt Damon still delivers the goods.
It has the sensibilities of a horny 15-year-old, with a one-track mind, and no discernible sense of humor.
It really does feel like we’re watching a hero going on a quest, instead of an actor being shuttled from one expensive special effects set piece to another.
“The Wolverine” takes America’s favorite ill-tempered mutton-chopped mutant to Japan to slice and dice with ninjas, but the results aren’t nearly as satisfying as they should be.
The Lone Ranger gets off to a pretty good start with a genuinely exciting runaway train and it ends spectacularly with a thrilling shootout aboard two high speed iron horses set to the William Tell Overture.
Melissa McCarthy is a force of nature- A typhoon of energy that spares nothing in her pursuit of a laugh, but she always emerges with her dignity intact.
“World War Z” is a thoroughly conventional and forgettable zombie movie. To the filmmakers, that must feel like one heck of an accomplishment after what was by all accounts a cursed and tortured shoot.
Since Superman’s last two big screen creations were such disappointments, you can’t blame director Zach Snyder for starting all over again. And in “Man Of Steel,” the fresh approach works — kind of.