Movie Reviews & Interviews from Washington

DC Film Girl’s Year In Review: The Best of 2018

Is it really almost 2019 already??? I literally feel like I was just writing my Best of 2017 last month! After seeing over 160 films over the past year, it’s that time again for my year in review! Of course I have my absolute favorites of the year but I always like to highlight the […]

Lauren reviews ‘Aquaman’, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, ‘Bumblebee’ & ‘Bird Box’

Aquaman: 3/5 Mary Poppins Returns: 3/5 Bumblebee: 4/5 Bird Box: 4/5 (Netflix)

Lauren reviews ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ and ‘Ben is Back’

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse: 4/5 Mary Queen of Scots: 3.5/5 Ben is Back: 4.5/5

Lauren reviews ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ & What is Streaming on Netflix!

Crazy Rich Asians: 4.5/5 stars The Guernsey Literary and the Potato Peel Pie Society: 4/5 stars To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The MEG’ and ‘Dog Days’

The MEG: 4/5 stars Dog Days: 2.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, ‘Christopher Robin’ and ‘Like Father’

The Spy Who Dumped Me: 4/5 stars Christopher Robin: 3.5/5 stars Like Father: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ and ‘Uncle Drew’

Sicario: Day of the Soldado: 3.5/5 stars Uncle Drew: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Solo: A Star Wars Story: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Avengers: Infinity War: 5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘I Feel Pretty’ and Interview with Amy Schumer and Rory Scovel

I Feel Pretty: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Rampage’ and ‘Truth or Dare’

Rampage: 3.5/5 stars Truth or Dare: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Blockers’

A Quiet Place: 4/5 stars Blockers: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Ready Player One’

Ready Player One: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘Love, Simon’

Tomb Raider: 4/5 stars Love, Simon: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’

A Wrinkle in Time: 2.5/5 stars The Strangers: Prey at Night: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Black Panther’ and interviews Jennifer Lawrence for ‘Red Sparrow’

Black Panther: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Fifty Shades Freed’

Fifty Shades Freed: 4/5 stars The Cloverfield: Paradox: 2/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Phantom Thread’, ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ and ‘Hostiles’

Phantom Thread: 4.5/5 stars Maze Runner: The Death Cure: 3.5/5 stars Hostiles: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Den of Thieves’ and ’12 Strong’

Den of Thieves: 4/5 stars 12 Strong: 4/5 stars

Lauren live from Los Angeles to discuss Critics Choice Awards and reviews ‘The Post’

The Post: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Molly’s Game’, ‘All the Money in the World’ and ‘I, Tonya’

Molly’s Game: 4.5/5 stars All the Money in the World: 4/5 stars I, Tonya: 4.5/5 stars

DC Film Girl’s Year In Review: The Best & Worst of 2017

After seeing over 150 films, doing my first ever TV junkets (Girls Trip and Marshall), my second year in the BFCA and also at WBAL-TV, 2017 was a busy year and also an amazing year for film! I felt so strongly about so many different films this year and I think you will find that […]

Lauren reviews ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Pitch Perfect 3’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘Downsizing’

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: 4/5 stars The Greatest Showman: 4/5 stars Pitch Perfect 3: 2.5/5 stars Call Me By Your Name: 4.5/5 stars Downsizing: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 4/5 stars Wonder Wheel: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Shape of Water’, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘Just Getting Started’

The Shape of Water: 4/5 stars Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: 4/5 stars Just Getting Started: 1/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Disaster Artist’, ‘Coco’ and ‘Roman J. Israel, ESQ’

The Disaster Artist: 5/5 stars Coco: 4/5 stars Roman J. Israel, ESQ: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Justice League’, ‘Wonder’ and ‘Mudbound’

Justice League: 3/5 stars Wonder: 4/5 stars Mudbound: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Daddy’s Home 2’

Murder on the Orient Express: 3.5/5 stars Daddy’s Home 2: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Thor: Ragnarok: 4/5 stars A Bad Moms Christmas: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Stranger Things 2’, ‘Thank You For Your Service’ and ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

Stranger Things 2: 4.5/5 stars Thank You For Your Service: 4/5 stars The Killing of a Sacred Deer: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween’ and ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Thank You For Your Services’ interviews

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween: 3/5 stars The Snowman: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Happy Death Day’, ‘Marshall’ and ‘The Foreigner’

Happy Death Day: 4/5 stars Marshall: 4/5 stars The Foreigner: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren interviews Jake Gyllenhaal & Jeff Bauman for ‘Stronger’ and reviews ‘Stronger’ and ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

Stronger: 4.5/5 stars Kingsman: The Golden Circle: 4/5 stars

Lauren LIVE from Toronto International Film Festival & reviews ‘It’

Lauren goes live from the Toronto International Film Festival to talk festival movies Molly’s Game, I Tonya, The Killing of a Scared Deer, mother! and more! It review: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Ingrid Goes West’ and ‘Good Time’

Ingrid Goes West: 4.5/5 stars Good Time: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ and ‘Logan Lucky’

The Hitman’s Bodyguard: 3.5/5 stars Logan Lucky: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Glass Castle’ and ‘Annabelle: Creaton’

The Glass Castle: 4/5 stars Annabelle: Creation: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Dark Tower’, ‘Step’ and ‘Kidnap’

The Dark Tower: 3.5/5 stars Step: 4.5/5 stars Kidnap: 3.5/5 stars  

Lauren reviews ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘Detroit’

Atomic Blonde: 4/5 stars Detroit: 4/5 stars

Lauren interviews Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate for ‘Girls Trip’

Lauren traveled to New Orleans to sit down with the cast of ‘Girls Trip’ including Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate and director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Will Packer.  

Lauren reviews ‘Dunkirk’, ‘Girls Trip’ and ‘Valerian’

Dunkirk: 5/5 stars Girls Trip: 4.5/5 stars Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: 2.5/5

Lauren interviews Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish for ‘Girls Trip’ and reviews ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Big Sick’

War for the Planet of the Apes: 4/5 The Big Sick: 4.5/5

Lauren interviews Jada Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah for ‘Girls Trip’ and reviews ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Lauren sits down with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah in New Orleans to discuss their new film Girls Trip, which opens July 21, 2017! Spider-Man Homecoming: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ and ‘The Beguiled’

Transformers: The Last Knight: 1.5/5 stars The Beguiled: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Rough Night’ & ’47 Meters Down’ from Awesome Con!

Rough Night: 3/5 stars 47 Meters Down: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Mummy’ and ‘Megan Leavey’

The Mummy: 3.5/5 stars Megan Leavey: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Alien: Covenant’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ and ‘Baywatch’

Alien: Covenant: 4/5 stars Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: 3/5 stars Baywatch: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ and ‘Snatched’

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: 4/5 stars Snatched: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Free Fire’, ‘The Promise’ and ‘The Lost City of Z’

Free Fire: 4.5/5 The Promise: 3.5/5 The Lost City of Z: 4/5

Lauren reviews ‘The Fate of the Furious’

The Fate of the Furious: 4.5/5

Lauren reviews ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Ghost in the Shell: 3.5/5 The Zookeeper’s Wife: 4/5

Lauren reviews ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Life’

Power Rangers: 4/5 stars Life: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Beauty and the Beast: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Kong: Skull Island: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Logan’ and ‘Before I Fall’

Logan: 4/5 stars Before I Fall: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Get Out’ and talks Academy Awards Predictions!

Get Out: 4.5/5 stars  

Lauren reviews ‘Fist Fight’, ‘A Cure for Wellness’ and ‘A United Kingdom’

Fist Fight: 3/5 A Cure for Wellness: 4/5 A United Kingdom: 4/5

Lauren reviews ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

Fifty Shades Darker: 4.5/5 stars The Lego Batman Movie: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’

A Dog’s Purpose: 3.5/5 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: 3/5  

Lauren reviews ‘Split’ and ‘The Founder’

Split: 4/5 stars The Founder: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘A Monster Calls’ and Interviews with Pharrell Williams and Kevin Costner

Hidden Figures: 4.5/5 stars A Monster Calls: 4.5/5 stars

DC Film Girl’s Year In Review: The Best & Worst of 2016

We can all agree that 2016 was an eventful year in cinema. I also got married and joined the Broadcast Film Critics Association, so it was an important and fun year for me! Because I got married, I probably saw fewer films than in past years, but still over 175 films! The full list of […]

Lauren reviews ‘La La Land’, ‘Passengers’ and ‘Fences’

La La Land: 5/5 Passengers: 4/5 Fences: 4/5

Lauren reviews ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: 4/5 Nocturnal Animals: 4.5/5

Lauren reviews ‘Arrival’ and ‘Almost Christmas’

Arrival: 5/5 stars Almost Christmas: 3.5/5 stars And here is a full list of my reviews of movies currently in theatres! ALMOST CHRISTMAS (3.5/5) ARRIVAL (5/5) BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN (3/5) DOCTOR STRANGE (3.5/5) THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (4/5) HACKSAW RIDGE (4.5/5) INFERNO (3.5/5) JACK REACHER (1.5/5) MISS PEREGRINE’S (4/5) SULLY (4.5/5) TROLLS […]

Lauren reviews ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Trolls’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Doctor Strange: 3.5/5 stars Trolls: 4/5 stars Hacksaw Ridge: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Inferno’ & picks her 3 underrated Halloween films

Inferno: 3.5/5 stars Underrated Halloween films: Trick ‘R Treat ParaNorman The Cabin in the Woods

Lauren reviews ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ & ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: 1.5/5 stars Boo! A Madea Halloween: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ and ‘Deepwater Horizon’

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: 4/5 stars Deepwater Horizon: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Queen of Katwe’

The Magnificent Seven: 3.5/5 stars Queen of Katwe: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Sully’ & ‘When the Bough Breaks’

Sully: 4.5/5 stars When the Bough Breaks: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Don’t Breathe’, ‘Southside With You’ & ‘Hands of Stone’

Don’t Breathe: 4/5 stars Southside With You: 4/5 stars Hands of Stone: 2.5/5 stars 

Lauren reviews ‘War Dogs’ & ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

War Dogs: 4/5 stars Kubo and the Two Strings: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Pete’s Dragon’ and ‘Sausage Party’

Pete’s Dragon: 4/5 stars Sausage Party: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The Infiltrator’ Ghostbusters: 4/5 stars The Infiltrator: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ and ‘Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates’ The Secret Life of Pets: 3/5 stars Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates: 3/5 stars

‘The Legend of Tarzan’ Review: Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie & Samuel L. Jackson

The Legend of Tarzan begins after Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard), who now goes by his birth name John Clayton, has returned to his birthplace in England, after he has been saved by his now wife Jane (Margot Robbie) from the jungle in Africa. Now that he has returned to England, George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) […]

‘Finding Dory’ Review: Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’Neill & Albert Brooks

Everyone’s favorite blue tang is back! Dory (voiced by Ellen Degeneres) is now living in the reef with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). Dory suffers from short-term memory loss and constantly needs to be reminded about pretty much everything. But one day when Dory is swimming around the reef she is reminded of […]

‘The Conjuring 2’ Review: Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson & Frances O’Connor

Director James Wan’s The Conjuring is an intense and extremely well developed horror film that not only please horror fans, it raised the bar for the horror film genre as a whole. Now three years later, he released the sequel and the amazingly talented Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson have returned. The film is not […]

‘Me Before You’ Review: Starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin & Matthew Lewis

Emilia Clarke is a star on the rise. With Game of Thrones being one of the most popular television shows on right now, landing roles in massive franchises like Terminator, and now in her own starring role in Me Before You, she can’t be missed. One of the best performances I’ve seen by any actress […]

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Review: Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. & Sebastain Stan

I adore you Joss Whedon, but this is what Avengers: Age of Ultron should have been. I also really like you Zack Synder and really enjoyed Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but this is how you pit two superheroes against each other with a fully fleshed out story. The Russo Brothers know how to […]

‘The Jungle Book’ Review: Starring Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray & Neel Sethi

What I Liked: Neel Sethi’s feature film premiere! This young actor is so great and the fact that he was primarily acting in a CGI environment makes it all the better. The entire cast is great, which each actor bringing a memorable performance to their animated animal. And for the five minutes or less that […]

‘The Boss’ Review: Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell & Peter Dinklage

Better than The Heat, Identity Thief and Tammy, The Boss will bring delight to any true Melissa McCarthy fan. I laughed so hard, I cried once or twice. McCarthy and Kristen Bell work so well together, its as if they’ve known each other for years. Sure, The Boss has some flaws, but its so reminiscent […]

‘Everybody Wants Some!!” Review: Starring Blake Jenner, Glen Powell & Zoey Deutch

Director Richard Linklater’s (Boyhood) newest film is hilarious, honest and a true depiction of college life in the late 1970s. The ensemble of actors all have promising careers if they want it, and hey, Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey didn’t turn out so bad from their Dazed and Confused days! What I Liked: The incredible […]

‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Review: Starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck & Gal Gadot

**Spoiler-free review as always from your friendly DC film girl!** Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel remains one of the most divided superhero films in recent years. Audiences either loved it or hated it. I loved it and have watched is several times since. I love the origin story of Superman told not in a chronological […]

‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant’ Review: Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James & Naomi Watts

A book series and film franchise that should have both stopped after Insurgent. Allegiant feels overly drawn out, boring and tired. What in the heck are they going to do in Ascendant next year? What I Liked: Shailene Woodley’s haircut; Naomi Watt’s walking around giving orders; Theo James’ arms What I Didn’t Like: The boring […]

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Review: Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman & John Gallagher Jr.

