‘Oculus’: A carefully paced, great-looking psychological thriller


Here is a horror movie that will reach out and grab that spot on your spine that produces all the chills.

It takes a high level of confidence, maybe even audacity, to set out to make yet another haunted-mirror movie — but thanks to the …

‘Dom Hemingway’: A boorish Jude Law character wears out his welcome


The Jude Law of “Dom Hemingway” looks like he swallowed the Jude Law of “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”

The 41-year-old Law plays a character at least a decade older than that in “Dom Hemingway.” With a tiny peninsula of hair clinging to his balding forehead, …

‘Cuban Fury’: All the usual moves in Nick Frost’s salsa comedy

A little more fury might have been a whole lot better. One of the most interesting things about Nick Frost (Simon Pegg’s sidekick in “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”) as a comic actor is the suggestion that, deep down inside …

‘Rio 2’: More guffaws from Brazil’s funniest macaws


With a splashy Brazilian-themed musical score, top-notch voice talent and sharp-witted writing, the sequel to “Rio” (2011) is one delightful animated romp. It’s as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor. Kudos to director …

‘Joe’: Gripping drama with Nicolas Cage as father figure


Joe (Nicolas Cage) is a fallen man who redeems himself by uplifting a boy in need. Fitfully managing his rage and chronic drinking, he turns into a paternal figure for Gary (Tye Sheridan from “Mud” and “The Tree of Life”), a 15-year-old tormented by a …

Tye Sheridan racking up big-name co-stars on big screen


The 17-year-old actor, who has worked with Mattthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt, credits Led Zeppelin for getting him his role opposite Nicolas Cage in “Joe.”

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: Superhero sequel deftly mixes fantasy, drama

RICHARD ROEPER: Getting better with every movie, Chris Evans is terrific in this edgy and funny adventure, more complex and more compelling than his 2011 debut.

Watch: Nick Frost is chill about dancing on screen in ‘Cuban Fury’


In “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End,” Nick Frost was a focus but never the focus of attention. That has changed with his new salsa-infused rom-com.

On the fly with Mickey Rooney


It’s important to remember that Rooney can say whatever he likes, talk as much as he wants, say whatever zooms into that rocket-rapid brain of his. The man is, after all, a legend.

‘Frankie & Alice’: The 3 implausible faces of Halle Berry


Well, this one took a while to get a wide release. How long? When filming on “Frankie & Alice” commenced, Barack Obama had just been elected president. For the first time. Shot in Vancouver in late 2008 and early 2009, the Halle Berry vehicle “Frankie …