3448 items by Peter Travers

  • The Past

    The Past | MOVIE REVIEW

    Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won a much-deserved Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for 2011's A Separation, a drama about a couple divorcing in Tehran. The politics were there mostly as subtext. In The Past, Farhadi focuses...

    December 18, 2013 3:00 PM ET
  • The Dumb & Dumber Golden Globes

    The Dumb & Dumber Golden Globes | ARTICLE

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that hands out these golden dildos is basically a joke. It consists of 90-odd freelance entertainment reporters based in Los Angeles who contribute stories to foreign publications (they need only four...

    December 13, 2013 10:15 AM ET
  • American Hustle

    American Hustle | MOVIE REVIEW

    You watch the explosively entertaining, dramatically gripping American Hustle on a cinematic high. That’s David O. Russell for you. The up-for-anything director of Spanking the Monkey, Flirting With Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees,...

    December 12, 2013 4:25 PM ET
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | MOVIE REVIEW

    The first Hobbit was quite a success at the box office ($1 billion worldwide). But if we're being honest, we'd admit it was a little boring and a lot long, at 169 minutes. The Hobbit: The...

    December 12, 2013 4:20 PM ET
  • Saving Mr. Banks

    Saving Mr. Banks | MOVIE REVIEW

    Don't gag. But this movie about how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) finally persuaded P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to let him make a movie of her Mary Poppins books is a tasty swig of holiday cheer. Ms. Travers...

    December 12, 2013 4:15 PM ET
  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis | MOVIE REVIEW

    When the Coen brothers decide to make a movie about the Greenwich Village folk-music scene in the 1960s, they don't screw around. Not content to capture the sights and sounds, they fix it so you inhale the...

    December 5, 2013 2:05 PM ET
  • Out of the Furnace

    Out of the Furnace | MOVIE REVIEW

    This is only Scott Cooper's second film as a director, but he already knows how to bring out lived-in authenticity in actors. His 2009 debut with Crazy Heart resulted in an Oscar win for Jeff Bridges....

    December 5, 2013 2:00 PM ET
  • Homefront

    Homefront | MOVIE REVIEW

    It could have been crazy-good trash: Jason Statham as a widowed DEA agent, moving to a small town with his young daughter; James Franco as a local meth dealer named Gator; Winona Ryder as Gator's trashy whore;...

    November 27, 2013 1:15 PM ET
  • Oldboy

    Oldboy | MOVIE REVIEW

    Josh Brolin is such a fine, intuitive actor that matching him up with Spike Lee, an uneven, untethered, not-afraid-to-fail director, to Americanize Park Chan-wook's 2003 Korean cult classic Oldboy exudes potential. On paper. What's onscreen feels squeezed,...

    November 27, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • Frozen

    Frozen | MOVIE REVIEW

    In a year of weak animated features, Frozen – loosely based on "The Snow Queen" – takes the lead by default. There's not much flair in the story of princess sisters Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and...

    November 27, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | MOVIE REVIEW

    Movies about great people tend to be, well, not so great. If you're still enthused about the Oscar-winning Gandhi, my apologies. I'm not. There's that rush to get everything in so that the essentials of characterization that...

    November 27, 2013 1:00 PM ET
  • Delivery Man

    Delivery Man | MOVIE REVIEW

    Vince Vaughn deserves better than this Hollywood version of the French-Canadian film Starbuck, a fact-based story about a meat-truck driver who fathered 533 children through long-ago sperm donations. Now 142 of his kids want to sue. Ken...

    November 21, 2013 10:05 AM ET
  • Philomena

    Philomena | MOVIE REVIEW

    Judi Dench, in fine, feisty form, plays Philomena Lee, a good Irish-Catholic out to find the bastard son the nuns at the Roscrea convent took from her half a century ago and sold to rich Americans while...

    November 21, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | MOVIE REVIEW

    Being the middle child is a bitch. Same goes for books and movies. By that standard, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – the second film culled from Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy – should be a placeholder, stuck...

    November 15, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • Nebraska

    Nebraska | MOVIE REVIEW

    Have you ever thought of Nebraska as Oz? Woody Grant, played by an understated, unforgettable Bruce Dern, sure as hell has. Old Woody got one of those magazine scams in the mail claiming he's bagged a million...

    November 15, 2013 11:50 AM ET
  • Thor: The Dark World

    Thor: The Dark World | MOVIE REVIEW

    Not enough Loki. Too many tacky 3D effects. And then there's the hard fact that everything old isn't necessarily new again just because the bottom line wishes it so. That's the skinny on the big-budget Thor: The...

    November 7, 2013 1:50 PM ET
  • The Book Thief

    The Book Thief | MOVIE REVIEW

    If there can be such a thing as a sweet, reflective fable about death and the Holocaust, The Book Thief is it. Based on the bestseller by Markus Zusak, the film tells the story of Liesel Meminger...

    November 7, 2013 1:45 PM ET
  • The Armstrong Lie

    The Armstrong Lie | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's quite a spectacle, watching Lance Armstrong lie his ass off. And believing his own lies. Don't sociopaths do that? You be the judge. Documentarian Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side,...

    November 7, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • Go for Sisters

    Go for Sisters | MOVIE REVIEW

    Here's the thing about John Sayles. From his debut feature, 1980's Return of the Secaucus Seven, through the satire of The Brother From Another Planet, the labor troubles of Matewan, the baseball scandal of Eight Men Out,...

    November 7, 2013 1:35 PM ET
  • The Motel Life

    The Motel Life | MOVIE REVIEW

    Life's a relentless ass-kick for the Flannigan brothers, Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff) and younger sibling, Frank (Emile Hirsch). Dorff and Hirsch, by the way, are outstanding, engaged and enthralling. These lost boys saw their mother waste away...

    November 7, 2013 1:30 PM ET