**This is a spoiler-free review! And if it were me, I would do my best on avoiding plot-heavy reviews and just go see the movie!** First time feature film director Dan Trachtenberg makes his mark in filmmaking with pairing up with J.J. Abrams and a small yet tremendous cast that makes up 10 Cloverfield Lane. […]

‘Triple 9’ Review: Starring Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie & Kate Winslet

It’s important to go into this film not knowing a whole lot about the plot and who are the bad guys and who are the good guys. It will be a better entertainment experience that way. To keep it simple here, a gang of criminals and a group of corrupt cops are planning the murder […]

‘Risen’ Review: Starring Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton & Cliff Curtis

A beautiful story that shows us that its OK to question and its OK if we don’t totally understand, as long as we still have faith. Joseph Fiennes is exceptional as the non-believer Roman solider Clavius while Cliff Curtis makes a soft and loving Jesus/Yeshua. What I Liked: The acting, especially that of Joseph Fiennes […]

‘Deadpool’ Review: Starring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller & Ed Skrein

Full Video Review Here What I Loved: Ryan Reynolds is everything; T.J. Miller is the perfect comedic sidekick; Gina Carano back to kicking ass; all of the X-Men and superhero jokes; the slow-motion action sequences What I Didn’t Like: Nothing. How Many Times I Checked the Time: 0

‘The Choice’ Review: Starring Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer & Tom Wilkinson

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and another Nicholas Sparks film is released. I always look forward to the Sparks film that comes out every year. Sure, nothing will ever top A Walk to Remember or The Notebook or even Nights in Rodanthe (I don’t care what you say, I love it!), but even […]

DC Film Girl’s Year In Review: The Best & Worst of 2015

After seeing 220 films, compiling over 50 written reviews and conducting interviews from Bryan Cranston, Alicia Vikander and Richard Gere, 2015 was a good year (for myself!) and at the movies! Not a great year but a good year! There are some fantastic films that came out this year, some like we have never seen […]

‘Joy’ Review: Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper & Robert De Niro

Is there anything more joyous than a Jennifer Lawrence movie opening on Christmas Day? Lawrence re-teams with director David O. Russell and her Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle co-stars in Joy, a film about the woman behind the Miracle Mop, her struggle in creating and manufacturing it and her dysfunctional family structure. But this […]

‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ Review: Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega & Harrison Ford

One word: wow. It’s impossible to encompass one’s feelings after seeing the new Star Wars film in theatres, but wow can begin to describe it. Director JJ Abrams directed the seventh episode of the Star Wars franchise and it’s all kinds of awesome, shocking and amazing. It brings us back to the original Star Wars […]

INTERVIEW: Alicia Vikander of ‘The Danish Girl’

Sitting down with actress Alicia Vikander was a dream come true. From first seeing her in the Danish film A Royal Affair to watch her career blossom, especially this year with seven films released including The Testament of Youth, Ex Machina (my favorite film of the year!) and The Danish Girl. In director Tom Hooper’s […]

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ Review: Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth

It’s the end of an era. The final film in The Hunger Games franchise is here and it’s impossible to be ready for it. Fans of the books first fell in love with Katniss Everdeen and her story back in 2008 when author Suzanne Collins published the book and even more did when the first […]

INTERVIEW: Bryan Cranston & Jay Roach for ‘Trumbo’

One of my favorite actors Bryan Cranston was in Washington, DC earlier this week to stop by the White House, promote his new (and might I add, incredibly interesting film) Trumbo and to be present at the Breaking Bad donation ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. While I didn’t go to the White […]

‘Room’ Review: Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay & Joan Allen

There are not many performances that are better this year than Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. It will be a travesty if neither gets nominated for an Oscar nomination, with Tremblay getting a nom for Best Actor. These two actors gave wonderful performances as mother and son, and with a beautiful relatability considering that the […]

‘Steve Jobs’ Review: Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet & Jeff Daniels

Steve Jobs is not your typical biopic. The film takes place over three different years (1984, 1988 and 1998) and set before each iconic product launch that Steve Jobs was behind. Steve Jobs acts more like a three-act play rather than a traditional film. Following Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), the mastermind and co-founder of Apple, […]

‘The Martian’ Review: Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain & Jeff Daniels

Movies set in space have become increasingly popular in recent years. It seems every year there is always one big space movie. In 2012 it was Prometheus; in 2013 it was Gravity; and last year it was Interstellar. This year it’s The Martian, and director Ridley Scott and our lead star Matt Damon certainly know […]

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Review: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario & Giancarlo Esposito

Based on the popular Young Adult trilogy written by James Dashner, “The Maze Runner” books are set in a post-apocalyptic world and follow the story of teenagers who are forced to overcome several obstacles to find the truth and survive. Wes Ball returns to direct and T. S. Nowlin adapted the screenplay for this sequel […]

‘Everest’ Review: Starring Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal & Josh Brolin

In March 1996, a group of climbers, led by expert mountain guide Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), began their 40-day journey to climb to the top of Mt. Everest in Nepal. This is Rob’s fifth Everest summit, while the other experienced climbers include Doug Hansen, a man who is working three jobs to get by; Jon […]

‘The Visit’ Review: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould & Kathryn Hahn

Director and writer M. Night Shyamalan’s 11th film is possibly his best work since 2004’s The Village. In The Visit, Shyamalan blends classic horror and comedy together to make a film ideal for a fall season release and to show he still has what it takes to be a fine filmmaking in the horror and […]

‘American Ultra’ Review: Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart & Bill Pullman

In 2009, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were both starting to break out as actors. He starred in Zombieland and Adventureland, which also starred Stewart, and she had two Twilight films under her belt with three more to go. Their best performances were yet to come in 2010’s The Social Network and 2013’s The Double […]

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Review: Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer & Alicia Vikander

Henry Cavil, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant starring in the same film set in the 1960s and directed by Guy Ritchie sounds like a fun time to me – and it is, it really really is. Based off of the TV show of the same name from the 1960s created by […]

‘Fantastic Four’ Review: Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara & Michael B. Jordan

Never have I ever seen a movie where there was so much talent involved, in front of and behind the camera, all for it to be a huge let down and a total mess. Not only that, but the studio involved offers so much promise when it comes to superhero franchises and boosting both actor […]

‘Ricki and the Flash’ Review: Starring Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer & Rick Springfield

Director Jonathan Demme and writer Diablo Cody teamed up to create a film that is lively, witty, fun, a little crazy and musically delicious. It may not be either of the two’s best film ever, but for what its worth, Ricki and the Flash will please its targeted audience and is led by the immensely […]

‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’ Review: Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson & Simon Pegg

Almost 20 years since the first Mission: Impossible film debuted in 1996, Tom Cruise is back in this fifth installment of the franchise and has re-teamed up with director/writer Christopher McQuarrie (2013’s Jack Reacher). A total throwback to Brian De Palma’s original film, bigger stunts and action scenes than ever before and a female supporting […]

‘Ant-Man’ Review: Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly & Michael Douglas

Paul Rudd in a superhero suit? Evangeline Lilly kicking some major but?? Heck yes! What’s not to like about Marvel’s Ant-Man? Maybe the name of the superhero? Well, Ant-Man definitely has its problems, but the cast isn’t one of them. And one thing is for sure; by the end of this movie you’ll care about […]

‘Trainwreck’ Review: Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader & LeBron James

It’s official: Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow are a new force to be reckoned with. The talented comedienne and director have crafted a film for the new generation that is honest, hilarious and emotional. It’s the summer’s first great R-rated comedy and it’s certainly far from a train wreck. After Trainwreck, Schumer will have the […]

‘Minions’ Review: Starring Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm & Allison Janney

It’s been five years since we were first introduced to super villain Gru (Steve Carell), the lovely three girls he adopted and his adorable yellow minions who can only speak in minion talk, yet have assisted Gru in stealing the moon and capturing other villains for the Anti-Villain League. But how did these little yellow […]

‘Magic Mike XXL’ Review: Starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello & Matt Bomer

In 2012 when Magic Mike was released, director Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum knew they had created an interesting, hilarious and sexy film loosely based on Tatum’s real-life as a male stripper. Unfortunately Soderbergh did not return to direct the sequel, but did the cinematography instead so Magic Mike XXL still has that Soderbergh look, […]

‘Terminator Genisys’ Review: Starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney & Arnold Schwarzenegger

It’s been over 30 years since James Cameron’s The Terminator debuted and now comes the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise: Terminator Genisys. When The Terminator hit theatres in 1984, it changed the way audiences viewed science fiction films, cyborgs and most importantly how powerful a line of dialogue can be (i.e. “I’ll be back.”) […]

‘Ted 2’ Review: Starring Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg & Amanda Seyfried

As talented as Seth MacFarlane (2014’s A Million Way to Die in the West) is on Family Guy and as fun and joyful as he is on Graham Norton’s interviews (if you haven’t watched those you really should), it’s a shame his storyline in Ted 2, the sequel to the hilarious 2012 comedy Ted, is […]

‘Inside Out’ Review: Starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader & Mindy Kaling

The world of Disney Pixar has brought us glorious short and feature length films including the classic Toy Story trilogy, the sweet and touching Finding Nemo, my personal favorite WALL-E, the memorable UP and the adorable prequel Monsters University. Very much like Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar has a wonderful quality of making films that appeal […]

‘Jurassic World’ Review: Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard & Vincent D’Onofrio

The time is finally here. One of the most anticipated films of the summer has come to theatres. Twenty-two years after the classic Jurassic Park was released, and 14 years since the totally unnecessary Jurassic Park III was released, the fourth film and hopefully the first of a franchise reboot of the Jurassic Park films […]

‘Entourage’ Review: Starring Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven & Kevin Connolly

When one of HBO’s most beloved TV shows came to an end in September 2011, the fans longed for a film to extend the story of the four guys from Queens. Especially after that end credits scene in the finale, where major Hollywood agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) takes a call from Hollywood studio head […]

‘Aloha’ Review: Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone & Rachel McAdams

Cameron Crowe’s Aloha may not be the worst movie I’ve seen so far this year but it is certainly the most disappointing. I cannot remember the last time I saw a movie and thought that every single actor was wasted. And with Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski being the top cast […]

‘Tomorrowland’ Review: Starring Britt Robertson, George Clooney & Hugh Laurie

Director Brad Bird (2004’s The Incredibles) and producer Damon Lindelof made a film full of whimsical Disney moments and an interesting premise only to let the viewers down in its last couple of scenes. What could have been one of the most original films of the year ends up being a movie that audiences will […]

‘American Sniper’ Blu-ray Review: Starring Bradley Cooper & Sienna Miller

One of the most striking, memorable and talked about films of 2014 has finally come to Blu-ray. Director Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper dominated the box office earning over $543 million worldwide and received much praise from both critics and mainstream audiences. The film also received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor […]

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Review: Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson & Brittany Snow

Two things are certain after watching Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2012 surprise cult classic Pitch Perfect: 1) It’s not as smart or as good as the first and 2) Rebel Wilson is a comedic genius that makes any movie better. The Barden Bellas are back and many of them in their senior […]

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Review: Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult

“Remember me?” -Furiosa Get ready to get shocked, slapped and whipped around (and no, I’m not talking Fifty Shades of Grey here) in director George Miller’s Mad Max reboot. This is a film for people who adore action movies and for those who hate action movies, if you fall into the latter, this film will […]

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Review: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson

“In a world this vulnerable, we need something more powerful than any of us.” –Tony Stark Avengers: Age of Ultron is fun, entertaining, nerdy and exciting. A solid sequel to 2012’s Avengers, also directed and written by Joss Whedon, Age of Ultron reassembles our Avengers and introduces us to new characters and a new villain […]

‘The Age of Adaline’ Review: Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman & Harrison Ford

If you could live forever, what would you do? How would you have a family? Would you live your life in secret, changing homes and aliases every decade? Or would you try to live a normal life? That is exactly what Adaline Bowman must decide in The Age of Adaline. Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) was […]

‘True Story’ Review: Starring Jonah Hill, James Franco & Felicity Jones

Based on the book of the same name written by Michael Finkel, True Story is a film about consequences, relationships, journalism and betrayal. It follows ex New York Times reporter Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill) who is struggling to find a job after he twisted the truth in a cover story for the Times. One day […]

‘Insurgent’ Review: Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James & Kate Winslet

In a sea of several Young Adult dystopian future novels turned movies is Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. Not quite as powerful or emotionally raw as Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series, but more on the same level as James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, the Divergent series is about a young woman who is learning how […]

‘Cinderella’ Review: Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett & Richard Madden

Walt Disney’s live-action Cinderella is everything fans of the beloved fairy tale want and more. It’s magical, colorful, beautiful, exciting and leaves the audience with an encouraging and important message of kindness and courage. Considering how much the “Cinderella” story has been told on screen, from the 1997 made for TV movie with Whitney Houston […]

‘Focus’ Review: Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie & Rodrigo Santoro

A mix of the Thomas Crown Affair and Ocean’s Eleven, Focus is a surprisingly fun flick that’s outrageous in its plot twists and thrills in the best way possible. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love.) give us a fun heist story while Will Smith and Margot Robbie elevate the plot with […]

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Review: Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan & Jennifer Ehle

After years of going back and forth between studios, casting drop-outs and rumored feuding between the author and director during production, one of the year’s most anticipated films is finally here. Based on the wildly popular erotic novel by E. L. James, that originally started off as Twilight fan fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey aims […]

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Review: Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton

The best way to describe director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service is to say its an exciting spy film for the younger generation with the storyline of a James Bond film mixed with the violent but expertly choreographed action sequences of a Raid film. A fun film for lovers of the spy genre, violent […]

‘Project Almanac’ Review: Starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia & Sam Lerner

After 1999’s The Blair Witch Project and 2007’s wildly successful Paranormal Activity, followed by 2008’s Cloverfield, found-footage style filmmaking has become a growing trend in movies today. Time-travel has also become a huge topic among movies in recent years. Rian Johnson’s incredible Looper was one of the best of 2012, with the romantic About Time […]

‘Cake’ Review: Starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza & Anna Kendrick

A story about tremendous loss, heartbreak, addiction, forgiveness and recovery, Cake is a beautiful and inspiring film driven by a note-worthy performance from Jennifer Aniston. Director Daniel Barnz’s (2012’s Won’t Back Down) film follows Claire (Jennifer Aniston), a woman who suffers from chronic pain from an injury that happened years ago. Claire attends a weekly […]

‘Still Alice’ Review: Starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin & Kristen Stewart

There has not been a film so raw and real about Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the life of the diseased person and their family like directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice. Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice tells the story of Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a world-renowned […]

‘Paddington’ Review: Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins & Nicole Kidman

There’s not a single soul who grew up with Paddington Bear that didn’t love him. And if you didn’t grow up with the lovable bear, after you watch this film, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the Peruvian bear just like I did. Director Paul King reignites the story of Paddington Bear in […]

‘Predestination’ Review: Starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook & Noah Taylor

Led by a powerful Ethan Hawke and a remarkable breakout performance by Sarah Snook, Predestination might be the most interesting movie about time travel in recent years. Written and directed by The Spierig Brothers (2009’s Daybreakers, which I really enjoyed in theaters), Predestination tells the story of a man (Ethan Hawke), who is a part-time […]

DC Film Girl’s Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Happy New Year!! A new year means a whole lot of new movies and these are the ones that I am most excited about! Hopefully it will be a good year for book adaptations, superhero films, science-fiction thrillers and fairy tales! The movies are listed in order of the projected release date. Which movies are you […]

DC Film Girl’s Year In Review: The Best & Worst of 2014

2014 has proven to be an exciting and surprising time at the movies! 2013 produced some of my favorite movies of the last couple of years including The Great Gatsby, Spring Breakers and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Films that I have watched more than I would like to admit! But this year gave us […]

‘Unbroken’ Review: Starring Jack O’Connell, Garrett Hedlund & Domhnall Gleeson

There isn’t a movie this year that rocked me to my core more or made me feel more proud to be an American than director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. It’s a story so brutal and shocking and one that everyone should see. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the […]

‘Into the Woods’ Review: Starring Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick & Meryl Streep

Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep all in one movie by Walt Disney Studios? That’s also a musical?? Sign me up! Considering I wasn’t all that familiar with the musical Into the Woods (I saw a local stage production earlier this year), I had an open […]

‘Annie’ Review: Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx & Cameron Diaz

How in the world does Will Gluck, director of the hilarious and memorable Easy A and writer/director of the super charming romantic comedy Friends with Benefits write and direct Annie? It’s just as shocking to me as it is to you. With Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhane Wallis skipping around New York City in […]

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Review: Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton & Aaron Paul

The director of Alien and Prometheus, Christian Bale as Moses, Jesse Pinkman as his trusted follower Joshua and Australian actor Joel Edgerton as the Pharaoh Ramses…sounds like an interesting movie to me! Is there a greater and more interesting story in the world than the one of Moses? All of these exciting factors put into […]

‘Wild’ Review: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern & Thomas Sadoski

“My mother was the love of my life.” -Cheryl Strayed Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Wild tells the story of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) and her 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. After Cheryl’s mother (Laura Dern) dies of cancer, Cheryl’s life begins to fall apart. Her marriage with […]

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ Review: Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson

“Miss Everdeen, its the things we love most that destroy us.” -President Snow In one of the most anticipated films of the year, Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as the girl on fire in the third installment of The Hunger Games series. The best-selling novels written by Suzanne Collins and the amazing films brought to […]

‘The Theory of Everything’ Review: Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones & Charlie Cox

