“They say the first year of parenting is the hardest,” narrator John C. Reilly says in the opening scene of “Bears.” Half of all bear cubs perish in their first year. “Bears” follows two cubs and their mother through this harsh, danger-filled year.
“Oculus” is a fresh, unique take on the horror genre that relies on smart writing, strong acting, impressive storytelling and the bending of reality for its scares.
With a gorgeous musical score, a compelling lead performance from Elijah Wood and a premise that's just strange enough to work, "Grand Piano" is a tense, entertaining and engaging thriller.
"Fading Gigolo" is a disappointing film that tries to be everything at once, and emerges as nothing memorable at all.
The Monuments Men ?1/2 Despite flaunting a stellar cast and being based on an inspiring true story, “The Monuments Men” is a disappointing, unsatisfying film with a serious case of an identity crisis.
August: Osage County ???1/2 “August: Osage County” is a star-studded character study that is packed with drama, biting dialogue and strong performances. After a family death, the Weston family pours into one crowded Oklahoma. They’re disastrously intertwined, with each member bringing unique problems to the mix
All Is Lost ??1/2 “All Is Lost” is an ambitious piece of experimental filmmaking, but even uniqueness and a stunning performance from Robert Redford can’t save it from feeling repetitive and ultimately, boring.
About Time ????1/2 Despite the misleading marketing, “About Time” is less a film about romantic love and time travel, and more a film about the bond between father and son and learning to appreciate life as it is.
12 Years a Slave ????1/2 With its unflinching brutality and heartbreaking portrayal of true events, “12 Years a Slave” isn’t just one of the best films of the year.
Enough Said ???1/2 “Enough Said” is a romantic comedy for adults. It’s sharp, clever and achingly realistic.
Captain Phillips ???? “Captain Phillips” is a fast-paced, high-tension thriller made unforgettable by incredible performances from Tom Hanks and newcomer Barkhad Abdi.
In one of the saddest hours of television ever, “Glee” paid tribute to Finn Hudson last night. Packed full of tear-inducing songs and heartfelt performances, “The Quarterback” was a fitting tribute to the late Cory Monteith.
The Bravermans are back, and they’re as sweet, funny and inspiring as ever.