July 19, 2013 Three horror flicks — Grabbers, Evidence and The Conjuring — add up to a case study in why an original concept isn't always what makes a good movie.
July 19, 2013 Let us not pretend that this is a straight-up review of a movie about a racing snail. Because that would just be silly.
July 19, 2013 Two new documentaries are making headlines. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish centers on the whale that killed a trainer before an Orlando SeaWorld audience in 2010. The Act of Killing by human rights researcher Josh Oppenheimer, looks at the mass executions of communists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
July 18, 2013 A new Kristen Wiig vehicle is a likable but warmed-over comedy about reconnecting with the whack-job family you thought was holding you back. Critic Ella Taylor says Wiig's characterization of the title character is a whit too familiar to be much of a win.
July 18, 2013 Mumblecore purveyor Andrew Bujalski dives into the world of early computer nerddom with Computer Chess, a quirky, grungy, formally playful comedy about man vs. machine — with a late-breaking twist. (Recommended)
July 18, 2013 Blackfish is a polemical documentary structured like the "psychological thriller" its distributor markets it as — an impassioned argument that marine mammals like the orca Tilikum are tragically ill-served by their treatment at SeaWorld and other theme parks.
July 12, 2013 Michael Cera anchors Sebastian Silva's off-kilter road-trip drama, playing a disagreeable American at loose ends in Chile. Gaby Hoffmann is the free spirit whose influence may change him for the better — if he's willing. (Recommended)
July 12, 2013 An indie drama chronicles the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police in a New Year's Eve incident that shocked the nation. The film doesn't offer any shatteringly new observations on the case itself — though the story is plenty shattering enough on its own. (Recommended)
July 12, 2013 Finally, a summer event movie that feels like summer! Critic Ian Buckwalter says Guillermo del Toro gets the balance of high stakes and sly humor just right in Pacific Rim, his big-budget homage to the kaiju stories that brought us Godzilla and his ilk.
July 11, 2013 Privacy? You don't have any. And Terms and Conditions May Apply argues that you pretty much agreed it should be that way. Cullen Hoback's documentary outlines how the rise of digital culture — and our cheerful participation in it — have spelled an end to the notion of "that's personal."
July 11, 2013 Grown Ups 2, the latest from Hollywood's simmeringly hostile man-child, is a series of riffs, skits and sight gags without much — aside from a low-comedy fascination with excreta and flatulence — to string them together.
July 11, 2013 Argentine movies can come knee-deep in grit, but director Matias Piñeiro tackles heady themes with a surprisingly casual attitude in Viola — a Shakespeare-inspired romance in which each deep emotion is paired with a shrug of the shoulders and a cheeky smile. (Recommended)