Hearst Newspapers

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Love the Coopers (2015) Walter V. Addiego It's part sitcom and part soap opera that pokes mild fun at the season but has a wide sentimental streak. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3/4 Elemental (2012) Walter V. Addiego Elemental stands out from the perpetual flow of eco-documentaries by at least glancing at some of the personal issues and professional setbacks faced by the activists it portrays. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/4 This Is the End (2013) Mick LaSalle Though This Is the End drags slightly here and there, the filmmakers keep it interesting by making the personal relationships dynamic, and the movie redeems all that is self-referential and self-congratulatory about it with a warmth of spirit. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/4 Man of Steel (2013) Mick LaSalle If Man of Steel is Snyder at his most conventional, he's still more inspired and innovative than his competition. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/4 The East (2013) Mick LaSalle As is often the case with people who become major stars, [Marling] seems as if she has always been there. She's new and yet familiar, as if we've known her all along. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2013
2/4 The Kings of Summer (2013) Mick LaSalle Once they go into the woods, the movie becomes as interesting as watching kids hang around and play with sticks. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 Love Is All You Need (2012) Mick LaSalle The middle-aged romance between the central characters is a lovely thing, and that makes up for everything. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/4 Before Midnight (2013) Mick LaSalle Before Midnight is fascinating to watch, and so long as Celine and Jesse are communicating, there's still hope. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 The Purge (2013) Peter Hartlaub The blunt instrument plot allows for a few sneaky moments of satire and social commentary lite. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
The Internship (2013) Mick LaSalle The Internship just might be the saddest movie of 2013. That few will realize this makes it even sadder. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 Wish You Were Here (2012) Peter Hartlaub Wish You Were Here is an excellent idea for a State Department video, to remind travelers the obvious things not to do when visiting an unfamiliar country. As a drama, it feels a little empty. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/4 Fill the Void (2012) Walter V. Addiego "Fill the Void," a compelling and skillfully made domestic drama, is a rarity, a film that's both set within, and emerges from, a devoutly religious world. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2013
What Maisie Knew (2012) Mick LaSalle It's a study of human nature, not at its worst, but at its most typically pathetic, and it goes to show that the more things don't change, the more they stay lousy. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2013
3/4 Sightseers (2012) Walter V. Addiego A British black comedy made in the spirit of "let's run with this demented premise till the tank is empty." EDIT
Posted May 31, 2013
After Earth (2013) Mick LaSalle M. Night Shyamalan is branching out, coming up with new ways to make bad movies. His plan must be to exhaust all possibilities, so as to eventually come full circle and make a good one by accident. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2013
Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Mick LaSalle Sometimes Fast & Furious 6 is engrossing, sometimes absurd, and some of the action is so outlandish it makes the audience laugh. But whatever it is, it's always some variety of fun. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2013
3/4 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Mick LaSalle The film is, for whatever else it might be, one of the funniest of the Star Trek entries. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2013