John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in “Love is Strange”. Photo: Sony Pictures

Review: Moving Out and Moving On

Love is Strange: What makes the film valuable is watching John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.


James Franco and Seth Rogen in “The Interview”. Photo: Sony Pictures

Just Release The Interview on VOD

It’s 2014, movies don’t have to be shown in theaters. This has gone too far.


Emily Mortimer, Jeff Daniels, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and John Gallagher, Jr. in “The Newsroom”. Photo: HBO

Quick Take: Media Madness

The Newsroom: Witty and engaging, with a very dedicated cast (including Jane Fonda in a returning guest spot), but uneven. 


“Penguins of Madagascar”. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Quick Take: International Birds of Mystery

Penguins of Madagascar: Amusing voice work, but the story is idiotic (with a very weird villain).

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Margaret O’Brien and Judy Garland in “Meet Me in St. Louis”. Photo: MGM

24 Best Christmas Movies, Part 3:4

Two weeks into December, here’s the next bunch on my list.


Michael Keaton in “Birdman”. Photo: Fox Searchlight

Review: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

Birdman: Funny, crazy and dark – it’s all true for the film, and Michael Keaton’s performance.


Ian McKellen and Luke Evans in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”. Photo: MGM

Quick Take: War, What is It Good For?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Often brilliantly executed in 3D, there’s still a certain sense of emptiness lingering.