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Argo (2012)

Oscar-bound dramatization of the far-fetched but true story of six Americans who managed to escape the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and find shelter in Canada by pretending to be actors in a big budget Hollywood space opera. Ben Affleck directs and stars as the CIA “exfiltration” expert who comes ... (R)

2.0 starsScott Marks

Godzilla (2014)

Why do you want to see Godzilla? Is it to see an embiggened update of the famous radioactive lizard? Is it to hear a tweaked, booming, maybe-recognizable version of the famous squeal? Is it to see the big guy breathe his famous nuclear fire? Then step right up! Is it ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsMatthew Lickona

The Infiltrator (2016)

Overboiled based-on-a-true-story cops-and-druglords pic that aspires to portray the strain that acting bad has on good people, and to convey the tension that arises from pretending to form friendships with folks you’re trying to bust. One or two scenes do elicit a wince — co-star John Leguizamo makes the most ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Well, it worked for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. To finish out its trilogy about a pudgy, Type-B panda (Jack Black) with a battle-ready, Type-A destiny, Dreamworks adds a long-absent father (Bryan Cranston) and amps up Part 1’s storyline. In Indiana Jones, the Ark of ... (PG)

2.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Last Flag Flying (2017)

Director and co-writer Richard Linklater (Everybody Wants Some!) takes up the story of Larry (Steve Carell), a recently widowed Vietnam veteran who journeys to collect the body of his son after the boy dies serving as a Marine in Iraq. For support, Larry turns to a couple of fellow vets: ... (R)

2.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Need for Speed (2014)

Oh, man, I was totally ready to dismiss this one as Aaron Paul's deep downgrade in the costar department (Bryan Cranston swapped out for a Ford Mustang) until I got to Michael Keaton as 21st-century Car Talk host, saying that he could feel, "love, vengeance, and motor oil all swirling ... (PG-13)

None starsMatthew Lickona

Total Recall (2012)

You know, in case you'd forgotten the original. Starring Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston. (PG-13)

None stars

Trumbo (2015)

Was blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston, enjoying himself) a self-serving, self-righteous Type A who confused the cause of social justice with his own desire to live well? Or was he a brilliant, pro-worker Good American who figured out how to keep the S.S. Good Conscience afloat during the ... (R)

2.0 starsMatthew Lickona

The Upside (2019)

Director Neil Burger’s remake of the French hit The Intouchables tells the story of Phillip, an unhappy (but fabulously wealthy) quadriplegic (Bryan Cranston) who decides to tempt fate by hiring the least competent life auxiliary he can find: Dell, a broke ex-con (Kevin Hart) who thought he was applying to ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Wakefield (2016)

A Manhattan Lawyer (Bryan Cranston) has an Alice moment when his evening commute ends with a raccoon coaxing him up into the family’s storage loft over the garage, where he spends the next few years looking on in delight as his wife and two daughters agonize over his whereabouts. Even ... (R)

1.0 starsScott Marks

Why Him? (2016)

Christmas, the perfect time for Zoey Deutch to introduce the family to her first serious boyfriend, James Franco. The titular question goes unanswered. Sure, Franco is sweet, cute in a goofy way, and above all, painfully honest, but aside from those amorphous traits we’re never quite sure what it is ... (R)

1.0 starsScott Marks

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