Beautiful, moving, shocking, heartbreaking and loving, The Theory of Everything is led by two of the best performances of the year and tells the tale of a man with brilliant life-changing ideas and the woman who loved him. Based on the novel “Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen,” by Jane Hawking, The Theory of […]

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Review: Starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels & Kathleen Turner

It’s been 20 years since the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy classic Dumb and Dumber was released. A personal favorite comedy of mine that still holds up today as one of the best comic films ever made. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels both went on to make household names for themselves and the Farrelly Brothers went on […]

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Review: Starring Josh Brolin, Eva Green & Mickey Rourke

Besides an incredible cast coming together for a Robert Rodriguez movie, the best qualities of the Sin City films are the striking visuals and the film noir background that completely make over the film. The Sin City films perfectly encapsulate the feel of the graphic novel and blend it into the beauty of green screen […]

‘Interstellar’ Review: Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain

Surprising, intense, gorgeous, remarkable and original, it’s nearly impossible to put every emotion about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar into a single written review. One of the most mind-blowing films in recent years and led by another gripping performance from Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar is a film that will only become better and more significant upon each viewing. […]

‘Nightcrawler’ Review: Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo & Bill Paxton

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the few Hollywood actors that has been able to transition from drop-dead gorgeous heart throb starring in romantic roles to mind-bending, dramatic and even horrifying roles. If you haven’t seen 2001’s Donnie Darko or this year’s Enemy, those could both be stacked in the horror genre. In his directorial debut, […]

‘John Wick’ Review: Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist & Adrianne Palicki

Keanu Reeves can still lead an action movie and a very good and fun action movie at that. Reeves returns to full action hero form as our title character John Wick and he leads the film from beginning to end as a man whose urge for vengeance gets the best of him. On the day […]

‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ Review: Starring Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts & Emma Stone

“Why don’t I have any self-respect?” –Lesley “You’re an actress honey.” –Laura Stylish, technically magnificent, interesting, real and ambitious, director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about films of the year and of years to come. Birdman tells the story of once-famous actor […]

‘Whiplash’ Review: Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons & Melissa Benoist

“That’s not quite my tempo.” -Terence Fletcher Stress-inducing, disturbing, horrifying, explosive, shocking and entertaining all at the same time, director and writer Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is one of the best films of the year. It’s performance driven, intense and serves as a showcase for both Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Andrew (Miles Teller) is a […]

‘The Best of Me’ Review: Starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden & Liana Liberato

I’ve either seen one too many Nicholas Sparks movies or The Best of Me is the most predictable and clichéd film adaptation of his to date. I think it’s maybe a little of both. When an old friend passes away, former high school sweethearts Dawson (Luke Bracey) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) return to their small […]

‘Dracula Untold’ Review: Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon & Charles Dance

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s utterly impossible for me to miss a vampire movie, especially one that is a Dracula origins story. Dracula Untold isn’t as memorable or original as it wants to be, but it’s pure popcorn fun and brutally violent to the core. Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon lead this gothic […]

‘Gone Girl’ Review: Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike & Carrie Coon

“This man of my mine may kill me.” -Amy Dunne As a huge fan of Gillian Flynn’s best seller, David Fincher’s films, adoring both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and recently discovering a newfound love for Carrie Coon after watching her in HBO’s The Leftovers, it’s needless to say that Gone Girl has been one […]

‘Annabelle’ Review: Starring Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton & Alfre Woodard

Before paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and ridded demonic spirits from a Rhode Island farmhouse in 1971, there was Annabelle. In The Conjuring we learned that the Warrens took Annabelle, a vintage doll possessed with a demonic spirit, and put her in a glass case in their room full of paranormal artifacts in their […]

‘The Equalizer’ Review: Starring Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas & Chloe Grace Moretz

Director Antoine Fuqua (2013’s Olympus Has Fallen) reunites with Denzel Washington 13 years after Training Day, the film that gained Washington his second Academy Award. What we have in their second film together is a stylish action thriller with some brutal action sequences and performances. Based on a 1980s TV show of the same name, […]

‘Two Night Stand’ Review: Starring Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton & Jessica Szohr

There has yet to be a Miles Teller role I have not liked. From 2010’s Rabbit Hole to this year’s Divergent, Teller has impressed in several movies. Analeigh Tipton is an actress we’ve seen in supporting roles, but has yet to tackle a leading role in a film. But seeing her work in 2011’s Crazy […]

‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Review: Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey & Adam Driver

This Is Where I Leave You is so over the top and out of this world wild with almost no redeemable characters to ground the story. What could have been a realistic storytelling of a dysfunctional family turns into a game of “How much more can we shock the audience?” Having not read Jonathan Tropper’s […]

‘The Maze Runner’ Review: Starring Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter & Aml Ameen

As a film critic, there is nothing that I love more than to read a novel in anticipation for the movie adaptation. The Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent and even the Twilight franchises were just as good if sometimes only better than the actual novel the film was based on. I always like to try […]

‘The Drop’ Review: Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace & James Gandolfini

The Drop compiles exceptional talent with Tom Hardy (2014’s Locke), Noomi Rapace (2013’s Dead Man Down), James Gandolfini (2013’s Enough Said) and Ann Dowd (2014’s Gimme Shelter) all on board, making it one of the best casts of the year. As James Gandolfini’s final movie, the late actor gets to explore a layered and unpredictable […]

‘If I Stay’ Review: Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley & Mireille Enos

Gayle Forman’s popular Young Adult novel “If I Stay” is a captivating story about the beauty of life, death and love, and focuses on 16-year-old Mia who experiences it all after a tragic accident happens to her family. There is not a better and more poised young actress than Chloe Grace Moretz (2013’s Carrie and […]

‘The Giver’ Review: Starring Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges & Meryl Streep

Films based on novels about a dystopian future have become wildly popular in the last few years. Starting in 2012, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games hit the big screen with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson starring and the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire following last year. Earlier this year, Veronica Roth’s Divergent found new […]

‘Into the Storm’ Review: Starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies & Matt Walsh

There are two things you can count on if you go to see Into the Storm. One is that the special effects are pretty wild and incredible; and two, it is not Twister, even though it desperately tries to mimic qualities of the original tornado film. If you go into the theatre knowing these two […]

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Review: Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett & Johnny Knoxville

Director Jonathan Liebesman (2011’s Battle: Los Angeles) and producer Michael Bay’s (2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction) reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise is nostalgic, an adrenaline rush and pure fun. Though it may not be the best reboot in the world, it’s certainly worth seeing if you’re a fan of the comic books, […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review: Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana & Bradley Cooper

Marvel’s newest film Guardians of the Galaxy is pure awesomeness. There is no other way to put it. Not only is Guardians one of the best superhero films released from Marvel Studios, its one of the funniest films of the year and one of the best “star wars” films we have seen in years. Director […]

‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Review: Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo & Zach Gilford

Emergency Announcement: “This is your Emergency Broadcast System announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge. At the siren, all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 hours. All emergency services will be suspended. Your government thanks you for your participation.” Director and screenwriter James DeMonaco returns for the sequel to last year’s The Purge, […]

‘Sex Tape’ Review: Starring Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz & Rob Lowe

Two things come to mind when thinking about director Jake Kasdan’s (2011’s Bad Teacher) Sex Tape. One is that Cameron Diaz is in the best physical shape of her life (girl looks good!) and two, just like Kasdan’s Bad Teacher, Sex Tape has some weird moments and despite its talented cast who give it their […]

‘Shame’ Review: Fassbender and Mulligan are Excellent, But…

“Shame” is a depressing portrait of a suffering Manhattan sex addict, played by Michael Fassbender, whose life is interrupted by the indefinite stay of his younger sister, Carey Mulligan. If it weren’t for the performances of these two stellar actors, I probably would’ve hated this movie. It’s their performances that truly carry the film until […]

‘Sicario’ Review: Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro & Josh Brolin

Denis Villeneuve is becoming one of the best directors working today and one of my personal favorites. With last year’s Enemy, a memorizing doppelgänger story led by an excellent performance by Jake Gyllenhaal and 2013’s Prisoners, a story about a man played by Hugh Jackman who would do anything to get his daughter back and […]

‘Side Effects’ Review: Soderbergh’s Style Meets Mara’s Talents

Side Effects starts off as an original and daring film, but takes a turn for the Lifetime channel ¾ of the way in and ends up being not nearly as good as it could have been. Martin (Channing Tatum) has just been released from prison after being locked away for four years because of insider […]

‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’ Review: Don’t Waste Your Time

“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” is one of the worst movies of the year. The story, dialogue and acting is bad. Why Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) or Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”) would want to be involved in this disastrous “horror” film is beyond me. “Silent Hill: Revelation” is the sequel to 2006’s “Silent Hill,” […]

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Review: Transcends the Romantic Comedy Genre

Director David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) and screenwriter Matt Quick (based on his novel) deliver an original, intelligent dramedy about life, love and loss. Pat (Bradley Cooper) has just been released from a mental institution in Baltimore after having a violent episode some months back. Now, he finds himself living at home with his parents […]

‘Skyfall’ Review: One of the Best Bonds Ever!

As “Skyfall” opens in theatres, we are reminded of the 50th anniversary of James Bond in film, the longest continually running film series. “Skyfall” opens with James Bond (Daniel Craig) chasing a bad guy (Ola Rapace, Noomi’s brother), who has an important disc that contains every MI6 agents’ identity on it. Naturally, Bond is trying […]

‘Sleepwalk With Me’ Review: Comedian Makes Funny Indie

Matt (Mike Birbiglia) tells us right from the start that this is a “true story” and no matter how many times you may think it’s fake, it’s definitely not. Matt and his girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) have been together for eight years and have just now made the decision to move in together. Matt is […]

‘Smashed’ Review: Winstead Shines in Emotional Story

How would you feel if you wanted to get better and overcome alcoholism, but everyone around you, including your family, didn’t support you? Newlyweds Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie Hannah (Aaron Paul) share a love of music, partying and drinking, with an emphasis on the drinking. The two lovers go out every night, party […]

‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Review: All Hail Charlize Theron

If the Brothers Grimm were still alive, they’d be making bank. In 1937, Walt Disney introduced the tale of “Snow White” in a cartoon feature film and the story has been a favorite fairy tale ever since. Earlier this year we saw Relativity Media’s Mirror Mirror, starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, a light-hearted comic […]

‘Southpaw’ Review: Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker & Rachel McAdams

Jake Gyllenhaal is easily one of the best actors working today. His last few roles as a committed detective in Prisoners, an intoxicating and underrated performance in one of last year’s best Enemy and a slimy night crime scene cameraman in the incredible Nightcrawler were some of the best performances by any actor of the […]

‘Spring Breakers’ Blu-ray Review: One of the Year’s Best & Most Controversial Films

When everyone asks me what some of my favorite films of the year are, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers immediately comes to mind. Perhaps the most misunderstood film of 2013; Spring Breakers is not a teen comedy or drama, but the ultimate modern day film noir. If you walk into the film expecting Selena Gomez and […]

‘Spy’ Review: Starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne & Jason Statham

Melissa McCarthy and director/writer Paul Feig have a relationship that is on par to Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese or Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. Feig clearly knows how to write for her and McCarthy has all the goods to lead a comedy and now an action film! McCarthy has already proven herself as a […]

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Review: Trekkies Will Love Action-Packed Sequel

Note: See the film in IMAX 3D. The IMAX screen adds a wonderful layer to the story and although the 3D was converted, it looks better than many films actually shot in 3D. This is a spoiler-free review. Oh, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto…how I love these two on screen together. In possibly one of […]

‘Tammy’ Review: Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon & Kathy Bates

Melissa McCarthy has been front and center among Hollywood comedians since her breakout role in 2011’s Bridesmaids. Bridesmaids made its mark in cinema as one of the best female led comedies of all time and McCarthy earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance as the fun, sassy, but brutally honest bridesmaid Megan. Ever since, […]

‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ Review: Terrible Script; Cheesy 3D

Note: This film did not screen to critics and is an exclusive review to The positive side to seeing “Texas Chainsaw 3D” the first week of 2013, is that the year can only go up from here. “Texas Chainsaw 3D” is the seventh film in the “Texas Chainsaw” franchise and undoubtedly has the worst […]

‘That Awkward Moment’ Review: This Talented Trio Deserves Better

That Awkward Moment is one of those clichéd movies that feature a mechanical series of 3 scenes: the coffee talk between friends, the drunken bar scene and the rendezvous between boy and girl. There are definitely a handful of jaw-dropping hilarious scenes, but unfortunately those scenes and Miles Teller’s completely natural delivery of his specifically […]

Lauren reviews ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Pitch Perfect 3’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘Downsizing’

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: 4/5 stars The Greatest Showman: 4/5 stars Pitch Perfect 3: 2.5/5 stars Call Me By Your Name: 4.5/5 stars Downsizing: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Blockers’

A Quiet Place: 4/5 stars Blockers: 3.5/5 stars

‘Ringer’ Review: Mysterious TV Drama Buffy Fans Will Love

Television icon Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV in the CW’s “Ringer” and she looks better than ever playing estranged twin sisters Bridget and Siobhan. Bridget Kelly (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is six months sober and starting to turn her life around. She’s finally clean of alcohol, drugs and free of her job as a stripper. […]

‘What’s Your Number?’ Review: Hilarious and Charming

It’s easy to throw two good looking and talented actors into the predictable plot of a romantic comedy and have it turn into one big cheesy mess. On the other hand, it surprises you when you walk into the theatre expecting that cheesy mess and the film turns out to be a hilarious and charming […]

’50/50′ Review: Perfect Mix of Hilarity and Tears

A perfect blend of hilarious one-liners and tear jerking moments makes ‘50/50’ every moviegoer’s dream dramedy. Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a 27-year-old who lives a healthy lifestyle and has his whole life ahead of him. He enjoys his job as a writer for radio programs and is working towards taking the next step with his […]

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Review: Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone & Jamie Foxx

“You’re Spider-Man, and I love that. But I love Peter Parker more.” -Gwen Stacy Spider-Man is easily one of Marvel’s most intriguing, engaging and loved superheroes. The costumed crime fighter is my personal favorite comic book hero and I absolutely adored Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. I loved it […]

‘American Horror Story’ Review: Terrifying and Risqué

The newest and scariest FX original series ‘American Horror Story’ combines all the right aspects of the horror genre and squeezes them into an incredible nighttime storytelling show. An hour’s worth of gruesome scenes, mysterious plot lines, and scandalous characters make ‘Horror Story’ worth screaming over. —– The new drama had a strong premiere about […]

‘Grimm’ Review: NBC’s Latest Offers Promise in Hollywood’s Fairy Tale Land

Forget ABC’s undercooked ‘Once Upon A Time’ as the fall’s fairy-tale showcase. NBC’s newest supernatural horror ‘Grimm’ shows more loyalty to fans of the fairy tale and horror genres alike. ‘Grimm’ shares the same premise as ‘Once’ – fairy tales are not just fantasies your learn as a child but real stories about a supernatural […]

‘Young Adult’ Review: Another stunning performance by Charlize Theron

A moving story about a woman who tries to relive her glory days by going back to her hometown and getting her high school sweetheart back. “Young Adult” serves as a wonderful showcase for all star actress Charlize Theron, who plays Mavis Gary and a breakthrough performance for actor Patton Oswalt, who plays Matt, a […]

‘Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol’ Review: Cruise at his finest

Tom Cruise at his finest! Brad Bird certainly knows how to direct an action film and Cruise knows how to star in one. A perfect mixture of suspense, thrills, mystery and stunts! Cruise, Pegg and Patton all have great chemistry and work well together. Jeremy Renner is a little out of place in this film […]

