Tales From the Script

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” Parts the Red Sea with Better Effects, Less Conviction

By James Scott | Saturday, December 13, 6:24 pm
No movie is going to be 100% accurate, and 3,000 years ago, who knows what really happened?

Dawson Steals Film, Won’t Give It Back in “Top Five”

By James Scott | Saturday, December 13, 9:41 am
I typically hate movies about show business, but "Top Five" joins "Birdman" in that rare class that I can enjoy.

Academy Award-Winners Assemble for “Horrible Bosses 2”

By James Scott | Thursday, November 27, 11:29 am
Bateman is a beleaguered, latter-day "Moe" without the bowl cut.

Harrelson’s and Hoffman’s Solid Support Bolster “Mockingjay”

Star Wars-y empowerment for adolescent girls.

Carrey and Daniels Convince Us They’re “Dumb and Dumber To”

I am too profoundly stupid to comprehend the humor.

Keaton and Norton Soar in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Do actors debase themselves by taking superhero roles, or was it all they were capable of in the first place?

Love a Natural Force Equal to Gravity in Nolan’s “Interstellar”

Space isn't the problem. Time is.

Gyllenhaal Chillingly Monstrous in “Nightcrawler”

Some monsters live among us with a fair chance of never being detected.

“John Wick” Creates Mayhem for Pretty Near 101 Minutes Straight

As someone once said, "unclouded by delusions of morality."

Toy Threatens Bored Teens in “Ouija”

Unfortunately, some Americans really believe that a board game can open the Gate to Hell.

“The Book of Life” Depicts the Afterlife as an Endless Fiesta, At Least for Some

Del Toro offers a visually stunning romance, as it celebrates Mexico's seasonal Day of the Dead.

Pitt Shares Screen, and Glory, with Vintage Armor in “Fury”

World War II is the war that will never end -- at least, in Hollywood.

Downey and Duvall Headline Familial and Legal Melodrama in “The Judge”

Duvall and Downey sparring are 24-carat, but I can't claim everything about The Judge is pure gold.

Universal Resurrects King of the Undead as Action Hero in “Dracula Untold”

The real Dracula was not a vampire, but was just as bloodthirsty, and possibly even more so.

Fincher Goes Hitchcock and Then Some in “Gone Girl”

David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel is deeper and darker and smarter than any other film you'll see this year.

“Annabelle” Has More Personality Than Her Victims

Who in their right mind would even have that hideous doll in their house?

Fuqua and Washington Resurrect TV’s “The Equalizer”

It would be nice if all bigscreen remakes of '80s TV series were as smooth and classy as this one.

More GEN XX-ers Fight to the Death in “The Maze Runner”

If you don't ask questions, you won't get answers you don't like.

Parks Schools Long in Canadian and Pinnipedal Etiquette in “Tusk”

Subtle dialogue scenes can be more frightening than some crazed slasher jumping out of a closet every few minutes to punish teenagers for having sex.

Elba Schools Henson in the Meaning of Old Adage “No Good Deed”...

Subtle thrillers that take more than half the film to build suspense are fairly rare these days.

Too Many Zombies, Not Enough Time in “Z Nation”

Once upon a time, the entire notion of the living dead was too threatening in its social implications to ever be considered mainstream. Now it's on TV every week.

Hardy gets a Puppy, Bids Farewell to Gandolfini in “The Drop”

I didn't even know there WAS a Chechen Mafia.

Indiana Jones Meets Blair Witch in “As Above, So Below”

I applaud films which are shot in the locations where they're supposed to be happening.

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