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Review: Turbo (2013)

C+ | **½ | +0| Kids & Up

At some point, alas, it becomes apparent that Turbo’s more daring elements are all surface, and the story is locked into a well-worn path to an all-too-obvious destination. Writing about Monsters University, I noted that, like many other Pixar films, it pours cold water on the familiar family-film platitude that you can achieve anything you put your mind to if you just want it enough. Turbo embraces the platitude.   Read more >

Post: Despicable Me 2 [video]

He was bad to the bone. Now he’s Dad to the bone. Does his mojo survive the transition? Despicable Me 2: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.   Read more >

Review: Despicable Me 2 (2013)

B- | **½ | +1| Kids & Up

“Dr. Evil without Austin Powers,” I called Gru in my review of Despicable Me. Turning Dr. Evil into Austin Powers (mutatis mutandis, for a family film) is the best possible way to keep the reformed character from losing his mojo. (Oh, how Mike Myers has influenced this discussion!)   Read more >

Article: SDG’s Very, Very Little Movie Glossary

This little essay is barely a footnote to Ebert’s book. Still, in the dozen or so years that I’ve been writing movie reviews, I’d like to think I’ve come up with a few witty, possibly even useful terms — Everything Movie, Medieval Grunge and Mythology-Bound among them — that might contribute to movie discussion.   Read more >

Review: The Lone Ranger (2013)

D | | -2| Teens & Up*

Even more than Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger is the poster child for our culture’s terminal inability to offer children today heroic role models … I’ve seen many movies that were objectively worse than The Lone Ranger. Very few have made me angrier.   Read more >

Post: World War Z [video]

It’s the end of the world was we know it … again. World War Z: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.   Read more >

Post: Monsters University [video]

Is it “okay to be okay” if you’re Pixar? Monsters University: : my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.   Read more >

Review: Monsters University (2013)

B | *** | +2-1| Kids & Up

Monsters University, from first-time director Dan Scanlon, is a charming, well-crafted trifle — at least until the subversive last act, when it sets its sights a bit higher.   Read more >

Post: Much Ado About Nothing [video] (2012)

Shakespeare knows how to throw a party … and so does Joss Whedon. Much Ado About Nothing: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.   Read more >

Post: Man of Steel [video]

A Superman movie for our times — but is that a good thing? Man of Steel: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: Kresta, Catholic Answers Live & Reel Faith

This evening, I’ll be on Catholic radio from sometime during the last hour of “Kresta in the Afternoon” (5pm EDT) through the first hour of “Catholic Answers Live” (6pm EDT), discussing the latest movies and much more. Listen live   Read more >

Review: Man of Steel (2013)

C+ | **½ | +2-2| Teens & Up

To borrow a line from Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight: This isn’t the Superman movie we need, but it’s the one we deserve.   Read more >

Post: Now You See Me [video]

The closer you look, the less you see? Now You See Me: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.   Read more >

Post: After Earth [video]

Is After Earth really as bad as people are saying? Here’s my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.   Read more >

Post: New Ghibli Blu-rays! My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle

This week, one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved and accomplished features, along with one of his less successful efforts, debut on Blu-ray.   Read more >

Article: Top 10 Movie Dads

Picking the top 10 movie dads was both easier and harder than picking the top 10 movie moms. Easier, because there were more candidates to choose from — and harder for the same reason!   Read more >

Review: Epic (2013)

B- | **½ | +1-1| Kids & Up

At its best, Epic produces images of poetic power, even grandeur … The catch is that the world the filmmakers create is far more interesting than the story they tell in it or the characters they put in it.   Read more >

Post: Fast & Furious 6 [video]

Fast & Furious 6 in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: The Great Gatsby [video]

The Great Gatsby in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Reel Faith on Fox News & The Catholic Channel!

Coming to Fox News and The Catholic Channel: Reel Faith! Well, not permanently or anything. (Not yet, anyway.) But in the next 24 hours or so David DiCerto and I will be appearing on both venues to talk about Reel Faith and movies in theaters.   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby

Hat tip to Stephanie Zacharek (Village Voice) for the perfect use of that popular critical flourish, the reapplication of a movie quote as auto-criticism of the film, in her review of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.   Read more >

Post: Reel Faith Summer Season Premiere This Friday!

The fourth season of Reel Faith premieres this week — and we’re growing!   Read more >

Post: On the Air: Catholic Answers Live & Reel Faith

This evening, Friday, May 17, I'll be appearing on the first hour of “Catholic Answers Live” (6pm–7pm EDT). Next week, tune in for the summer season premiere of Reel Faith!   Read more >

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

B+ | *** | +1-1| Teens & Up

Star Trek Into Darkness outdoes its predecessor in most respects, except creative ambition.   Read more >

Article: Top 10 Movie Moms

When I set out to make a list of great movie moms in honor of Mother’s Day, I knew it wouldn’t be easy — but I soon found it even harder than I thought. Let’s face it: Great mothers are in short supply in the movies.   Read more >

Post: Pain & Gain [video]

Pain & Gain in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Iron Man Three [video]

Iron Man Three in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Iron Man 2 [video]

Iron Man 2 in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Iron Man [video]

Iron Man in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Review: Iron Man Three (2013)

C+ | **½ | -1| Teens & Up*

It’s a potentially promising setup for a slam-bang finale to what has been, despite its flaws, one of the brightest and most entertaining franchises around. Unfortunately, the slapdash plot is pretty much a disaster. A string of miscalculations hamper the fun. And a late revelation, when you stop and think about it, undermines most of the preceding drama.   Read more >

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