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Review: Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara & Stellan Skarsgard

A perfect movie adaption of the beloved book, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Rooney Mara plays the complicated, yet brilliant computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig plays Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist trying to solve a 40-year old murder. The two play very well off of each other and its a relationship that […]

‘The Darkest Hour’ Review: Neither horrific nor entertaining

Don’t wait for “The Darkest Hour” to come out on Blu-ray/DVD, don’t spend the dollar to rent it from Red Box and don’t even take an hour and a half out of your precious day to watch it on cable. The reason studios release films like this on Christmas Day is to try and attract […]

‘The Artist’ Review: Sentimental, Timeless, an Instant Classic

Movie tickets are expensive and when you’re on a budget, there’s nothing worse than leaving the theatre after spending $12 on a flop. There’s been few times this year where I’ve come out of the theatre and actually felt it was $12 worth spent. ‘The Artist’ is the best money I’ve spent in 2012 so […]

‘Hugo’ Review: A Delightful Story With Visually Breathtaking 3D

I can definitely see why all-star director Martin Scorsese made this film. “Hugo” is a beautiful, cinematic gift that we can all take to heart and cherish as many movies are not made as carefully. It looks like the HFPA agrees with me as “Hugo” is nominated for Best Director, Best Picture-Drama and Best Original […]

‘Joyful Noise’ Review: If ‘Glee’ Went Gospel…

…it would look a lot like “Joyful Noise.” Which, may turn some people off, but in this case, it’s what kept this film rockin’ and rollin’! Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah) has just been promoted to choral director of her small, struggling church in Pacashau, Georgia and is an overworked mother of two teenagers, Olivia […]

‘Contraband’ Review: Average Wahlberg Action Flick

Mark Wahlberg has been in some fast paced, fun action films. The first ones that come to mind are The Italian Job, The Departed and Shooter, yes I did enjoy Shooter. His name alone can certainly sell an action film, but can the star turn a convoluted plot into a fascinating story? Not in this […]

‘Underworld Awakening’ Review: Fans of Franchise Will Be Pleased

The Underworld films are not made for critics, nor are they made for people who don’t understand the ‘vampire craze’, but if you love action films involving hundreds of guns, kicking some werewolf butt and Kate Beckinsale in a corset, then you’ve come to the right place. This film was not screened for critics and […]

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ Review: Overly Obnoxious & Completely Confusing

Extremely Loud & Incredible Close might also be considered as “Overly Obnoxious and Completely Confusing.” Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, it seems as if a 9-year-old boy who is struggling with his father’s death from 9/11 might make for a wonderful film adaption and it probably could have, if the story had […]

‘One For the Money’ Review: Where’s Snooki & Pauly D?

Director Julie Ann Robinson would have been better served if Snooki had been cast as the lead role. No seriously, at least she would’ve added legitimate Jersey spunk to the film! Even if they gave Pauly D a quick cameo, that would’ve gained a few laughs from me. One For the Money is set in […]

‘Pina’ Review: A Stunningly Shot 3D Documentary

A fantastic new way to see how 3D is capable of telling a story properly, rather throwing it into an overrated action movie or children’s animation feature. Pina tells the story of German choreographer Pina Bausch through the eyes and movement of her acclaimed ensemble, the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Bausch was named choreographer by the director […]

‘Chronicle’ Review: A Fresh Take on the Teenage Superhero

I originally had plans to see The Woman in Black on Friday, but I opted for the found-footage flick Chronicle because I heard nothing but praise for young director Josh Trank’s film. I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of the found-footage direction style that became all the new craze because of movies […]

‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D’ Review: Surprisingly Hilarious Family Friendly Film

Typically when you see Dwayne Johnson, otherwise known as ‘The Rock’, in a trailer of a movie, it’s almost a guarantee that the film is packed with crazed stunts, an overacted plot and those huge pecs bursting through a skin tight shirt. I like The Rock because he always manages to steal every scene he’s […]

‘The Vow’ Review: A Sweet Attempt at an Unusual Story

Do you promise to love your wife, to have and to hold, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, while she suffers through grievous memory loss as long as you both shall live? That is the main dilemma that Leo (Channing Tatum) must face after his wife Paige (Rachel McAdams) suffered serious brain […]

‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I’: A Vamp Wedding & Honest Depiction of Meyer’s Novel

Breaking Dawn Part I comes out on Blu-ray and DVD February 11. Here’s my full review of the film. Breaking Dawn Part I Review: A vampire style wedding and an honest depiction of Meyer’s final book Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I is perhaps the most loyal installment in the film franchise to the beloved […]

‘This Means War’ Review: Could Be Your Perfect Date Night Movie…

…if you don’t take it seriously! If you don’t take the film’s message to heart and if single women everywhere realize that this is NOT how you find Mr. Right, This Means War is quite an enjoyable film for both men and women. Before I get hate on how I am giving this film a […]

‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D’ Review: A Campy Self-Aware Action Flick

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance takes several steps up from its original, which isn’t saying much since the first was just all around terrible. Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who brought us the Crank films certainly have what is takes to build a high-octane action flick, if only they had a decent screenwriter to […]

‘The Way’ DVD Review: An Uplifting, Emotional Journey

“You don’t choose a life, Dad…you live one,” says Daniel to his father Tom, a conservative, up-tight eye doctor who never breaks the rules and lives life cautiously, the complete opposite of his son. In a flashback, it seems as if the two are just having a little family quarrel, when really its one of […]

‘Act of Valor’ Review: Surprisingly Heartfelt and Action Packed!

It really saddens me that the majority of film critics slammed this film. There is absolutely nothing wrong with real-life Navy SEALs playing Navy SEALS in a full length feature film. In fact, that’s why I enjoyed the movie! Their real wives and children were also in the film, which made it even more heartfelt […]

‘Undefeated’ Review: A Sports Story That’s Lovable for Non-Sports Fans

Bill Courtney is hard, motivated, completely badass and he runs this show. When listening to him on-screen, I wanted to get up and better my life, so I can only imagine how intimidating and inspirational he is one on one. Undefeated is a straightforward documentary of a high school football team called the Manassas Tigers […]

‘Project X’ Review: ‘Superbad’ Meets Found-Footage Film-making!

Project X is no Animal House but it’s definitely a fun, unapologetic comedy for the new generation. Think Superbad meets Chronicle, a recent box office hit that uses the found-footage approach to tell the story. There are a lot of ‘party movies’ out there including Porky’s, Old School, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The […]

‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ Review: At Least the Title is Straight-Forward

There will not be a more direct movie title to come out this year or probably not in 2013 either. It is what it is, and if you find Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt charming, you just might enjoy this fishy film. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is about bringing a salmon fishery into the […]

‘John Carter’ Review: There Is No Life on Mars

I remember watching the trailer for this movie a few months back and wondering what the heck John Carter was about. After watching the two and a half hour long film, I still have no idea. The plot was convoluted, confusing and all around boring, which is a shame because for a movie that had […]

’21 Jump Street’ Review: The Best Comedy of the Year!

I saw this movie twice, that’s how much I loved it. Well, the second time I saw it, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube made an appearance at the theatre, which is a huge reason why I went, but STILL this movie is just that funny and fantastic! I’m not familiar with the TV […]

‘The Hunger Games’ Review: Engaging, Intense, Emotional & Brilliant

The Hunger Games is not only my favorite film I’ve seen so far this year, it could very well be my favorite and the best film of the year. I have read the books, written by Suzanne Collins and immediately became emotionally engaged by the story and its characters. This is one of the best […]

‘Dark Shadows’ Review: Depp Can’t Save Wounded Plot

There’s something special about the gothic, gloomy and melancholy feel of a Tim Burton film. Whether it’s the stunning snowy backdrop of the modern day fairy tale and the first Burton/Depp collaboration, Edward Scissorhands or the hypnotic musical set in London starring a crazed barber, Sweeney Todd, we always walk out of the theatre knowing […]

‘Men in Black 3’ Review: Third’s a Charm

Whenever I see the number ‘3’ in a movie title, I always get a little skeptical that the franchise has gone too far. With the exception of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi or Toy Story 3, sequels tend to not be as entertaining as the original film gems. The first Men in […]

‘Prometheus’ Review: Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender & Charlize Theron

Ridley Scott hasn’t directed a sci-fi film since 1982’s Blade Runner. Now 30 years later, Scott’s fans welcome him back in one of the most anticipated films of the year, Prometheus. There are several questions regarding the film, but the biggest question is whether or not it is a true prequel to Alien. Prometheus most […]

‘Rock of Ages’ Review: The Talented Tom Cruise

In some cases Broadway musicals just don’t work on the big screen. In 2005, director Chris Columbus’ Rent didn’t tie the story together, but rather showed us several different sequences of actors running around and singing. That same year, we saw Andrew Lloyd Weber’s masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera, starring an awkward Gerard Butler […]

‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Review: Perfectly Cast & Surprisingly Fresh

Can Aubrey Plaza add time traveling to her list of wacky talents? The star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation breaks away from the TV world for a bit and jumps into director Colin Trevorrow’s film about a peculiar man who believes he can time travel and the wannabe journalist who is trying to get the […]

‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ Review: Carell & Knightley are Fantastic

“The end of the world” has been quite a popular trend in movies these past few years. Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion was about a fatal virus that was spreading quickly enough to take out the entire human race. Lars von Trier’s Melancholia starring Kirsten Dunst, concerned a planet scheduled to collide with Earth, ultimately destroying everything. […]

‘Magic Mike’ Review: Starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer & Joe Manganiello

If anyone can make a male stripper movie and make it watchable, fun, lively and charming, it’s Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh, known for his other films which include sex, lies and videotape, Traffic, Erin Brockovich and Ocean’s Eleven (the remake) is arguably one of the most diverse directors working today. It’s his unusual coloring of his […]

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Review: Garfield & Stone Are Exquisite

As much as the title does suit the film, The Amazing Spider-Man could have also easily been titled: Peter & Gwen: The Untold Story. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy’s relationship is truly the main character in the film, which is interesting and unfortunate at the same time. The audience walks in, expecting a superhero story, […]

‘Savages’ Review: Masterfully Acted; Upsetting Climax

O (Blake Lively) warns us at the beginning of the film, that this is a crazy story. A story about love, sex, drama, drugs and she may not be alive at the end of it. This review is coming from someone who has not read the cult-hit book of the same name written by Don […]

‘Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D’ Review: Sermon-Free Sequel Squanders Game Cast

It’s really a shame when an original, family-friendly film is followed by multiple disappointing sequels. A movie should only be made when the story is absolutely necessary to tell, otherwise we get three “Ice Age” sequels and don’t remember why we enjoyed the original animated film in the first place. “Ice Age” debuted in 2002, […]

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Review: Hathaway’s Catwoman & Hardy’s Bane Brilliant

Note: This is a spoiler-free movie review, so please don’t hesitate to read and post your thoughts in the comments section below! This past week I re-watched “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” As much as I love director Christopher Nolan’s superhero origin story “Batman Begins,” I still can’t get over his masterpiece that is […]

‘Ruby Sparks’ Review: Dano & Kazan Ignite Indie Flick

There a few films that walk the fine line between independent and mainstream. “Ruby Sparks” is that lovely romantic comedy that comes along and gives us a little bit of both. Paul Dano plays a novelist who writes about this dreamgirl and Zoe Kazan, Dano’s real-life girlfriend wrote the screenplay. If that’s not perfect enough, […]

DC Film Girl’s Quick Shot: Step Up Revolution 3D

“Step Up Revolution 3D” is easily the best addition to the franchise since the original. This is a perfect example of walking into a movie where you have no expectations and are completely blown away. In fact, you should walk in to every movie with no expectations and an open mind. It’s the pre-judgements that […]

DC Film Girl’s Quick Shot: ‘The Watch’

Note: DC Film Girl’s Quick Shot is an informal and shorter review than her typical full-length film dive-in. Enjoy. I don’t even know what to say about “The Watch,” except for the fact that it was terrible. I’m sure Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller had a completely different film in mind when they […]

‘Total Recall’ Review: Colin Farrell Succeeds, Overall Film Unmemorable

Director Len Wiseman’s “Total Recall” reboot is stylish, sexy and has some of the most fun action sequences in film this year. The cast of gorgeous actors are fantastic, especially Kate Beckinsale who should win an award for most bad-ass female of the year. As much as Colin Farrell succeeded in carrying the film, Beckinsale […]

‘Hope Springs’ Review: A Charming, Enjoyable, Moving Flick

I never thought that Tommy Lee Jones could produce a smile, let alone have romantic chemistry with any actress on screen. The mature and talented actor is known for his stoic roles in films like “No Country For Old Men,” the “Men in Black” trilogy, and “The Fugitive.” I couldn’t have been more blown away […]

‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’ Review: Unlikable Characters in a Messy Script

The main problem with “Celeste and Jesse Forever” is that the film is marketed as a romantic comedy, when all in all it’s a sad portrait of a couple going through a divorce. There is nothing wrong with a good dark comedy or a relationship drama, but in this movie, the lead characters are so […]

‘The Bourne Legacy’ Review: Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz & Oscar Isaac

Jason Bourne is arguably Matt Damon’s best role. Damon did a beautiful job carrying all three films of the trilogy from start to finish. When we have an epic action star like this in the lead role, it’s especially difficult to reboot the series with a different lead actor taking charge. “The Bourne Legacy”, directed […]

‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ Review: A Sweet, Emotional Tearjerker

Jim (Joel Edgerton) and Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) are a couple who wish for the ultimate “American Dream.” Successful jobs, a happy marriage, a secure place you can call home and above all, children. The two have jobs they care about, are completely in love with one another and own a beautiful home in small-town […]

‘ParaNorman’ Review: Spooky Fun For Kids and Adults

If you love “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Coraline” or Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” you’ll love Focus Feature’s stop-motion animation film, “ParaNorman.” Laika Entertainment, who brought us 2009’s wondrous “Coraline,” has produced the best animation film I’ve seen in years. Although I don’t think “ParaNorman” is as frightening as “Coraline,” it is full of zombies, ghosts […]

‘Hit & Run’ Review: Chemistry Hits On-Screen in Action Rom-Com

There are countless celebrity couples in Tinseltown: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt; Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux; Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks; Annette Bening & Warren Beatty; and Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Bell & Shepard have been together since 2007 and as of January 2010 are engaged to be married. On Howard Stern, Shepard […]

‘Premium Rush’ Review: Stellar Performances; Cheesy Plot

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has quickly become one of Hollywood’s top actors to watch this year. I’ve been watching his career ever since “Third Rock From the Sun” and “10 Things I Hate About You” and was blown away by his performance as the love-struck boyfriend in “(500) Days of Summer.” He was fantastic in Nolan’s “Inception,” […]

‘Lawless’ Review: Brilliant, Bad-Ass & Brutal

It’s rare when you have a film that includes stellar actors Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Jessica Chastain and it’s even more rare when they all star in a film that has such an intense story and is brilliantly directed. Director John Hillcoat (“The Road”) delivers the most violent and biting film of […]

‘Bachelorette’ Review: Crappy Characters Make Film Unlikable

The main problem with “Bachelorette” is its foul-mouthed, dirty, unlikable characters. How did such a fantastic group of actors get cast in this dark comedy that is all dark and no fun? There is seriously not one likable, good-hearted character in this movie. Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and Katie (Isla Fisher) are all […]

‘The Words’ Review: A Unique, Captivating Story

“The Words” tells the story of three men: Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a young man (Ben Barnes) and Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid). Directors and writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal start by introducing us to Rory, then slowly start to weave in the stories of the other men as the film progresses. Though some people […]

‘Resident Evil: Retribution 3D’ Review: When Will Alice Retire?

