| May 7, 2014
| 10:00 PM
* (out of four)
If you still want to see the PG-rated “Moms’ Night Out” after learning that it includes a tattoo parlor manager named Bones (played by country singer Trace Adkins) offering God-focused parenting advice in a prison...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:20 PM
"Ernest & Celestine," the charming French-Belgium animated film and Oscar contender, is about a bear and a mouse whose artistic tendencies are forever getting them into trouble. Marked as outsiders by their respective societies, an unlikely friendship...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 12:35 PM
The gradual narrative unspooling of "Who Took Johnny," the true-crime documentary about a 12-year-old Iowa boy who has been missing since 1982, is extremely canny. The film doesn't deviate from the standard format — a collage of archival footage and...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 10:00 PM
There was a point in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where I decided that the movie could do no wrong. The film had already established the relationship between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Antony Mackie) rather effortlessly in the...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Kurtwood Smith turned the image of the sitcom dad on its ear in the raucous Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" as Red Forman, the tough-nosed war vet father of Eric (Topher Grace).
Red was the antithesis of such sweater-clad warm-and-fuzzy TV dads as Ozzie...
| May 1, 2014
| 6:00 PM
By what measure can a showbiz lifer who never had a mainstream hit claim success? That's the unanswered question in Kiki Melendez's "Journey of a Female Comic," which is billed as a "docu-comedy" but is closer to a video scrapbook of an obscure comedian's...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 12:05 AM
Conviction is the word that keeps coming to mind in watching "Heaven Is for Real," the latest faith-based film to debut this Passover-Easter season.
It is there in Todd Burpo's story of his 4-year-old son's near-death experience, which the Nebraska...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 8:10 AM
We bring to the movies whatever childhoods we had, and whatever television we watched to keep real life at bay, one half-hour at a time.
The frantic, occasionally funny new animated feature "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is a 3-D big-screen version of a...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Melvin Mar's entrée to Hollywood was far from glamorous. As an unpaid intern for "Platoon" producer Arnold Kopelson, Mar was responsible for fetching his boss' lunch of matzo ball soup every day.
Mar calculated to the minute how long it would take to...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Imagine if you crossed “Romeo and Juliet” with “Bonnie and Clyde” in a French cartoon starring a penniless bear and a precocious mouse. No, that’s not a kids’ fever dream—that’s an elevator-pitch summary...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 12:21 PM
Earlier this month Steven Spielberg expressed strong interest in remaking "West Side Story," and my first thought (via Twitter) was a quick gut reaction: Why not "Gypsy" instead?
I've been second-guessing that tweet ever since. So many major Broadway...