The Night Before Is One Seth Rogen Bromance Too Many

A lot of comics have a shtick, and the trick is to give it enough flexibility so that it can be twisted and reshaped in myriad ways without breaking. Since Seth Rogen’s leading-man breakthrough in 2007’s Knocked Up, his has been impressively bendy, playing overgrown man-children who end up pulling themselves together,… »11/19/15 2:40pm11/19/15 2:40pm


The Walk Is A Cloying, Uneven Caper With An Absolutely Amazing Final Act

The feat that made Philippe Petit legendary—his tightrope walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974—was both brave and insane. What made 2008’s Man on Wire, the Oscar-winning documentary about his achievement, so striking was that despite full access to Petit and his cohorts, the film… »9/29/15 4:45pm9/29/15 4:45pm

Zigging And Zagging And Then Ending: Don Jon, Reviewed

1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of those actors for whom I find it nearly impossible not to root. He has an inherent, innate likability about him that doesn't seem forced, calculated or manufactured; he's a labrador puppy you have beers with. Now, I don't know anything about Joseph Gordon-Levitt in real life. He seems… »9/25/13 5:45pm9/25/13 5:45pm

Bruce Willis And Time Travel, Both More Alive Than Ever. Looper, Reviewed.

1. Looper is essentially two different movies spliced together at the midway point, but that's OK, because: a) the movies are thematically connected, with the second building off the windup of the first; and b) they're both excellent. The first half is a dark, thrilling time-travel mind-twister that leads into the… »9/25/12 6:10pm9/25/12 6:10pm

First, Kill All The Cyclists. Premium Rush, Reviewed.

1. It's difficult to overstate how much I dislike bicycle riders in New York City. (Collectively. I'm sure you, individual who rides his/her bike, are perfectly pleasant and normal ... when you're not on your bike.) Bike riders have taken over this city, and they are, almost entirely across the board, rude, dismissive… »8/23/12 5:35pm8/23/12 5:35pm