I have to admit; I have not seen the first four films in the wildly popular video game turned film series, “Resident Evil.” Before I went to the midnight movie, I did some research, reading some other reviews, how Alice got involved in the Umbrella Corporation and what makes her “super-human.” Obviously, the reviews of […]

‘Finding Nemo 3D’ Review: Pixar’s Classic Still Looks Amazing

“Finding Nemo” could be Pixar’s most enchanting film ever made. It brings us an amazing story of love and adventure, it’s colorful and has fantastic voice performances, especially from Alberts Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres. Director and screenwriter Andrew Stanton (“Wall-E,” “John Carter“) and voice talent, Brooks and DeGeneres, are signed on for the sequel set […]

‘Liberal Arts’ Review: Olsen Breathes Life Into Radnor’s Dramedy

Jesse (Josh Radnor) describes liberal arts colleges to a student in one sentence, “You can go up to everyone here and say, ‘I’m a poet,’ and no one will punch you in the face.” The line not only sums up the free-spirited, out-going students of Kenyon College (Radnor’s actual alma mater), a small liberal arts […]

‘Trouble With the Curve’ Review: Eastwood Has Grumpy Charm

When it comes to films about baseball, some favorites that immediately come to mind are “The Sandlot,” “The Natural,” “Angels in the Outfield,” “Major League,” and “Field of Dreams.” Growing up with a dad who loves the Baltimore Orioles and baseball, you can say I’ve had my fair share of baseball games, baseball movies and […]

’10 Years’ Review: A Realistic Look On Post-High School Life

“10 Years” is the type of movie that drops you right into the world of the characters, without any background information. Not only do I love learning about the characters from what takes place in the scenes to come, it’s extremely hard to compile a script of 10+ characters and introduce them to the audience […]

‘The Master’ Review: Brilliant Performances Lead Anderson’s Newest Film

I just hopped on the Paul Thomas Anderson bandwagon this year, finally getting around to see his two best films: “There Will Be Blood” and “Boogie Nights.” I’ve seen a few of the acclaimed director’s other films, too, like “Magnolia” and “Punch Drunk-Love,” but it’s been years, and I’d almost forgotten how unique his visual […]

‘Hotel Transylvania’ Review: Cute Family Fun For Halloween Time

It’s no question that director Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Transylvania” is equipped with a talented voice cast including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher and David Spade (who doesn’t love “The Emperor’s New Groove?”). Dracula (Adam Sandler) runs a luxury hotel for all types of supernatural beings including ghosts, werewolves, skeletons and mummies. His daughter, Mavis […]

‘Pitch Perfect’ Review: Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Dominate

“Pitch Perfect” is an amazing movie for three main reasons: 1) It plays homage to John Hughes’ films, 2) the hilarious Rebel Wilson, and 3) Anna Kendrick, who has the right to sing to me any day! I sat next to people in the theatre who despise “Glee” and all musical-type singing movies, and they […]

‘Looper’ Review: Gordon-Levitt & Johnson Succeed in Action Thriller

“Looper” is the only film I’ve seen this year, where after watching just the first 10 minutes, I knew it was going to be a 5/5. This isn’t the first time director and screenwriter Rian Johnson has teamed up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In 2006, Gordon-Levitt starred in “Brick,” which Johnson wrote and directed and was […]

‘Frankenweenie’ Review: Tim Burton is Back!

“Frankenweenie” is one of the best films of the year for three main reasons: 1.) The story is emotional, funny and relatable 2.) The stop-motion animation is creative and visually perfect and 3.) director and visionary storyteller Tim Burton is back in full form. In 1984, Burton wrote and directed a live-action, black and white […]

‘Butter’ Review: Fails At Political Satire

Jennifer Garner looked at one of the most popular (in one way or another) women in conservative politics and said, “I’m going to act like that.” At least, that’s what her portrayal of her character, Laura Pickler looked like. Garner sounds exactly like Governor Sarah Palin and dresses like Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, though the actress […]

‘Argo’ Review: Affleck’s Masterpiece Will Be Up for Oscar(s)

It’s 1979, in the middle of the Iranian Revolution. The U.S. Embassy in Tehran was invaded and 52 American citizens were taken prisoner, but in the midst of the chaos, six managed to get out and hide in Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor’s (Victor Garber) home. The six are Bob Anders (Tate Donovan), Joe Stafford (Scott […]

‘Alex Cross’ Review: Fantastic Fox Meets Cheesy Plot

“Alex Cross” is one of the most manipulative and unoriginal crime thrillers I’ve seen. Alex Cross was first covered by Morgan Freeman in “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came A Spider.” These films came out over a decade ago and were hardly a box-office hit. My guess is that this origin story of “Alex Cross” […]

‘Paranormal Activity 4’ Review: Scary Fun Fans Will Like

“Paranormal Activity 4” is set over a two-week span in November 2011, five years after the original. The first took place in California, but this one is set in Henderson, Nevada. The fourth installment centers on a suburban family’s 15-year-old daughter Alex (a fantastic performance by Kathryn Newton). Alex and the flirty boy-next-door Ben (Matt […]

‘The Sessions’ Review: John Hawkes Deserves Best Actor Nom

Poliomyelitis, defined by an acute viral disease, usually affecting children and young adults, caused by any of three polioviruses, characterized by inflammation of the motor neurons of the brain stem and spinal cord, and resulting in a motor paralysis, followed by muscular atrophy and often permanent deformities. Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) is 38 years […]

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Review: Clever, Original & Hilarious

Not since Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story” in 1995, has there been an animated film so clever, whimsical and original as “Wreck-It Ralph.” “Wreck-It Ralph” is similar to that of “Toy Story,” in that when the humans are away, the characters will come out to play. “Wreck-It Ralph” is a video game and is one of […]

‘Flight’ Review: Washington is Fantastic, Zemeckis is Back

Films that are driven by character studies are some of the most fascinating. Last year’s “Shame” was a brilliant, yet scary portrayal of a man (Michael Fassbender) suffering from sex addiction; this year’s “Smashed,” focuses on an alcoholic (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who struggles to shake her addiction; and one of the most famous and best […]

‘Lincoln’ Review: Day-Lewis Triumphs, Overall Film Dull

“Lincoln” is a film that has superb actors, an ambitious vision and a legendary director. Just because we have these three key ingredients, it doesn’t automatically mean the film is going to be spectacular, in this case anyway. “Lincoln” is not a biopic about our nation’s 16th president, it’s about the President pushing to end […]

‘Anna Karenina’ Review: Stylish, Erotic & Beautiful

Director Joe Wright brings the classic Tolstoy novel to life in a dark, theatrical manner. Wright casts his favorite leading lady, Keira Knightley as the film’s star to lead the story masterfully from start to finish. Anna (Knightley) begins to question her marriage to Aleksei Karenin (Jude Law), but overlooks it and tries to move […]

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II’ Review: Fans Will Flip Out

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” is a perfect example of how an anti-climatic ending in the book can be tweaked and changed for the better in the “movie world.” “Part II” picks right up where we left off in “Part I.” Bella (Kristen Stewart) wakes up after giving birth to her daughter Renesmee […]

‘Life of Pi’ Review: A Visionary Masterpiece

There are several 3D films that have come out this year, where the 3D doesn’t necessarily add anything to the story. For example, “Wreck-It Ralph” is one of the most original animated films we’ve seen in years and offers some of the year’s best voice performances, but the 3D doesn’t do anything for the film. […]

‘Hitchcock’ Review: One of the Year’s Best

“Hitchcock” is an astonishing portrait of one great filmmaker and his secret weapon behind his legendary films: his wife, Alma Reville. Director Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock” is a beautiful and genuine biopic of one of the most famous filmmakers of all time. The film frames the few months of Hitchcock’s (Anthony Hopkins) life while he was […]

‘Playing for Keeps’ Review: Hollywood Needs More Ideas in Rom-Com Genre

There are several different types of romantic comedies. There are the films that make their mark in romantic American cinema, like the classics “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”; there are the fun, memorable ones that my generation grew up with, like “She’s All That” and “10 Things I Hate About You”; and […]

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Review: 3D 48 FPS Looks Glorious!

Note: There are 6 different ways you can see “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the way I recommend seeing it is in 3D 48 frames per second (HFR or high frame rate). The film was NOT shot in IMAX, but the benefit of seeing it in IMAX is for the 9 minute long prologue […]

‘This is 40’ Review: So Disappointing

Judd Apatow had dropped the ball again this year. “The Five-Year Engagement” (which he produced) was one of the worst romantic comedies I’ve ever seen and “This is 40” is probably the most disappointing sequel, “sorta-sequels” or whatever else Apatow wants to qualify it as, that I’ve ever seen.   Apatow is calling “This is […]

‘Rust & Bone’ Review: Gritty French Drama with Great Performances

If you aren’t a fan of Katy Perry’s song “Firework,” you most likely will be after watching “Rust and Bone.” The song is given a whole new meaning paired with Marion Cotillard’s character, a woman struggling with the will to live again. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a single father who leaves the north of France […]

‘Les Misérables’ Review: Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe & Anne Hathaway

The most beloved musical of all time becomes a cinematic phenomenon in Tom Hooper’s direction of “Les Misérables.” As someone who has seen several theatrical versions (even the most recent one here in DC at the National Theatre) and who adores the Dream Cast Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, this film was easily my […]

‘Django Unchained’ Review: Tarantino’s Story is Wickedly Fantastic

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” is a complete masterpiece. The actors, screenplay, cinematography and direction are near perfection. Is the film violent? Yes. Is it controversial? Yes. Is it one of the years best? Yes. “Django” is two hours and 35 minutes long and every minute is necessary in this unbelievable story in which Tarantino pays […]

‘Gangster Squad’ Review: Brolin, Gosling, Penn Are Excellent

The time: 1949. The place: Los Angeles. The mean machine gangster: Mickey Cohen. Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is a Brooklyn born mob boss, who runs the town of Los Angeles. He controls the guns, drugs, prostitutes and several policeman and politicians whom he’s paid off. However, he doesn’t intimidate Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), who […]

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Review: Chastain is Marvelous

“I’m the mother f***** who found this place.” -Maya It’s dark, silent and after a little while we hear the panicked calls that were placed on the morning of 9/11 over a pitch-black screen. That’s the first minute of “Zero Dark Thirty” and every American’s heart breaks all over again. The film begins and we […]

‘The Last Stand’ Review: A Fun, But Not Fantastic Arnold Film

Let’s be clear, “The Last Stand” is not really a good film by any means, but it’s certainly good to have Arnold Schwarzenegger back up on-screen where he belongs! Arnold fans, like myself, have long waited for his next starring role. In 2012, he had a small, but essential role in “The Expendables 2” and […]

‘Parker’ Review: Statham Fans Will Like; J.Lo Fans Will Cringe

Statham and Lopez may make an attractive team, but that doesn’t mean they make an exemplary action duo. “Parker” is based off of the bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake and Jason Statham plays the same character that Mel Gibson played in 1999’s “Payback” and that Lee Marvin played in 1967’s “Point Blank.” Parker (Statham) […]

‘Movie 43’ Review: Provocative, Offensive, Plain Stupid

Yes, “Movie 43” is funny, weird and majorly offensive all at the same time, the problem is the funny doesn’t continue in the last hour and twenty minutes; the movie is a painful hour and a half long. “Movie 43” is one of those films that starts off as a 4/5, with the first story […]

‘Bullet to the Head’ Review: Less than Mediocre Sly Flick

Sylvester Stallone proves he can still kick a lot of butt and look cool doing it. But in Bullet to the Head, not only does the joke get old pretty quick; it’s a completely unmemorable film. New Orleans hitman James Bonomo (Stallone) reluctantly teams up with Detective Taylor Kwon (Fast Five’s Sung Kang) to find […]

‘Warm Bodies’ Review: Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer & John Malkovich

“I feel so lost, no, I mean I’m really lost, I’ve never been in this part of the airport before.” -R It’s that time of the year where Hollywood brings out all their clichéd romantic comedies to draw couples into the theatre during Valentine’s Day season. This review is to assure you that Warm Bodies […]

‘Identity Thief’ Review: McCarthy’s Charms Can’t Save Dreadful Comedy

The worst hour and 50 minutes I’ve spent in a theatre this year. That’s right folks, Identity Thief is a torturous experience featuring a messy script and a character so annoying and unlikable, she could be compared to Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Plain cringe-worthy. Director Seth Gordon’s (Horrible Bosses) Identity […]

‘A Good Die To Die Hard’ Review: Willis Can’t Save Tired Franchise

Moviegoers who walk in to the theatre to see A Good Day to Die Hard will leave the theatre thinking the best thing they got from that movie was its title. The main problems with A Good Day to Die Hard: the villain is terrible, the actors fall victim to a been-there-done-that screenplay and Willis […]

‘Safe Haven’ Review: Sparks’s Romance Perfect for Valentine’s Day

A small North Carolina town on the water, two beautiful people finding love after struggle, lots of letters and surprising twists make up the Nicholas Sparks story formula; and for his newest film adaption Safe Haven, it positively adds up. Nicholas Sparks has written 17 novels, seven of them turned to films, with Safe Haven […]

’21 & OVER’ Review: Forced Comedy Doesn’t Measure Up to HANGOVER

The first thing readers are going to say when they read my headline is “Lauren, you can’t expect every drinking comedy to be as funny as The Hangover!” But I’m comparing 21 & Over to The Hangover because both films have the same writers and one script is tremendously better than the other. Here’s a […]

‘Dead Man Down’ Review: Starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace & Terrence Howard

Noomi Rapace reunites with Niels Arden Oplev, who directed her in the 2009 Swedish film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Oplev makes his American theatrical debut with Dead Man Down and although there are definite similarities in the two films, Dead Man Down is significantly worse than his acclaimed Dragon Tattoo. Victor (Colin Farrell) […]

‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Review: James Franco & Michelle Williams Are Marvelous

“I don’t want to be a good man…. I want to be a great one.” -Oz In 1939 Warner Brothers released The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton and Billie Burke. The film remains a classic for young and old and the visuals are more spectacular than many films that have come out […]

‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’: A Funny & Magical Cinematic Escape

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a perfect example of how a completely funny and cheery film can come from a goofy and terrible trailer. When a film has a bad trailer it means one of two things: Either the studio purposefully made a not great trailer, so people would see the film and say “Oh […]

‘The Croods’ Review: The Perfect Animated Family Film

Dreamworks’s newest animated feature has everything a family friendly film needs: interesting characters, lots of laughs, vibrant scenery and a lot of heart. The Croods is the animated 3D experience of the year and one that you don’t want to miss while in theatres. As the film opens we are introduced to one of the […]

‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Review: Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart & Angela Bassett

We’re only in March of 2013, but this year has already seen many less than average action films. A Good Day to Die Hard, Bullet to the Head and Dean Man Down were all letdowns, so I was completely thankful when I walked out of the theatre of Antoine Fuqua’s newest film, Olympus Has Fallen […]

‘Admission’ Review: Nothing Romantic About This Comedy

Any film that makes the lovely and talented Tina Fey look like an idiot has got to be garbage. Admission is a weird and messily directed film with a terrible screenplay. In the trailers, Admission is marketed as a romantic comedy focusing on a woman who is struggling to find happiness and one who is […]

