Movie reviews for the weekend


  • Naughty 'Neighbors' a good mix of the silly and sweet
    Naughty 'Neighbors' a good mix of the silly and sweet

    The outrageous new movie "Neighbors" is filled with the perverse pleasure of watching the R-rated growing pains of Generation Next — including the young and restless comedy players in Hollywood responsible for it. Reality bites everyone eventually, so welcome to the neighborhood.

  • Jon Favreau's 'Chef' has all the ingredients for a hit
    Jon Favreau's 'Chef' has all the ingredients for a hit

    Writer-director-star Jon Favreau cooks up tureens of fun and charm in "Chef," a welcome return to his more intimate, indie film roots ("Swingers," "Made") after helming such mega-budget pictures as "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys &...

  • 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return' lacks brains, heart, nerve
    'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return' lacks brains, heart, nerve

    "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" picks up where L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (and Victor Fleming's 1939 live-action adaptation "The Wizard of Oz") left off. But the new 3-D animation feels like a formulaic knockoff of the original,...

  • Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' conjures restless, unformed youth
    Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' conjures restless, unformed youth

    Written and directed by Gia Coppola, "Palo Alto" is adapted from a collection of short stories by James Franco and conjures a delicate, very specific sense of middle-class adolescence, the indeterminate, nascent feelings of the teenage years. Small moments can feel epic in scale, such...

  • 'Now: In the Wings on a World Stage' shows romance of theater
    'Now: In the Wings on a World Stage' shows romance of theater

    As much as theater and film have in common, and that's a lot, their core differences can be formidable. A film is the same every time you see it, while "the thrill of theater," says Sam Mendes, who has worked in both arenas, "is the fact that it's alive, happening...

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