Movie Reviews

Read the latest film reviews, the most recent releases at the top.

  • Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'
    Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'

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  • Review: 'The Theory of Everything'
    Review: 'The Theory of Everything'

    Relationally, you can't entirely trust what you're seeing in "The Theory of Everything," the romanticized portrait of astrophysicist superstar Stephen Hawking and his many years spent with his first wife, Jane Hawking. Yet biopics are funny this way: Even satisfying ones can fudge and elide and...

  • Review: 'Dumb and Dumber To'
    Review: 'Dumb and Dumber To'

    Twenty years after they permanently lowered the bar on broad and dumb character comedies, Lloyd and Harry are back, "Dumb and Dumber" than ever in "Dumb and Dumber To."

  • Review: 'Rosewater'
    Review: 'Rosewater'

    How many casual American moviegoers would be interested in "Rosewater" if an unknown Jon had written and directed it, instead of Jon Stewart, famous "Daily Show" host and first-time feature filmmaker?

  • 'Beyond the Lights' is showcase for Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    'Beyond the Lights' is showcase for Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    From the writer-director of the beloved "Love & Basketball," Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond the Lights" seems like it will follow the tried-and-true celebrity-and-commoner formula seen in "The Bodyguard" and "Notting Hill."

  • Review: 'Birdman' ★★★
    Review: 'Birdman' ★★★

    "Birdman" proves that a movie — the grabbiest, most kinetic film ever made about putting on a play — can soar on the wings of its own technical prowess, even as the banality of its ideas threatens to drag it back down to earth.

  • Review: 'Big Hero 6'
    Review: 'Big Hero 6'

    In "Big Hero 6" we have a robot considerably more beguiling than his movie. Yet there's enough visual invention afoot, and enough spirited interplay among the human characters, to keep things bobbing along.

  • Review: 'Whiplash' ★★★★
    Review: 'Whiplash' ★★★★

    Whatever the ripping melodrama "Whiplash" says about artistic torment, or the price of ambition, or mentor/student relationships from hell or thereabouts, it's too busy providing serious excitement — both as an actors showcase and a confirmation of writer-director Damien Chazelle's...

  • Review: 'Laggies'
    Review: 'Laggies'

    In "Laggies," Keira Knightley tries on a generic American dialect. Based on the results, the actress defines that as "nasal, and how!"

  • Review: 'Interstellar'
    Review: 'Interstellar'

    A knockout one minute, a punch-drunk crazy film the next, "Interstellar" is a highly stimulating mess. Emotionally it's also a mess, and that's what makes it worth its 165 minutes — minutes made possible by co-writer and director Christopher Nolan's prior global success with his brooding,...