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Review: Chu’s Action Can’t Beat Dumb Plot

The good news is that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is 10x better than the original, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra; the bad news is that even behind all the muscular and handsome talent, the film is still not great. To give you a little background, the film’s release date was delayed eight months so that […]

‘The Host’ Review: Fans of Meyer’s Sci-Fi Novel Will Enjoy

Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight Saga” has a completely separate fan base than that of her adult novel, “The Host.” I don’t foresee thousands of Twilight fans flocking to the theatres this weekend to check out The Host because “Nothing will ever be as pure and good as Bella and Edward’s relationship!!” With that being said, The […]

‘Jurassic Park 3D’ Review: Spielberg’s Sci-Fi Thriller Remains a Masterpiece

There are only a few films that still hold up decades after their release date. Titanic was re-released into the theatres last year, celebrating its 15th anniversary in beautifully converted 3D, gracefully enhancing the story as it unfolds on screen. Films like Titanic, Jurassic Park and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are better than many films […]

‘The Place Beyond The Pines’ Review: A Gritty, Shocking and Emotional Drama

The Place Beyond The Pines is a beautiful, emotional and realistic story of how one man’s legacy comes full circle within the life of his son. Derek Clanfrance’s (Blue Valentine) film is not an easy one to watch; but when the film ends, you’ll walk out knowing that you just saw a remarkable and honest […]

’42’ Review: Baseball Fans Will Enjoy Jackie Robinson Biopic

Baseball movies will never get old in my book. You could have a less than average screenplay about a baseball film and it would still be enjoyable. I grew up around baseball fanatics who grinded America’s favorite pastime into my brain whether I liked it or not. America’s game is special, powerful and an all-around […]

‘Trance’ Review: Boyle’s Thriller is a Brilliant Mind-Bender

Fans on Inception: This is a film for you. Prepare to have your mind warped, shocked and whipped in director/writer Danny Boyle’s (127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire) newest thriller, Trance. Simon (James McAvoy) is a fine art auctioneer, working in London at one of the most prestigious art houses in the world. In order to […]

‘To the Wonder’ Review: Malick’s Melodrama Misses Key Ingredient

Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder feels like The Tree of Life on antidepressants. I liked The Tree of Life, but I admired the film more than I will say I understood it. No matter how beautiful and glorious the cinematography is in a film, the story is always the most important. In The Tree of […]

‘Oblivion’ Review: Kosinski’s Sci-Fi Spectacle Leaves Questions, Confusion

Oblivion may leave a lot of viewers confused, but one thing’s for sure about director Joseph Kosinski’s (TRON: Legacy) newest sci-fi film: Tom Cruise is stellar. A sci-fi thriller should leave questions unanswered and up for speculation, that just comes with the genre; but if you’re questioning the plot for half of the film, the […]

‘Pain & Gain’ Review: Not a Favorite Michael Bay Flick

I want to be clear from the get-go here. I’m a Michael Bay fan and I’m proud to say it. Armageddon, Transformers, The Rock and Pearl Harbor are all good, entertaining films, and the action-packed director doesn’t deserve a lot of the hate he gets from critics. In fact, I think Armageddon is in the […]

‘The Big Wedding’ Review: A Massive Waste of Talent

It’s completely acceptable to watch and enjoy a predictable, fun, feel-good romantic comedy. But if that comedy is manipulative and treats the viewers as children, then it cheapens the film, making it unbearable to watch. There are two main problems with The Big Wedding: the screenplay treats the audience as idiots, inserting plot devices just […]

‘Iron Man 3’ Review: This Summer’s First Spectacular Film

Note: I saw this film in 3D, but would not recommend seeing it in 3D since it wasn’t shot that way and doesn’t add to the film. See it in 2D and save a few bucks! Stay after the credits for a nice little surprise. This is a spoiler-free review. Iron Man 3 is the […]

‘The Great Gatsby’ Review: Luhrmann Breathes New Life Into Classic Tale

If you are a fan of director Baz Luhrmann’s previous films Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, I don’t see how you will be disappointed or underwhelmed by his take of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, “The Great Gatsby.” Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby is spectacular, whimsical and daring. What’s more, Hollywood’s most versatile actor Leonardo DiCaprio […]

‘The Hangover Part III’ Review: The Wolfpack Returns For Its Final Act

Note: Stay after the initial end credits for one of the best scenes in the franchise. The Hangover Part III is a step up from the sequel, has a few good laughs, but nothing can touch the first film of the Wolfpack franchise. Although I enjoyed much of Part III, the sequels should have never […]

‘Fast & Furious 6’ Review: Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel & Michelle Rodriguez

The Fast & Furious franchise is certainly a peculiar one. An extremely fun time at the theatres, no doubt about that, but how is it that average-ranking films about racecars, muscle guys and half-naked women make its way to blockbuster status? Usually a series of films doesn’t last this long, especially when the third installment […]

‘Now You See Me’ Review: Star-Studded Cast Makes For a Fun Flick

Now You See Me is a mind-blowing and entertaining story that will keep you guessing till the end. Although at times, it’s a little too smart for its own good, the star-studded cast is fantastic, especially Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco. Director Louis Leterrier’s (Clash of the Titans) film is a compilation of several genres. […]

‘After Earth’ Review: Shyamalan’s Newest Film Is A Let Down

Who would’ve thought that director and screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan would eventually become a laughing stock? The director who made films like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable then made films like The Happening, The Last Airbender and now After Earth. After Earth isn’t completely terrible, but it’s more terrible than it is good or enjoyable. […]

‘The Purge’ Review: Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey & Rhys Wakefield

The Purge is one of the movies that has an intriguing premise, but is cheapened by clichéd thriller scares and stupid decisions made by the characters. What could have been one of the most memorable and intense films of the year turns out to be just another typical “scary movie.” It’s the year 2022 and […]

‘The Internship’ Review: Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson & Josh Gad

There’s no doubt that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have impeccable chemistry. 2005’s Wedding Crashers is considered one of the best comedies of the last decade and its certain that audiences and critics alike were excited about an onscreen reunion for the funny duo in The Internship. Well, it really could not have been more […]

‘This Is the End’ Review: Self-Deprecating Gross-Out Comedy is a Fun Ride

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s newest film, This Is the End is the type of comedy that will please both critics and fans alike. If you enjoy the comedy style of the duo’s earlier films (Superbad and Pineapple Express), you will more than likely laugh out loud several times during this dark comedy about the […]

‘Man of Steel’ Review: Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams & Michael Shannon

Note: The film was converted into 3D and the 3D doesn’t enhance the film at all. I recommend seeing the film in 2D, which I will be doing again this weekend. This is a spoiler-free review. It’s hard to sit here and write a review when all I want to do is walk right back […]

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Review: Charming, Romantic & Hilarious

This is a film that everyone should see. Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is the best and most charming romantic comedy we will see all year. The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the director of The Avengers adds his unique touch to Shakespeare’s love story. Who couldn’t love a tale where the […]

‘World War Z’ Review: Newest Zombie Flick Gives Scares But Lacks Emotion

Note: I saw the film in 2D, the film was not shot in 3D, so I recommend seeing it in 2D. Gerry (Brad Pitt), a former U.N. employee, lives with his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) and two young daughters Constance (Sterling Jerins) and Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) in the Philadelphia suburbs. There is a new epidemic […]

‘The Bling Ring’ Review: Coppola’s New Film Focuses on Fame Obsessed Youth

Inspired by actual events that took place between October 2008 through August 2009, Sofia Coppola (Somewhere and Marie Antoinette) wrote and directed The Bling Ring, a story about fame-obsessed teenagers who robbed celebrities’ homes. Coppola’s screenplay is based off of the Vanity Fair article written by Nancy Jo Sales titled, “The Suspect Wore Louboutins.” Coppola […]

‘Monsters University’ Review: Pixar’s Best Movie Since ‘Toy Story 3’

Note: Pixar always releases a short before their feature films. This short is titled The Blue Umbrella. The animation is so fantastic it almost looks like real-life and the score that surrounds the short film is beautiful and enchanting. If you decide to see Monsters University in theatres, make sure you get there on time […]

‘White House Down’ Review: Emmerich Doesn’t Please This DC Girl

The best thing that’s come from White House Down is the extremely hilarious and inappropriate Channing All Over Your Tatum music video on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” It’s a sin if you haven’t watched it by now. In fact, it’s so good, don’t even read this review and just watch it again. I’ve provided it below […]

Despicable Me 2 Review: A Satisfying Minion-Friendly Sequel

We’ve seen a few fantastic animated films release this year. DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods was original and fun and last month Disney Pixar’s Monsters University, the satisfying prequel to the 2001 film brought in over $170 million at the box office. Universal Pictures’s sequel to the wildly successful 2010 film Despicable Me had their work […]

‘The Way, Way Back’ Review: The Indie Hit of the Summer!

There’s only a few films a year that you go into, thinking they are going to be completely ordinary and end up surprising the heck out of you. The Way Way Back is one of those films and it certainly stands out among this summer’s blockbusters, making it one of the best films of the […]

‘The Lone Ranger’ Review: Depp Gives Life to Mediocre Western

The Lone Ranger is one of those movies that everyone knows about, but no one actually wants to see. Think about it. Do you know anyone who is saying, “I can’t wait for The Lone Ranger! Ahh!” Everyone knows it’s the new movie where Johnny Depp is wearing black and white face paint…but that’s about […]

‘Pacific Rim’ Review: Hunnam Stars in Summer Fun Sci-Fi Thriller

DC Film Girl’s Note: See the film in 2D and stay through the credits. Giant robots? Alien monsters? Charlie Hunnam??? What’s not to like here? Pacific Rim is a summer spectacle full of action, emotion and striking visuals. From director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy & Pan’s Labyrinth), Pacific Rim follows humanity’s battle against a race […]

‘Turbo’ Review: Classic Underdog Story Goes Snail

Whoever thought that snails would be the focus of an enjoyable 3D animated film one day? It seems like animation has brought almost everything to life…cars, bugs, monsters, minions, robots, planes and even a toaster (remember that one?)! DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo may be the best underdog story we’ll see all year. Why? We’ve got a […]

‘The Conjuring’ Review: Wilson & Farmiga Lead Intense Horror Flick

The Conjuring is the scariest film I’ve seen in recent memory. Director James Wan (Insidious and Saw) pays homage to classic horror films like The Shining, Poltergeist, The Birds and The Exorcist. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are excellent and the screenplay is wickedly awesome. Did I mention this movie scared me out of my […]

‘Only God Forgives’ Review: Haunting, Beautiful, But Empty at the Core

Director and screenwriter Nicolas Winding Refn has made several interesting and versatile films since he started in Hollywood. Those include the Pusher series, Bronson, Valhalla Rising and my all-time favorite, Drive. Drive is one of the best films of the last five years. Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan have impeccable chemistry, the screenplay is thrilling […]

‘Fruitvale Station’: The Most Emotionally Engaging Film of the Year

Note: Normally, I wouldn’t write a review and publish it a few days after its release date, but this film moved me and shook me to the core, I just had to write a quick review. I can’t remember the last time I cried during a movie. Like, really embarrassingly cried in the theatre. By […]

‘The To-Do List’ Review: Teen Sex Comedy Lacks Likable Heroine

The To Do List is full of ‘90s nostalgia, hilarious one-liners and a talented ensemble of comedic actors. Director and writer Maggie Carey’s film had a lot of promise with it being the first teen sex comedy from a female perspective. It’s too bad that the film’s lead character is an idiotic good-girl-gone-wild with absolutely […]

‘The Wolverine’ Review: Jackman is Back in Action-Packed Summer Fun

Considering the last time we saw Hugh Jackman flash those retractable claws in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, (a major disappointment), this film is pretty darn good. The Wolverine picks up not long after 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, where Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) was forced to kill Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) after she turned into her […]

‘The Canyons’ Review: Lohan is Back in Schrader’s Erotic Thriller

Lindsay Lohan is back in director Paul Schrader’s newest film about a trio of young adults who live in the Laurel Canyons neighborhood in Los Angeles. Screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis wrote an erotic thriller that certainly has some American Psycho moments. Christian (James Deen) is an LA trust-fund kid who produces movies to pass the […]

‘We’re the Millers’ Review: Aniston & Sudeikis Team Up In Thriller Comedy

Earlier this year, we saw This is the End, which including Hollywood’s A-list comedians playing heightened versions of themselves. It was hysterical, but ended up being a bit forgettable in the weeks after its release. In a year where we haven’t seen too many comedies, Warner Bros. Pictures’ latest film, We’re the Millers, starring Jason […]

‘Lovelace’ Movie Review: Seyfried Shines in Linda Lovelace Biopic

Linda Lovelace is said to be the most famous porn star of all-time because of her role in the 1972 film Deep Throat, which is cited to have made over $600 million. Deep Throat became wildly popular with mainstream audiences and brought pornography into popular culture. It also put Linda Lovelace at the top of […]

‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’: Whitaker and Winfrey Star in Oscar-Bait Film

After the first 10 minutes of watching Lee Daniels’ The Butler (I still wished they could’ve kept with the original name), I was hooked. The story of this young man, who worked in a cotton farm as a boy, where he witnessed his father getting shot right in front of him, grew up to work […]

‘Kick-Ass 2’ Review: ATJ & CGM Return for Action-Filled Sequel

I think we can all agree that the best part of the Kick-Ass films is Hit Girl, played by the amazingly talented Chloe Grace Moretz. It’s CGM that makes this character so interesting, scary and awesome all at the same time. Although Aaron Taylor-Johnson is great as our lead character, Kick-Ass, I’m pretty sure its […]

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ Review: A Fantasy Film Only Tweens Could Adore

We’ve seen several different young adult bestsellers come to life on the big screen. Many exploded and attracted new fans like the Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games, which both broke box office records and made millions. Other films including this year’s Beautiful Creatures and Stephenie Meyer’s The Host bombed at the box office and […]

‘You’re Next’ Review: The Best Horror Film of the Year

How is it that two of the best horror films of the past few years were sitting on the shelf for years before a studio picked them up? Luckily, Lionsgate picked up Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods, one of my favorite films of last year and one of the most original horror films […]

‘One Direction: This is Us’ Review: Spurlock’s Musical Doc on the English-Irish Boy Band

The musical documentary is becoming quite popular in Hollywood lately. In 2011, there was Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, in which director Jon Chu gave us a first-hand account of how the young singer became one of the most famous pop-stars in the world. Just last year, the same studio Paramount Pictures, released Katy Perry: […]

‘Getaway’ Review: The Most Boring Action Film of the Past Decade

Getaway could have been a successful five-minute short film about the Shelby Super Snake Mustang. It’s the hour and 25 minutes around the five decent minutes that are completely horrible and nauseating. Director Courtney Solomon’s Getaway is the one of the most boring action films I’ve ever seen. The action scenes are so fast-paced and […]

‘Riddick’ Review: A Diesel Packed Cheesy Sci-Fi Flick

The third installment to the Riddick film franchise features a few good action sequences where Vin Diesel gets to kick some alien butt and some human butt, too. It’s also overlong with a slow middle that’s filled with greasy bad guys and cheesy puns. Maybe these movies are just geared towards guys, but I have […]

‘The Family’ Review: A Satirical Comedy-Action-Thriller

When you walk in to see The Family, just remember not to take it seriously. In essence, Robert De Niro is making fun of himself and maybe that will piss off fans of the mafia-charged movies or maybe it will give them a big laugh. Also, if you adore Goodfellas, there’s a special surprise in […]

‘Prisoners’ Review: Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal & Paul Dano

