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Posted Oct 10, 2014 at 1:01 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowBy the time big-city lawyer Hank Palmer admits, out loud, “I’m not a pleasant person,” halfway through “The Judge,” we’re already well aware of that. Played in a slightly clipped manner, but otherwise close to perfection, by Robert Downey Jr., Hank is a self-absorbed jerk who turned his back on his family and hometown years before, and since developed a reputation for being very good at his job, which...

Posted Oct 3, 2014 at 1:01 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowIt used to be simple to write a movie review: Tell a bit of the plot, then say why everything else about the film was good or not, and explain why. Now along comes “Gone Girl,” a film...

Updated Oct 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowChances are you never really took notice of Jeremy Renner till he was Oscar nominated for Best Actor in the 2009 film “The Hurt Locker.” But at that point in his career, Renner was...

Posted Sep 26, 2014 at 1:01 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowCredit is given, right at the beginning of “The Boxtrolls,” that the quaintly old-fashioned, stop-motion animated film is “based on the popular children’s book...

Posted Sep 26, 2014 at 1:01 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowThis is not the Jimi Hendrix story. Not the one that would tell about Electric Ladyland or touring with the Monkees or reinventing our national anthem at Woodstock. There isn’t even any...

Posted Sep 26, 2014 at 1:01 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowMeet Bob McCall (Denzel Washington). He’s a quiet guy, maybe contemplative is a better word. He lives alone, in a spare, clean Boston apartment, and is both fastidious and a health nut. He...

Posted Sep 19, 2014 at 1:01 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowIf you’ve gotten a glance at the trailer for Kevin Smith’s new film “Tusk,” you’re likely expecting a piece of pure, unadulterated horror, something on the order...

Updated Sep 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowGetting the instantly recognizable, oh-so-sophisticated voice of Sir Ben Kingsley to speak for the part of a venomous villain in an animated feature is certainly no stretch of an idea. But getting...

Updated Sep 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowThe Fanning sisters, Dakota, 20, and Elle, 16, have been taking turns over the past decade, starring and costarring in all sorts of different films. Dakota best displayed her chops in “War...

Posted Sep 18, 2014 at 1:01 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowFor anyone still reeling from the ordeal, earlier this year, of watching “August: Osage County,” in which a father’s death reunited a dysfunctional family under one roof,...

Updated Sep 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

By Ed SymkusMore Content NowAsk different people of different ages what first comes to mind when the name of Jane Fonda comes up, and you’ll get many different answers. When I went around asking, I got: member of...

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