Latest 3.5 star movies

  • Locke

    Locke has its flaws, but manages to satisfy as a minimalist work of social realism that is both dramatically-rich and often quite engaging.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Neighbors

    Neighbors is a smart blend of prior Stoller films – a likable mix of over-the-top comedy beats grounded with relatable characters and life scenarios.

    (25) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    All in all, this movie feels like a step in the right direction for the rebooted Spider-Man franchise – hopefully leading to better installments in the future.

    (234) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Under the Skin

    For cinephiles that enjoy artistic debate more than concrete answers, the film allows an intriguing platform for discussion and reflection.

    (66) by Ben Kendrick
  • Justice League: War

    War is only slightly better than its slightly good source material – but hopefully it will serve as a good introduction for mainstream viewers.

    (114) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Despite any setbacks, Stiller’s adaptation is an inspiring and beautifully shot character adventure – one that even manages to get a worthwhile message across without becoming too preachy.

    (23) by Ben Kendrick
  • Philomena

    Dench and Coogan are the beating heart of Frears’ cinematic social/political commentary, as their work together is enough to accommodate many of the flaws in storytelling.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Best Man Holiday

    The Best Man Holiday is a worthwhile revisiting that manages to push its characters forward in a very mature and emotionally honest way.

    (17) by Kofi Outlaw
  • About Time

    Science fiction fans, along with anyone who is especially intrigued by the time travel premise, should temper certain expectations and, instead, focus on About Time’s endearing character moments.

    (2) by Ben Kendrick
  • Thor: The Dark World

    Thor: The Dark World succeeds at building on the Thor (and Avengers) foundation to offer a bigger and more exciting adventure for Marvel’s God of Thunder.

    (308) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Counselor

    The Counselor is a novelist-turned-screenwriter experiment likely to be met with mixed reception between the get it and don’t get it types in the audience.

    (39) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Rush

    Rush excels in its exploration of the Hunt and Lauda relationship as well as how the iconic rivalry helped shaped each racer – both on and off the track.

    (18) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Family

    There are certainly worse ways to spend two hours at the theater than by watching De Niro play an old Mobster in a self-reflexive action/comedy.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Insidious: Chapter 2

    Wan’s prowess as a storyteller and director in this more interesting and well-plotted second chapter may ironically end up luring in those who weren’t even onboard with Insidious in the first place.

    (51) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Riddick

    Even as the film locks into a more familiar monster-killing/CGI action-thriller, Twohy has enough smart elements in the mix that keep the film sharp.

    (89) by Ben Kendrick
  • The World's End

    The World’s End is another worthwhile team-up from Pegg and Wright as well as a welcome addition to their cult-favorite trilogy.

    (47) by Ben Kendrick
  • Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox

    A worthy buy for any fan of the material (or the characters), and a good film for even casual fans (or those curious about the potential for future live-action films) to check out.

    (85) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Wolverine

    The Wolverine ranks among the better X-Men movies – along with Bryan Singer’s first two installments and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class.

    (172) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Monsters University

    Monsters University proves to be as spiritually-uplifting and pleasant as Monsters, Inc., but isn’t equally strong as a creative accomplishment – and might not be as well-remembered in the long run.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • This Is the End

    Die-hard fans of Rogen, Franco and their merry band of foul-mouthed misfits will probably be more forgiving of the film’s weaknesses and just relish in the sheer comedic insanity.

    (53) by Sandy Schaefer