‘Wish I Was Here’ not all there

Director Zach Braff has a thing for indie music. He populated his 2004 film “Garden State” with hipster-cred pieces, and his new movie “Wish I Was Here” (Rated R; 106 Min.) demonstrates that preference a little too well. The soundtrack’s first ... Continue Reading →

‘Begin Again’ renews the summer movie

The music movie is dead. At least it was, until about a week ago. It seemed as if after June’s “Jersey Boys” Broadway-turned-movie dud Hollywood was a far cry from the Academy Award winning music biopics earlier in the ‘00s, films like “Ray” ... Continue Reading →

Planet of the apes never transcends monkey business

This summer has been full of ridiculous images on screen. Magneto dropping a baseball stadium on the White House in “X-Men.” An alien vessel dropping a ship on Optimus Prime in “Transformers.” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Rated PG-13; ... Continue Reading →

‘Chef’ sizzles with delicious passion

It’d be easy to say Jon Favreau’s new film looks great because of the gratuitous images of delicious-looking food. Favreau certainly could have relied on the food in “Chef” (Rated R; 114 Min.) to propel him forward without a solid story. Some ... Continue Reading →

The ‘Fault’ is in the script, not the ‘Stars’

It was the famed comedian Bill Cosby who said, “If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” That’s what writer John Green did when he wrote 2012’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” the blockbuster book which follows two teens, ... Continue Reading →

‘Spider-Man’ not ‘Amazing,’ but Sony shows improvement

When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise just a few years after “Spider-Man 3,” the move reeked of desperation. And desperate it was. Sony wanted to hold on to the rights lest they revert to Marvel. Thus the muddled, ... Continue Reading →

‘Spider-Man’ not ‘Amazing’ but working on it

When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise just a few years after “Spider-Man 3,” the move reeked of desperation. And desperate it was. Sony wanted to hold on to the rights lest they revert to Marvel. Thus the muddled, ... Continue Reading →

‘Heaven’ has high drama, low payoff

For all the big questions director Randall Wallace’s “Heaven is for Real” (Rated PG; 100 Min.) asks about the afterlife, too many are answered with a shrug. But it’s not for lack of trying — at least not on the actors’ parts. Wallace, the ... Continue Reading →

Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’ earns his degree

Graduation isn’t just for college and high school seniors. It’s also for Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister. Pfister is well known for his work on Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception,” which ... Continue Reading →
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Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’ earns his degree

Graduation isn’t just for college and high school seniors across the country. It’s also for Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister. Pfister is well known for his work on Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” ... Continue Reading →

‘Draft Day’ as indecisive as Reitman

In football, being a bandwagon fan is a cardinal sin. Jumping from one team to another because of their record is considered wishy-washy.Director Ivan Reitman coaches “Draft Day” in a manner as wishy-washy as a Jets fan suddenly rooting for Seattle. ... Continue Reading →

‘Draft Day’ as indecisive as Reitman

In football, being a bandwagon fan is a cardinal sin. Jumping from one team to another because of their record is considered wishy-washy. Director Ivan Reitman coaches “Draft Day” in a manner as wishy-washy as a Jets fan suddenly rooting for Seattle. ... Continue Reading →

Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ come out well

It’s not until a chipper spelling-bee competitor named Chaitanya Chopra drops the F-bomb upon an adult’s request that it becomes clear newly minted director Jason Bateman knows how to push the right buttons. Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words” ... Continue Reading →
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“Winter Soldier” a solid, if bloated, sequel

In the newest sub-installment of Disney’s multi-billion dollar “Avengers” franchise “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Rated PG-13; 136 Min.) a superb Robert Redford utters the line “Sometimes building a new world means tearing the old ... Continue Reading →

Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ floats as art

    At first glance, director Darren Aronofsky’s retelling of “Noah” (Rated PG-13; 138 Min.) looks like a Ridley Scott epic, in the same vein as 2010’s “Robin Hood.” But when giant stone monsters begin talking to Noah, Aronofsky’s ... Continue Reading →
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