[Masthead] A Few Clouds ~ 62°F  
High: 84°F ~ Low: 63°F
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Lucy / **˝ (R)
Posted Monday, July 28, at 10:53 PM
Universal Pictures presents a film written and directed by Luc Besson. Running time: 90 min. Rated R (for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality). Luc Besson's new sci-fi thriller "Lucy" is one of the more interesting action movies to come along recently. ...

Read more   Post comment


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / **** (PG-13)
Posted Wednesday, July 23, at 8:14 PM

20th Century Fox presents a film directed by Matt Reeves. Written by Mark Bomback and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Based on characters created by Jaffa & Silver and inspired by the novel "Le Planéte des Singes" by Pierre Boulle. Running time: 130 min. Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief strong language)...

Read more   Post comment


22 Jump Street / *** (R)
Posted Friday, July 4, at 10:32 PM

Columbia Pictures and MGM present a film directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Written by Michael Bacall and Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman from a story by Bacall & Jonah Hill. Based on the television series "21 Jump Street" created by Patrick Hasburgh & Stephen J. Canell. Running time: 112 min. Rated R (for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence)...

Read more   Post comment


Transformers: Age of Extinction / * (PG-13)
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 7:28 PM

Paramount Pictures and Hasbro present a film directed by Michael Bay. Written by Ehren Kruger. Running time: 165 min. Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief innuendo). After seeing "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" in 2011, I promised myself I would never darken the door of a Transformers movie again as long as Michael Bay directed it. ...

Read more   Post comment


Jersey Boys / ***˝ (R)
Posted Sunday, June 29, at 7:20 PM

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, based on their musical. Running time: 134 min. Rated R (for language throughout). My father liked his pleasures simple. He was a man who enjoyed life to its fullest, and in that enjoyment he could appreciate movies and music at the most basic level. ...

Read more   Post comment


How To Train Your Dragon 2 / *** (PG)
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 8:24 PM

DreamWorks Animation presents a film written and directed by Dean DeBlois. Based on the book series "How To Train Your Dragon" by Cressida Cowell. Running time: 102 min. Rated PG (for adventure action and some mild rude humor). I have a cineaste friend who hated, hated, hated "How To Train Your Dragon". ...

Read more   Post comment


The Fault In Our Stars / *** (PG-13)
Posted Monday, June 16, at 8:26 PM

20th Century Fox presents a film directed by Josh Boone. Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber. Based on the novel by John Green. Running time: 125 min. Rated PG-13 (thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language). You've seen this story before. ...

Read more   Post comment


Edge of Tomorrow / *** (PG-13)
Posted Thursday, June 12, at 2:48 PM

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Doug Liman. Written by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth. Running time: 113 min. Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language and brief suggestive material)...

Read more   Post comment


X-Men: Days of Future Past / ***˝ (PG-13)
Posted Monday, May 26, at 10:50 AM

20th Century Fox presents a film directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Simon Kinberg from a story by Jane Goldman & Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn. Running time: 131 min. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some suggestive material, nudity and language)...

Read more   Post comment


Godzilla / *** (PG-13)
Posted Sunday, May 18, at 11:29 PM

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Gareth Edwards. Written by Max Borenstein from a story by Dave Callaham. Based on the "Godzilla" film property of the Toho Company. Running time: 123 min. Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence)...

Read more   Post comment


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13) ***
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 10:40 PM

Columbia Pictures presents a film directed by Marc Webb. Written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinker and James Vanderbilt. Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Running time: 142 min. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action/violence)...

Read more   Post comment


Transcendence / ** (PG-13)
Posted Sunday, April 20, at 8:45 PM

Warner Bros. presents a film directed by Wally Pfister. Written by Jack Paglen. Running time: 119 min. Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality). Before I get to the review of the new sci-fi movie "Transcendence", I'd like to pose a little common sense question to any scientists or screenwriters out there. ...

Read more   Post comment


Draft Day / *** (PG-13)
Posted Sunday, April 13, at 9:01 PM

Summit Entertainment presents a film directed by Ivan Reitman. Written by Scott Rothman & Rajiv Joseph. Running time: 109 min. Rated PG-13 (for brief strong language and sexual references). Oh man, do I love football! I just can't get enough of it. I wasn't always this way. ...

Read more   Browse comments (2)  Post comment


Captain America: The Winter Soldier / *** (PG-13)
Posted Sunday, April 6, at 4:20 PM

Marvel Studios presents a film directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Based on a concept and story by Ed Brubaker and characters created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Running time: 136 min. Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, gun play and action throughout)...

Read more   Post comment


Noah / *** (PG-13)
Posted Monday, March 31, at 8:26 PM

Paramount Pictures presents a film directed by Darren Aronofsky. Written by Aronofsky & Ari Handel. Running time: 138 min. Rated PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images, and brief suggestive content). I remember learning the story of Noah as a small child in Sunday school. ...

Read more   Browse comments (2)  Post comment


300: Rise of an Empire / *** (R)
Posted Saturday, March 8, at 3:39 PM

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a film directed by Noam Murro. Written by Zach Snyder & Kurt Johnstad. Based on the graphic novel "Xerxes" by Frank Miller. Running time: 104 min. Rated R (for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language)...

Read more   Post comment


The Monuments Men / *** (PG-13)
Posted Monday, February 24, at 1:07 PM

Columbia Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures presents a film directed by George Clooney. Written by Clooney & Grant Heslov. Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Running time: 118 min. Rated PG-13 (for some images of war violence and historical smoking)...

Read more   Post comment


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit / **˝ (PG-13)
Posted Friday, February 14, at 2:26 PM

Paramount Pictures presents a film directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Adam Cozad and David Koepp. Based on characters created by Tom Clancy. Running time: 105 min. Rated PG-13 (for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language)...

Read more   Post comment


The Lego Movie / ***˝ (PG)
Posted Monday, February 10, at 5:11 PM

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a film directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Written by Lord & Miller and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman. Running time: 100 min. Rated PG (for mild action and rude humor). I'm a collector. I have been since my very first Lego set. ...

Read more   Post comment


Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)
Posted Monday, February 3, at 12:24 PM

I was participating in one of those silly Facebook games the other day. One of your friends puts up a cut and paste post where they add a poster from a certain director's films. If you like the post, that person will give you a name. You then post a poster of your favorite film from that director. ...

Read more   Browse comments (6)  Post comment


View all blog posts (328)

A Penny in the Well
ANDREW D. WELLS
Archives
Blog RSS feed [Feed icon]
Comments RSS feed [Feed icon]
Login
Andrew is a professionally trained actor and stage director. He was a reporter for the daily newspaper The Marshall Democrat News. He has been critiquing film since Mr. Lucas released the first of his "Star Wars" prequels in 1999. His reviews can also be seen at his blog site.
Hot topics
Lucy / **˝ (R)
(0 ~ 10:53 PM, Jul 28)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / **** (PG-13)
(0 ~ 8:14 PM, Jul 23)

22 Jump Street / *** (R)
(0 ~ 10:32 PM, Jul 4)

Transformers: Age of Extinction / * (PG-13)
(0 ~ 7:28 PM, Jul 3)

Jersey Boys / ***˝ (R)
(0 ~ 7:20 PM, Jun 29)