How far would you go to protect a loved one? Would you compromise your morals to make sure your child returned home safely? Director Denis Villeneve’s (2011’s Incendies) Prisoners is a dark and intense look on how a major loss violently disrupts us and how it can challenge our values. It’s Thanksgiving in a quiet […]

‘Rush’ Review: Ron Howard’s Racing Drama is a Winner

Rush is one of those films where the studio releases a weak trailer, because they aren’t quite sure how to market the movie. The first trailer looked like a melodramatic soap opera; the second trailer was 100% Chris Hemsworth, in attempt to persuade the female audience to flock to the theatre; and the final trailer […]

‘Don Jon’ Review: Gordon-Levitt’s Directorial Debut is Fantastic

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the best actors working today. He’s proven his versatility with films like Brick, Inception, (500) Days of Summer and Looper. By starring in unconventional romantic comedies to original thought-provoking thrillers, you can’t stereotype this actor into one genre. Now the actor has added directing and writing to his list of […]

‘Baggage Claim’ Review: Cliched & Cheesy Rom-Com Reuses Old Storyline

In the first 15 minutes of Baggage Claim, there is a slow-motion love scene that is the cheesiest (and funniest) two minutes I’ve seen in movies all year. People were laughing in the audience to the point of snoring and the eye rolls were so outstanding I could practically hear them. That’s when I knew […]

‘Gravity’ Review: Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

Watching Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is the closest I could possibly know what being in space might feel like. There are a few memorable films about life in space including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13 and even Armageddon; but Gravity is different. In Gravity, there are no flashbacks to life on Earth, no shots of […]

‘Captain Phillips’ Review: Tom Hanks is Remarkable in this True Story

Tom Hanks has been my favorite actor ever since I saw him in Forrest Gump when I was in elementary school. I could list all of his amazing performances from You’ve Got Mail to Cast Away to The Green Mile, even Toy Story! I could go on and on. Earlier this year I saw the […]

’12 Years a Slave’ Review: Honest, Courageous & Wonderfully Acted

“I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” –Solomon Northup Director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is this year’s unforgettable instant classic. Based on the book of the same name, 12 Years a Slave takes place in the 1800s and tells the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man who was […]

‘Carrie’ Review: Chloe Grace Moretz Amazes in the Title Role

Everyone is calling director Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie a “reimagining” or a remake of the 1976 Brian De Palma film. That may be the case, but after watching the film, comparing Peirce’s film to the 1976 horror classic would be doing the film an injustice. In my opinion, this Carrie is more of an adaptation of […]

‘The Counselor’ Review: Fassbender is Excellent, But Film Lacks Thrills

The Counselor is an interesting movie because it’s unlike anything director Ridley Scott (2012’s Prometheus) has ever done. But on the other hand, The Counselor is not an outstanding movie, because Cormac McCarthy’s (2007’s No Country for Old Men) screenplay allows for no character development and comes off as pretentious, confusing and at times boring. […]

‘Last Vegas’ Review: Huge Talent Barely Lifts Lazy Screenplay

Last Vegas is an excuse for some Hollywood A-listers to get together, hang out, beat up guys half their age and score a major paycheck. Last Vegas could’ve been the older generation’s version of The Hangover, but instead it succumbs to a cheesy screenplay and mediocre laughs. Spray-tanned sixty-something Billy (Michael Douglas) spontaneously proposes to […]

‘Ender’s Game’ Review: Butterfield & Hood Bring the Best-Selling Novel to Life

Ender’s Game is one of those science fiction novel adaptations that both fans of the book and novices can enjoy. I’d never heard of Orson Scott Card’s novel until this year, but its safe to say that his novel has a major following with several sequels that followed. The book was published in 1994 and […]

‘About Time’ Review: Richard Curtis Delivers This Year’s Feel-Good Film

Director/writer Richard Curtis (2003’s Love Actually) steps up his game in the romantic comedy genre by adding a more serious underlying theme in his newest film. His typical rom-com flair is pushed to the side a bit in order to unveil a more mature and serious subject that shows how important it is to live […]

‘The Best Man Holiday’ Review: Faith-Based Comedy Has Laughs & Heart

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are bound to see some new Christmas movies hit the big screen and some favorites that always replay on television the closer we get to the holiday. But how many of those movies actually show the true meaning of Christmas? It’s refreshing to find out that The Best […]

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Review: Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Woody Harrelson

This is a complete fangirl (and spoiler-free) review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Coming from someone who has just finished re-reading Suzanne Collins’ “Catching Fire” for the second time, there couldn’t have been a more perfect novel adaptation than what director Francis Lawrence (2011’s Water for Elephants) did here. Not only will Catching Fire […]

‘Frozen’ Review: Disney’s Back With A Magical Musical This Holiday Season

Walt Disney Picture’s 53rd animated feature film is classic Disney wrapped up in an icy blue and white gift box just in time for the holidays. The musical numbers are memorable and spectacular, the characters are amazingly likable and the message of the film isn’t the predictable one you might expect. Although it’s not my […]

‘Out of the Furnace’ Review: Christian Bale Leads Small-Town Drama

It’s been four years since filmmaker Scott Cooper surprised Tinseltown with his writing/directorial debut Crazy Heart, which earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar. In his most recent film, distributed by Relativity Media, Cooper returns to writing and directing a drama about two working class brothers in small-town Pennsylvania. If you loved Crazy Heart, appreciate the magnificent […]

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Review: Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson Are Incredible

Can I just start this review saying I absolutely adore movies about movies? From 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain to more recent editions like 2011’s My Week With Marilyn and 2012’s Hitchcock, what film critic can resist the charms of a movie within a movie? Walt Disney Pictures’ newest film Saving Mr. Banks tells the […]

‘American Hustle’ Review: Russell’s Newest Film Will Make You Love the ’70s

There’s so much to love and praise in director and writer David O. Russell’s newest film. The original screenplay is based off of one of craziest scandals to rock the late ‘70s and features dozens of hilarious moments, several plunging neckline dresses, disco ball dances, combed over hair pieces, Jerry-curl perms, heavy New Jersey accents, […]

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Review: DiCaprio’s Best Performance To Date

The Wolf of Wall Street marks the fifth collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio (previously Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island). I adore Martin Scorsese and I love Leonardo DiCaprio, so when these two team up for a film, it’s the purest movie magic of all and […]

‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Review: Stiller’s Magical Comedy Fun for Everyone

If you’re looking for a feel-good, family friendly flick with a touch of comedy this holiday season, Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the movie for you. This isn’t Stiller’s usual wacky comedy like Zoolander or Tropic Thunder; Stiller broadens his directorial range and acting skills in this film about a daydreamer […]

‘Lone Survivor’ Review: Patriotic, Courageous & Brutal

Lone Survivor is extremely well acted, realistically shot and one of the most patriotic films I’ve seen in years. At the end of the film, you will feel especially proud to be an American and have even more respect for the men who fight for our country. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Lone […]

‘The Monuments Men’ Review: Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett

I can’t remember the last time I felt more blasé about a film with an immensely talented cast and director. The Monuments Men is a film about incredible people who did something extraordinary, yet the characters were given little to no backstory and felt disconnected from the cause and each other. With the exception of […]

‘Winter’s Tale’ Review: Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Russell Crowe

I can’t remember the last time I saw a romantic movie that I despised. Coming from a critic and more importantly, a fangirl, who is obsessed with romantic films and stories, Winter’s Tale couldn’t have been more disappointing and boring. Based on the popular ‘80s novel by Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale tells the story of […]

‘About Last Night’ Review: Starring Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart & Regina Hall

Kevin Hart is one of the funniest actors and comedians in Hollywood. For someone who usually isn’t a fan of stand-up comedy, I thoroughly enjoyed his film last year titled Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and he always manages to steal every scene he’s in. The main problem in About Last Night, is that there’s […]

‘3 Days To Kill’ Review: Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard & Hailee Steinfeld

There are pros and cons to any film with a simplistic plot. One could argue that McG’s (2012’s This Means War) is a fun action film where the good guy is to trying to stop the bad guy or one could say that the plot isn’t detailed enough and there’s not enough character development for […]

‘Non-Stop’ Review: Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore & Michelle Dockery

There’s nothing wrong with a cheesy action popcorn fun movie, especially one that stars Liam Neeson. But director Jaume Collett-Serra’s (2011’s Unknown) newest film sells its talent short with a screenplay that features a hideous 9/11 reference and an underdeveloped villain. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is aboard a non-stop flight to London when […]

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Review: Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green & Lena Headey

No Spartans and less than ten minutes of Queen Lena Headey are the two dreadful things I remember about this sequel to Zac Snyder’s campy 2007 film 300. Also, no Michael Fassbender and no Gerard Butler. I know that couldn’t really be helped, but it does put a damper on the film, especially when the […]

‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ Review: Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles & Ariel Winter

“Why can’t children be simple?” asks Mr. Peabody. Leonardo da Vinci responds, “Children are not machines Peabody! I tried to build one, it was creepy.” DreamWorks Animation’s newest film is based off of the short segments titled, “Peabody’s Improbable History” that aired during “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” in the 1960s. Directed by Rob Minkoff, […]

‘Need For Speed’ Review: Starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots & Dominic Cooper

Need For Speed transcends everything I thought a video game adaptation film could be. Yes, there are a lot of car chases, car crashes, a few explosions and even a scene right out of the actual video game where a helicopter picks up a sports car. But underlying all of those stereotypical scenes that we […]

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Review: Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori & Saoirse Ronan

Is there a more picturesque and articulate director working today than Wes Anderson? Wes Anderson’s movies always bring me joy, from the interesting characters he creates to the visionary cinematography and filmography he uses to make the movie. 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom was not only one of the best films of that year but the most […]

‘Veronica Mars’ Review: Starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring & Enrico Colantoni

It’s here y’all. After finishing a complete binge watching of the entire Veronica Mars series only a few weeks ago, I’ve been counting down the days for this fan kickstarter film to be released. Die-hard VM fans have been waiting for this day since 2007, when the show shockingly ended after only three seasons. What […]

‘Nymphomaniac Volume I’ Review: Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin & Shia LaBeouf

Director and writer Lars von Trier (2011’s Melancholia) uses his distinctive grim-like storytelling as we follow a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who recounts her erotic experiences to a man after he has saved her from an aggressive beating. Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) has just discovered Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) nearly beaten to death in the streets of London. When […]

‘Divergent’ Review: Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James & Kate Winslet

“I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and honest, and kind.” –Four in Divergent Lionsgate Films and Summit Entertainment aren’t novices when producing novel turned film adaptations. The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games films broke box office records and are considered wildly popular among teens and young adults. The studio is hoping […]

‘Sabotage’ Review: Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington & Olivia Williams

Arnold fans…this isn’t the film we were hoping for or expecting. 2013’s The Last Stand wasn’t the best, but at least it offered a few good one-liners and brought Arnold back to the type of character that is enjoyable to watch. In his newest film Sabotage, Arnold plays a kickass DEA agent, out for revenge. […]

‘Noah’ Review: Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Emma Watson

It’s one of the most famous biblical epics and told through the eyes of visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (2010’s Black Swan), Noah is a cinematic experience fueled by strong performances, gorgeous cinematography and a memorable score. Based off the story that is told in The Book of Genesis in The Old Testament of The Bible, […]

‘The Raid 2’ Review: Starring Iko Uwais, Yahan Ruhian, Arifin Putra

Is there a more articulate and passionate action director working today than Gareth Evans? 2012’s The Raid: Redemption was not only the best foreign language film that year, but one of the best action movies I’ve ever seen. The Raid 2 takes place shortly after The Raid, where Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais) fought through […]

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review: Starring Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson & Samuel L. Jackson

In perhaps the most stand alone Marvel film since 2008’s Iron Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier might be the best Marvel film in the Avengers world. Worlds better than the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger, it almost seems like the two films are black and white in the action hero movie universe. […]

‘Draft Day’ Review: Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner & Denis Leary

It’s really almost impossible for me not to like a Kevin Costner film. Earlier this year the action-thriller 3 Days to Kill didn’t sit well with most critics, but you can’t deny that Costner was an excellent lead. The 59-year-old actor has done practically every film genre and in Draft Day, he plays an NFL […]

‘Under the Skin’ Review: Starring Scarlett Johansson

Under the Skin is one of those films that is equally hypnotic in its gorgeous visuals as it is in our lead actress’ performance. With 2003’s Lost in Translation, last year’s Don Jon and Her, and now Under the Skin, can I just go ahead and say that Scarlett Johansson is one of the best […]

‘Transcendence’ Review: Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall & Paul Bettany

It’s always tricky when a successful cinematographer or producer takes the director’s chair on a movie. Wally Pfister, who is Christopher Nolan’s trusted cinematographer and has shot all of his films from 2000’s Memento to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, takes the director’s seat for the first time in Transcendence. A film so full of […]

‘The Other Woman’ Review: Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann & Kate Upton

There are two big (and hilarious) reasons you should flock to the theatre this weekend to see Nick Cassavetes’ (2004’s The Notebook) new film and they are Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. Diaz, who is known for her comedic skills in films like There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels and The Holiday and Mann, who […]

‘Neighbors’ Review: Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron & Rose Byrne

Seth Rogen has come a long way since his breakout role as goofy police Officer Michaels in 2007’s Superbad, which he co-wrote with his best friend Evan Goldberg. Rogen and Goldberg have collaborated on several films together including 2008’s Pineapple Express and last year’s This Is the End. While Rogen stars in Neighbors and Goldberg […]

‘Godzilla’ Review: Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston & Elizabeth Olsen

What better way to really begin the summer movie season than a re-visiting of the classic 1954 film Godzilla? A film about a gigantic creature rising up from the Pacific Ocean near Tokyo, stirring up mayhem for Earth’s inhabitants. Just when you thought that wasn’t enough to whisk yourself away to the theatre, this remake […]

‘Palo Alto’ Review: Starring Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer & James Franco

Emma Roberts has become one of the most promising young actresses in Hollywood. She was fantastic earlier this year in Adult World, last year in We’re the Millers and even as Sydney Prescott’s deranged cousin in Scream 4. But in the past, Roberts has played a part in films that weren’t necessarily up to par […]

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Review: Starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence

If you are a Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence or Hugh Jackman fan, a Marvel comic book fanatic or just someone who loves superhero movies in general, you will love X-Men Days of Future Past. If you adored 2000’s X-Men and 2003’s X-Men 2 and couldn’t take all of the craziness in 2006’s X-Men: The Last […]

‘Maleficent’ Review: Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning & Sharlto Copley

Is there a bigger Queen in Hollywood than Angelina Jolie? It’s amazing how the actress who wore a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck and was kissing her brother after her Oscar win is the same actress who is now engaged to Brad Pitt, has six children, remains at the top of […]

‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Review: Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron & Amanda Seyfried

The main problem with Seth MacFarlane’s (2012’s Ted) newest film is that there needed to be way more jokes about the West and way less gross-out humor that we have seen a million times before. Luckily we have Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron’s undeniable chemistry and charm that manages to carry the film. Set in […]

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Review: Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort & Laura Dern

Novel adaptations are steadily on the rise in Hollywood. From Harry Potter to The Hunger Games and most recently Divergent (also starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort), these films have been some of Tinseltown’s most successful. Later this year the popular novels “If I Stay” and “The Maze Runner” will also be released on the […]

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Review: Starring Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera & Cate Blanchett

Sorry Daenerys Targaryen, but Toothless may be the most adorable dragon ever. He won over our hearts in 2010 when DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon was released and now four years later he’s back with his dragon training bestie Hiccup (Jay Baruchel). When it comes to animation, it’s especially hard to match the […]

’22 Jump Street’ Review: Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill & Ice Cube

Is there a better on-screen bromance than Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill? Or a better off-screen bromance for that matter? When we all learned that Tatum and Hill would be joining forces in 2012’s 21 Jump Street, a few things went through our mind: These two actors are completely different, how will they act together? […]

‘Enemy’ Review: Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Gadon & Melanie Laurent

Jake Gyllenhaal re-teaming with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve ended up producing one of the best and most thought-provoking films of the year. Enemy is a mystery, drama, and thriller and horror story all combined into one genius film that has an ending so mind-blowing and shocking that it will be studied and discussed for years […]

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Review: Starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci & Kelsey Grammer

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox…you were really missed. The Transformers films have just not been the same since Fox left the franchise after 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. 2007’s Transformers is everything a good action movie should be and it certainly has the best screenplay and storyline out of all four films. Even though […]

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Review: Starring Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis & Keri Russell

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the first film of the year with significant sci-fi and CGI achievement. It’s hard to believe these apes are not real and instead actors are behind the CGI characters. Using motion capture suits and cameras that capture the facial expressions of the actor, animals have never looked […]

‘Furious 7’ Review: Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel & Michelle Rodriguez

Furious 7 has been one of the most anticipated films of 2015. With the Fast & Furious franchise earning over $2.3 billion worldwide at the box office since the original film was released in 2001, the franchise has proven to grow even stronger and gain even more fans in these last few years. When Paul […]

Lauren reviews ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ and ‘Ben is Back’

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse: 4/5 Mary Queen of Scots: 3.5/5 Ben is Back: 4.5/5

Lauren reviews ‘Aquaman’, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, ‘Bumblebee’ & ‘Bird Box’

Aquaman: 3/5 Mary Poppins Returns: 3/5 Bumblebee: 4/5 Bird Box: 4/5 (Netflix)

Lauren reviews ‘Aquaman’, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, ‘Bumblebee’ & ‘Bird Box’

Aquaman: 3/5 Mary Poppins Returns: 3/5 Bumblebee: 4/5 Bird Box: 4/5 (Netflix)

Lauren reviews ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ & What is Streaming on Netflix!

