Hugo

Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer and Jude Law Review: 5 stars (of five) Martin Scorcese’s first foray into the kind of film where a pen holds the secret of a boy’s fondest hopes, rather than get shoved through the neck of a mafia thug, is pure cinema magic. It’s a love letter to, and doctoral thesis on, the magic of early cinema and the imagination in general. It’s done in 3D but proves without a doubt that not only does this film not need that very modern gimmick, but no film with a true heart and imagination...

The Muppets

Director: James Bobbin Starring: The Muppets, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper Review: 3 stars (of five) Jason Segel’s Muppet movie (he drove the project, and cowrote it) is a deepy affectionate, modestly entertaining tribute to Jim Henson’s classic characters that...

The Descendants

Director: Alexander Payne Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Review: 4 stars (of five) The new film from Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt) is a tale of a failed family man trying to make things right with his two daughters as his comatose wife lingers at the edge...

Immortals

Director: Tarsem Singh Starring: Henry Cavill, Mickey Roarke, Frida Pinto, Stephen Dorff Review: 0 stars (of five) Feed a young boy a steady diet of the worst superhero comics until the age of nine, then lock him in a dark box for fifteen years, occasionally feeding him scraps of rotten meat...

J. Edgar

[rating:2.5] Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts J. Edgar is made with all the fine technical skill that is Clint Eastwood’s hallmark as a director–the guy knows how to put together a film. And it’s acted by a Leonardo...