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3481 items by Peter Travers

  • Tim's Vermeer

    Tim's Vermeer | MOVIE REVIEW

    While George Clooney and his Monuments Men search for art stolen by the Nazis in World War II, inventor Tim Jenison uses this potently provocative documentary to accuse 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer of cheating. Say...

    January 31, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Gimme Shelter

    Gimme Shelter | MOVIE REVIEW

    The story behind this Afternoon TV Special disguised as a real movie is Vanessa Hudgens. That’s right. The Disney cutie who costarred with then boyfriend Zac Efron in countless High School Musical romps and made her bones...

    January 23, 2014 5:05 PM ET
  • Stranger By the Lake

    Stranger By the Lake | MOVIE REVIEW

    Guys cruise each other by an idyllic lake in summer. Gay porn? That's an eye of the beholder decision since blowjobs and jizz figure in the action. But Stranger By the Lake, making overt the gay subtext...

    January 23, 2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit | MOVIE REVIEW

    As espionage thrillers go, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit skillfully marshals all the familiar elements. That's the damn problem. Despite a timely spy plot with Russian baddies trying to crash the U.S. economy via the Internet and terrorist...

    January 16, 2014 2:55 PM ET
  • Ride Along

    Ride Along | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's January, when lemons fall off the Hollywood tree like assault weapons. Certainly the sourest comedy in the bunch is Ride Along, a collection of moldy gags that director Tim Story tries to polish. Not with these...

    January 16, 2014 2:50 PM ET
  • Lone Survivor

    Lone Survivor | MOVIE REVIEW

    What to say about a war film whose outcome is evident in the title? In the case of Lone Survivor, you commend the outstanding job done by writer-director Peter Berg in telling the remarkable true story recounted...

    January 9, 2014 2:10 PM ET
  • Can Leonardo DiCaprio Win an Oscar for Playing a Wall Street Scumbag?

    Can Leonardo DiCaprio Win an Oscar for Playing a Wall Street Scumbag? | ARTICLE

    At a recent Screen Actors Guild interview I did with Leonardo DiCaprio, the audience cheered long and hard for his swaggering tour de force in Martin Scorsese's admittedly divisive The Wolf of Wall Street. In this...

    January 9, 2014 11:40 AM ET
  • Grudge Match

    Grudge Match | MOVIE REVIEW

    Next to finding a lump of coal under your Christmas tree, I can't think of a worse gift for the holiday season than a ticket to Grudge Match. Sylvester Stallone, 67, plays Henry "Razor" Sharp, a Pittsburgh...

    December 24, 2013 9:10 AM ET
  • August: Osage County

    August: Osage County | MOVIE REVIEW

    Tracy Letts won every big theater prize, from a Tony to a Pulitzer, for his enthralling, sprawling three-hour-plus play about the squabbling Weston clan of Oklahoma uniting for the funeral of dear old suicidal dad (Sam Shepard)....

    December 24, 2013 9:05 AM ET
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | MOVIE REVIEW

    Before stepping into the dazzling fantasy world director-star Ben Stiller conjures up in his film adaptation of James Thurber's classic 1939 short story, know this. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is eons away from the raucous...

    December 24, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street | MOVIE REVIEW

    Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. That's how Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street comes at you. I could have taken a few more pows – which shows how much fun it is to spar with this...

    December 18, 2013 3:15 PM ET
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues | MOVIE REVIEW

    When is a movie fall-down funny even when some scenes fall flat on their fat ones? When it's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. That's because from the moment Will Ferrell steps into the blazer of Ron Burgundy,...

    December 18, 2013 3:10 PM ET
  • Her

    Her | MOVIE REVIEW

    Some movies need to hold their secrets close. So I’ll tread lightly with Her, a love story between a man and technology, and a gloriously inventive gift from Spike Jonze. In his fourth feature, following Being...

    December 18, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • 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
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