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Movie Escapism

Teen Wolf co-star breaks out in suspenseful The Maze Runner, but the ending is weak

By Alex Bentley

Here’s the problem with the rise in popularity of turning young adult books into films: They all start running together. With all of the main characters either living in some kind of dystopia ...


A Real Desperate Housewife

Almost unrecognizable Eva Longoria springs big surprise in drama about illegal immigration

By Alex Bentley

There are few new ideas in filmmaking these days, so a movie is often judged not by its originality but by how well it executes a familiar story. That’s certainly the case with Frontera, a fi ...


Strange Love

Strange love: The One I Love takes romance to new dimension in quirky comedy

By Alex Bentley

Movies about romantic relationships have tried all sorts of tricks to try and distinguish themselves from others in the overcrowded genre. The One I Love is the latest to try something special, uti ...


The Review Is In

If I Stay's unrealistic teens and cliches bomb, but the music — oh, that music — saves the movie

By Alex Bentley

The 2014 summer season has already seen one highly anticipated film based on a sad-but-uplifting young adult book, The Fault in Our Stars. But there’s always room for another, a void now bein ...


Film Food for Thought

Hundred-Foot Journey serves up delectable food porn — and charming Mirren

By Alex Bentley

Adapting a book into a film can be a thankless job. Not only must you attempt to please fans of the book — who want every tiny detail put up on screen — but you also have to consider th ...


The Review Is In

Woody Allen's new movie is airheaded: Magic in the Moonlight no masterpiece, but Emma Stone shines

By Alex Bentley

Anybody who’s seen, say, at least five Woody Allen movies — a fraction of what he’s made during the last 40 or so years — knows that almost all of his films feel similar. Yo ...


The Review Is In

Sexy action star Scarlett Johansson can't save Lucy: Absurd premise annoys any average human brain

By Alex Bentley

Most movies require that viewers suspend their disbelief at least a little in order to properly enjoy the stories they have to tell. However, the latest from writer/director Luc Besson, Lucy, uses ...


Kickstarter Film Fail

Can we get our money back? Zach Braff's Kickstarter film fails to deliver

By Alex Bentley

Zach Braff touched a lot of hearts, including mine, with his self-assured directorial debut, 2004’s Garden State. So much so that thousands of people dug into their own pockets to help financ ...


Don't Miss Masterpiece

The first great movie of the year: Texas director's Boyhood is a don't-miss masterpiece

By Alex Bentley

There have been some audacious experiments in the history of cinema, but none quite like Richard Linklater’s latest, Boyhood. For 12 years, Linklater has been making a movie about a boy growi ...


Movie Time

The best Planet of the Apes movie ever? Dawn emerges as summer's rare worthy blockbuster

By Alex Bentley

In a time when most action movies seem to have no heart, soul or intelligence, leave it to the one that features talking apes as its central characters to show everybody else how it’s done. ...


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