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Down for the Count

Southpaw lacks punch, even Jake Gyllenhaal can't save this film from the ropes

By Alex Bentley

Aside from a couple of clunkers in 2010 – cough, Prince of Persia, cough, Love & Other Drugs – Jake Gyllenhaal has been on quite a roll since earning his first Oscar nomination for ...


Cute Only Goes So Far

Even with Sandra Bullock's star power, a little of jabbering Minions goes a long way

By Alex Bentley

The best part of the Despicable Me series has arguably been the minions, the little yellow henchman of the villain Gru who desperately want to help but always seem to hinder instead. When their rol ...


Essential Music Documentary

Powerful Amy Winehouse documentary exposes the ugly reality of celebrity life

By Alex Bentley

The paradox of celebrities in the modern age is that even as they reveal more and more of themselves on Twitter, Instagram and the like, they can still be as unknowable as ever. This is readily app ...


The Terminator is Back

Schwarzenegger doles out Terminator tough love, with help of Game of Thrones star

By Alex Bentley

The Terminator series makes no real sense, plotwise. The entire thing is built on the idea of John Connor, a military leader in the future, sending a soldier, Kyle Reese, back in time to protect hi ...


So Bad It's Laughable

President in peril: Despite stellar cast, action-filled Big Game is so bad, it's funny

By Alex Bentley

If we movie lovers are honest with ourselves, there are many times when our favorite memories involve films that are pretty dumb, especially when it comes to 1980s action movies. Most of them ...


Only the Good Die Young

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl upends expectations with lots of laughs

By Alex Bentley

When it comes to movies about young people, you’d think that young love, partying and other fun things would be the go-to subject matter. Instead, in recent years the trend has been to adapt ...


Emotional Animation

Journey to happiness: Magical Inside Out lifts your emotions — and that's the point

By Alex Bentley

With its first 11 feature films, Pixar accomplished something no other studio could ever match: an unbroken streak of stellar films. Then it put out the universally derided Cars 2, followed by two ...


Prehistoric Inaction

With humans this unfocused, cheesy Jurassic World makes you want to root for the dinosaurs

By Alex Bentley

It’s hard to underestimate the impact that Jurassic Park had when it came out in 1993. Not only was it part of a stellar one-two punch from director Steven Spielberg, as the Oscar-winning Sch ...


Living the Really Good Life

Absurd but fun: Big screen Entourage expands Hollywood fantasy of HBO series

By Alex Bentley

The main goal of Entourage, which aired on HBO from 2004-2011 and has now been made into a film, is wish-fulfillment fantasy. The exploits of Vince (Adrian Grenier), E (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jer ...


This Ain't Almost Famous

Aloha says goodbye to Almost Famous director's career; Bradley Cooper and starry cast can't save messy movie

By Alex Bentley

The decline of a filmmaker’s skills can often be hard to accept, especially when that person is responsible for iconic movies. But there’s now hard evidence that Cameron Crowe is not th ...


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