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The Review Is In

The funniest movie of the year? Chris Rock finally hits it out of the park with brilliant Top Five

By Alex Bentley

Great serious comedies — an oxymoronic term, perhaps — are in short supply. Most comedies either try to appeal to the lowest common denominator or aim high and fall short of their goals ...


Wannabe Prestige Film

Funny man's Oscar-caliber acting and Olympic intrigue can't redeem sullen Foxcatcher

By Alex Bentley

Making a great movie is never easy. Multiple factors — from the acting to the directing to the editing to the soundtrack — have to come together to form a cohesive, memorable whole. Mos ...


The Science of Love

Love triumphs over science in Oscar-bound movie about Stephen Hawking's amazing life

By Alex Bentley

Stephen Hawking, who has developed scientific theories that boggle the imagination, would be an impressive individual based solely on his intelligence. But when you also consider that he’s do ...


Hunger Games Revolution

Calm before the storm: Mockingjay - Part 1 sets up final Hunger Games battle just right

By Alex Bentley

Splitting the final film of a popular book-turned-movie series into two parts is all the rage these days, as the makers of the Harry Potter, Twilight and now The Hunger Games series have all opted ...


Movie Magic

Penguins of Madagascar is a legitimately badass (and scary) kids movie

By Alex Bentley

For years, the comedy sidekicks in animated films were just that: Funny diversions in movies that focused on other characters. But sensing an opportunity to wring even more money out of their franc ...


Off the Edge

Best movie of the year? Weird and wild Birdman takes the high wire to thrill and greatness

By Alex Bentley

There are some films that defy classification, ones that don't conform to any preconceived notion of what a film should be despite having much in common with their predecessors. Birdman or (The ...


Movie Complexity

Sprawling McConaughey space movie reaches for new heights but falls short of the stars

By Alex Bentley

Director Christopher Nolan has never been the type to take it easy on anyone who watches his movies. From his early works like Following and Memento all the way through his Dark Knight trilogy, Nol ...


Baymax to the Rescue

An animated Marvel: Big Hero 6 combines sweetness and strength to top Interstellar at box office

By Alex Bentley

Since Marvel Entertainment merged with Disney back in 2009, the production of films based on Marvel characters has shifted into overdrive. Given Disney’s history, it was only a matter of time ...


The Review Is In

New Oscar favorite: Jake Gyllenhaal makes creepy sing in astonishing Nightcrawler

By Alex Bentley

With both of his parents, not to mention his sister, involved in filmmaking, Jake Gyllenhaal has every reason to live off his name and make easy, unremarkable movies. Instead, except for a couple o ...


Jazzed-Up Oscar Contender

Best film of the year? Gut-wrenching Whiplash is a jazzed-up Oscar contender

By Alex Bentley

Jazz is probably not high on many people’s lists when it comes to interesting topics for a movie, but in the hands of writer/director Damien Chazelle, it is the impetus for one of the most in ...


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