| Feb 11, 2014
| 10:11 AM
Intriguingly ambiguous in its rooting interests, the "RoboCop" remake doesn't really believe its own poster. The tagline "Crime has a new enemy" suggests little more than point and shoot — the same old cyborg song and dance. While nobody'd be dumb...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 7:57 AM
The various young blood suckers of "Vampire Academy" belong to warring clans, with a royal family, "guardians" of those royals, silver daggers they use to kill each other and varying degrees of sensitivity to the harsh light of day.
And just in case...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:51 AM
Early, bloggy reviews of "Ride Along" have rolled in this week with phrases such as "perfectly acceptable" and "been-there-done-that," suggesting the likely range of opinion. It'll probably be a hit: Audiences are getting precisely what they're promised....
| Jan 8, 2014
| 5:06 PM
There's plenty of R-rated language among the locker rooms, sidelines and offices of the testosterone-fueled NFL, but a new film immersed in that world, "Draft Day," has pulled off a PG-13 rating.
The upcoming football flick directed by Ivan Reitman and ...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:21 AM
One year and several hundred films later, I confess my mind isn't over-full of vivid memories of director Peter Jackson's first "Hobbit." It did the job, in its leisurely, fill-out-the-trilogy fashion, albeit looking like clinically detailed crud when...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:30 PM
When President Obama spoke on the campus of DreamWorks Animation last month, his only note of admonishment to Hollywood came when he mentioned gun violence, in which he said that "we have got to make sure we are not glorifying it."
He mentioned that in...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Researchers have discovered that the amount of gun violence in some PG-13 movies is now greater than in R-rated films.
PG-13 movies are “the ones that target children, and the violence that is shown contains guns,” according to Brad Bushman,...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 1:22 PM
Movies aimed at teenagers now include more scenes of gun violence than films made for adults, new research shows.
In 2012, box office hits that received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Assn. of America contained an average of more than 2.5...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 8:34 AM
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In ‘Big-screen blind spot,’ we sit down with those ‘classic’ movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment.
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:50 PM
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, ‘‘Ender’s Game’’ frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth&...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:36 PM
If "The Sopranos" had ended with Tony turning informant and being whisked away into the witness protection program, "The Family" could have been a big-screen sequel to the TV show. As the movie opens, Giovanni Monzani...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:05 PM
If "The Conjuring" and "Insidious" director James Wan ever made a romantic comedy, one imagines he'd still set it in a creaky old two-story with dark corners and foreboding armoires. For his latest hauntfest "Insidious: Chapter 2," we're back with the...