Crazy Rich Asians: 4.5/5 stars The Guernsey Literary and the Potato Peel Pie Society: 4/5 stars To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Avengers: Infinity War: 5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Rampage’ and ‘Truth or Dare’

Rampage: 3.5/5 stars Truth or Dare: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Ready Player One’

Ready Player One: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’

A Wrinkle in Time: 2.5/5 stars The Strangers: Prey at Night: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Black Panther’ and interviews Jennifer Lawrence for ‘Red Sparrow’

Black Panther: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Fifty Shades Freed’

Fifty Shades Freed: 4/5 stars The Cloverfield: Paradox: 2/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Den of Thieves’ and ’12 Strong’

Den of Thieves: 4/5 stars 12 Strong: 4/5 stars

Lauren live from Los Angeles to discuss Critics Choice Awards and reviews ‘The Post’

The Post: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Molly’s Game’, ‘All the Money in the World’ and ‘I, Tonya’

Molly’s Game: 4.5/5 stars All the Money in the World: 4/5 stars I, Tonya: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 4/5 stars Wonder Wheel: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Shape of Water’, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘Just Getting Started’

The Shape of Water: 4/5 stars Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: 4/5 stars Just Getting Started: 1/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Justice League’, ‘Wonder’ and ‘Mudbound’

Justice League: 3/5 stars Wonder: 4/5 stars Mudbound: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Thor: Ragnarok: 4/5 stars A Bad Moms Christmas: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Happy Death Day’, ‘Marshall’ and ‘The Foreigner’

Happy Death Day: 4/5 stars Marshall: 4/5 stars The Foreigner: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren interviews Jake Gyllenhaal & Jeff Bauman for ‘Stronger’ and reviews ‘Stronger’ and ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

Stronger: 4.5/5 stars Kingsman: The Golden Circle: 4/5 stars

Lauren LIVE from Toronto International Film Festival & reviews ‘It’

Lauren goes live from the Toronto International Film Festival to talk festival movies Molly’s Game, I Tonya, The Killing of a Scared Deer, mother! and more! It review: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Glass Castle’ and ‘Annabelle: Creaton’

The Glass Castle: 4/5 stars Annabelle: Creation: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Dark Tower’, ‘Step’ and ‘Kidnap’

The Dark Tower: 3.5/5 stars Step: 4.5/5 stars Kidnap: 3.5/5 stars  

Lauren reviews ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘Detroit’

Atomic Blonde: 4/5 stars Detroit: 4/5 stars

DC Film Girl’s Year In Review: The Best & Worst of 2013

It’s been two years since I launched I feel so lucky to have seen as many movies as I have over the past two years and to have interviewed the incredible talent that has come to Washington, DC on press tours. 2013 was truly an incredible year for movies! Last year with films like Les […]

DC Film Girl’s Year in Review: The Best & Worst of 2012

I can’t believe its been exactly one year since I launched This year has truly been a fun and exciting time as a film critic, as 2012 has given us many amazing movies and memorable performances. Of course, there are the bad movies that we question how they ever got made in the first […]

INTERVIEW: Joe Wright, Director of ‘Anna Karenina’

It was 2005 when I sat in a theatre and watched Joe Wright’s take on “Pride & Prejudice” and I immediately fell in love with it. The director’s fresh, romantic and stylish take on Jane Austen’s beloved story is truly one of a kind. I’ve probably seen the film more than Joe Wright himself. Now, […]

INTERVIEW: John Hawkes of ‘The Sessions’

I, along with some fellow WAFCA members, had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone” & “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) about his new film “The Sessions.”  where he stars as a 38-year-old man who was diagnosed with polio at a young age. Not only is the role […]

INTERVIEW: Stephen Chbosky, Author/Director of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

It’s a beautiful morning on the 29th of August in our nation’s capital. I arrive at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown at 8:15 a.m. and wait in the lobby for my interview with Stephen Chbosky, bestselling author-turned-director of the wildly popular book, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” A little before my interview, Chbosky walks through […]

INTERVIEW: Michael Pena of ‘End of Watch’

I had the pleasure of sitting down with “End of Watch” star Michael Pena (“Crash” & “World Trade Center”) alongside fellow WAFCA members. Pena and I discuss if his character would get along with Denzel Washington in David Ayer’s “Training Day” and what type of training he and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal did before filming. Check out […]

INTERVIEW: Cast, Writer and Director of ‘For A Good Time, Call…’

“For A Good Time, Call…” is the perfect “girlfriend movie” and a fantastic example of how a female-led cast does raunchy! I had the pleasure of sitting down with the two lead actresses, writer and director of the film: Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, Katie Anne Naylon and Jamie Travis. As I walk in to the […]

INTERVIEW: Rashida Jones & Will McCormack of ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’

Rashida Jones (“The Muppets,” “The Social Network” & “The Office”) and Will McCormack (“Brothers & Sisters,” & “In Plain Sight”) aren’t your typical duo of writers. After only three weeks of dating in the late ’90s, Jones and McCormack quickly realized they were much better suited as friends and eventually as writing partners. When Jones […]

INTERVIEW: Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan of ‘Ruby Sparks’

It’s a hot and sticky afternoon in Washington D.C. Temperatures are breaking records and it’s definitely not the most ideal time to visit the nation’s capital. I’m sitting in the interview suite of the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown, anxiously awaiting for the arrival of one of Hollywood’s most underrated actors, Paul Dano, and his talented […]

Top 10 Films of 2012 (So Far)

I’m always getting asked, “Lauren, what’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?” or “Can you send me a list of 5 films I need to see?” Now that we are half way through 2012, I figured I might as well publish a list of my favorite films I’ve seen. I’d like to note, there is […]

INTERVIEW: Denise Di Novi, Producer of ‘The Lucky One’

On its debut weekend, the Nicholas Sparks novel brought to life, The Lucky One made $22.5 million at the box office. It beat out The Hunger Games, which was at the top of the box office for the last four weeks. Sparks’ film adaptations, which include The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Dear John and The Last […]

DC Film Girl’s Top 10 Romantic Films for Valentine’s Day

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite romances of all time! Whether you’re in the mood for a hysterical, heartfelt, mysterious or classic film, there is lovely treasure on this list for everyone. 10. Crazy Stupid Love– I am just completely obsessed with this movie. It’s the perfect date movie with all […]

Golden Globes: Fashion’s Best & Worst

Last night’s Golden Globes brought out some of the best fashion trends we will most likely see throughout 2012. Fashion’s night out also brought out some of the worst and weirdest wardrobe choices I’ve seen on the red carpet in a while. Here are my choices for best and worst dressed. Best Dressed Angelina Jolie– […]

Golden Globe Winners 2012

George Clooney has a big night, a huge upset in the Best Actress-Drama category and ‘The Artist’ takes home Best Actor-Comedy/Musical and Best Original Score. Here’s the complete list of winners. Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners” Best Actress TV Series – Comedy: Laura Dern, “Enlightened” Best Miniseries: “Downton Abbey” Best Actress – Miniseries: Kate […]

2012 Golden Globes: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Award show season is here and it’s the time of year when I get all excited and giddy for the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Academy Awards! The 69th Annual Golden Globes is set for Sunday Jan. 15 and will be hosted AGAIN by […]

Gary Oldman’s Greatest Roles

With his recent praise in the espionage thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I thought I would give a shout out to Gary Oldman and recognize some of his most memorable performances. Oldman is the most underrated actor of our time and I think he deserves a little more spotlight if I should say so! Sid […]

Lauren reviews ‘I Feel Pretty’ and Interview with Amy Schumer and Rory Scovel

I Feel Pretty: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Ingrid Goes West’ and ‘Good Time’

Ingrid Goes West: 4.5/5 stars Good Time: 4.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Daddy’s Home 2’

Murder on the Orient Express: 3.5/5 stars Daddy’s Home 2: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Phantom Thread’, ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ and ‘Hostiles’

Phantom Thread: 4.5/5 stars Maze Runner: The Death Cure: 3.5/5 stars Hostiles: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ and ‘Uncle Drew’

Sicario: Day of the Soldado: 3.5/5 stars Uncle Drew: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ and ‘Ben is Back’

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse: 4/5 Mary Queen of Scots: 3.5/5 Ben is Back: 4.5/5

Lauren reviews ‘Stranger Things 2’, ‘Thank You For Your Service’ and ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

Stranger Things 2: 4.5/5 stars Thank You For Your Service: 4/5 stars The Killing of a Sacred Deer: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Disaster Artist’, ‘Coco’ and ‘Roman J. Israel, ESQ’

The Disaster Artist: 5/5 stars Coco: 4/5 stars Roman J. Israel, ESQ: 3/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ and ‘Logan Lucky’

The Hitman’s Bodyguard: 3.5/5 stars Logan Lucky: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘The MEG’ and ‘Dog Days’

The MEG: 4/5 stars Dog Days: 2.5/5 stars 

Lauren reviews ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, ‘Christopher Robin’ and ‘Like Father’

The Spy Who Dumped Me: 4/5 stars Christopher Robin: 3.5/5 stars Like Father: 4/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween’ and ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Thank You For Your Services’ interviews

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween: 3/5 stars The Snowman: 3.5/5 stars

Lauren reviews ‘Wonder Woman’

Wonder Woman: 5/5 – My first 5/5 of the year! 

My 84th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

Here are my official predictions for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. I will be blogging and tweeting live this Sunday February 26th starting at 6 p.m. EST. The ones highlighted in red are my predicted winners and after certain categories, I added who I think should win versus who will win. Before I get to […]

My Official 2013 Oscar Predictions!

The 85th Annual Academy Awards are here and I’ve posted my official predictions for the awards. It should be an interesting (and hopefully hilarious) show with Seth MacFarlane. It’s also going to be the most unpredictable show we’ve had in years! The only two sure wins this year are in the Best Supporting Actress and […]

My Official 2014 Oscar Predictions!

I’ve been looking forward to tonight’s Academy Awards for months! 2013 was such an incredible year for movies and even though some of my favorite movies didn’t manage to score any nominations (Spring Breakers, The Spectacular Now, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Drinking Buddies, etc.) that is an all too common feeling of disappointment for […]

Oscar Predictions 2013: Best Actress Edition

With the 85th Annual Academy Awards airing this Sunday, it’s that time of year for fellow Big Hollywood contributor John Hanlon and I to make our predictions in the actor categories. Last year was an incredible year for movies, showcasing dozens of fantastic performances from Hugh Jackman’s heartbreaking portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables […]

Sleeping Beauty’ Review: A Trashy, Empty, Bizarre Sex Worker Story

The complete opposite of its classic fairy tale source, IFC’s “Sleeping Beauty” is nothing about love and romance. In fact, it doesn’t even compare in the slightest. How any actress would want to take part in this film is beyond me, as it celebrates complete female submission as desirable and ideal to a man. Ugh, […]

The Best & Worst Films of 2011 (+1 Guilty Pleasure)

Hey all! Thank you for visiting my new website. This site has been a dream of mine for a long time and I’m so thrilled that its now live. I’m really going to hype DCFilmGirl up in 2012 with more reviews, interviews and celebrity pieces so check back for weekly entertainment updates. There is a […]

UPDATED LIVE: Complete List of Oscar Nominees & Winners

I’ll be updating this post during the show and tweeting live @dcfilmgirl_. The current winners are posted in red. What are your thoughts on this year’s current winners? Feel free to post in the comments section below! Best Picture The Artist The Help War Horse The Tree of Life Hugo The Descendants Midnight in Paris […]

‘Brave’ Review: Stunning Visuals Overpower Weak Pixar Story

There’s just something special and unique about the beauty and story of Pixar films. Pixar’s first feature-length film, Toy Story touched all our hearts with Woody and Buzz as the soulful toys who formed an unlikely friendship; Wall-E gave us a story of loneliness and love, and is one of the best films I’ve ever […]

‘Breaking Dawn’ Provides a Conservative Role Model for Young Women

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I” hit theaters over the weekend, hauling in a hefty $138 million. That’s a lot of dough for a 28 percent “rotten” rating at But we all know the real reasons why “Breaking Dawn” did so well – teen girls, “Twilight” moms, Twi-hards and parents who chaperoned […]

‘Happy Feet Two’ Review: Not Nearly as Giddy as the Original

“Two” welcomes Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Pink, Hank Azaria and Sofia Vergara to the celebrated cast, while Elijah Wood and Robin Williams return (and Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman float on). Tap-dancing penguin Mumble (Wood) is back and is now a group leader in his community. He is also a new father to cutie penguin […]

‘Safe House’ Review: Powerful Denzel Can’t Save Weak Action Story

When you hear the name Denzel Washington, action-packed films like Man on Fire, Training Day and America Gangster come to mind along with heartfelt performances like Philadelphia and John Q. The actor can certainly draw a crowd to the box office, but can he really save a an overdone mystery? Maybe. Honestly, if Washington wasn’t […]

‘The Spectacular Now’ Review: Teller and Woodley Star in Unconventional Romance

Every critic has his or her favorite film genre. They might not admit it, but all of us have our preference. Whether its comedy, action, drama, science fiction, horror or even animation, we all get excited for one particular genre over all the others. It might be cliché, but I have to admit my favorite […]

Lauren reviews ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and Interviews Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill and Simon Pegg!

Mission: Impossible – Fallout: 4/5 stars

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