“Intern” Delivers Exactly What You Expect

I knew exactly what to expect with Nancy Myers’ The Intern and while there can be some comfort in having your expectations met (the idea they might be exceeded should never enter your mind with a movie of this sort), I couldn’t help but hope for some out of left field spanner to be thrown into the works of this gentle, predictable production.

Schwarzenegger, Breslin Strive to Bring Life to “Maggie”

Since giving up on California politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen has failed to generate the sort of box office success his earlier work had.  Cameos in Sylvester Stallone’s geriatric action franchise The Expendables and features such as The Last Stand and Escape Plan failed to break any new ground where his pe

Branagh, James Mine Magic in “Cinderella”

Do we really need another version of Cinderella?

Plenty of snubs and surprises in 2015 Oscar nominations

It’s an annual rite in Hollywood.

Franco Shines in Lackluster “Interview”

All that trouble for this…

Rock Goes for Broke with Top Five

Building awareness about a mid-budget film is a tricky thing in today’s Hollywood (upsetting a nation leading to a cyber-attack that puts your own country on high alert is one such method…but I digress). Often publicity departments err in generating hype so large that the film in question can’t live up to it.

Witherspoon and Vallee Fully Invest in Powerful "Wild"

There are many ways that Jean-Marie Vallee’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild could have gone wrong.  A story anchored more by internal struggles than external conflict this is the sort of insular story that’s often difficult to present in a film with directors often falling back on melodramatic methods when all else fails.

“Before” not as clever as it needs to be

I’ve often wondered why directors attempt to follow in the steps of Alfred Hitchcock.  Having nearly singlehandedly created the paranoid thriller, modern filmmakers unwisely invite comparisons to the master’s work and they usually come out on the losing end, unable to build the sort of suspense or use the kind of intelligence found in such films as “Notorious,” “Rope” or “Psycho.” Rowan Jo

Gyllenhaal Continues to Impress in Nightcrawler

Having lost 30 pounds before filming Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal has a reptilian appearance in the film.  It suits his character well as Lou Bloom is as coldblooded as they come.  A product of the alienating factors that are part-and-parcel of big cities, he’s fallen victim to his own worse qualities, becoming a sociopath, unable to function in the company of o

"Ouija" reveals nothing new

It isn’t that Ouija, the latest property from Hasbro Toys, after G.I.