Sam Eifling



“Unfriended”

“Unfriended”

The central conceit of “Unfriended,” the latest cheapo horror flick to sate you till summer blockbusters arrive, is also its motivating gimmick. Six teenagers gather online (mostly via Skype, iMessage and Facebook) and notice a strange anonymous character in the video chat room with them. Coincidentally, they’re all making plans together on the anniversary of read more

“Woman in Gold”

“Woman in Gold”

“Woman in Gold,” a cinematic glass of Chardonnay, pairs Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds as an odd-couple team out to right an old Nazi wrong. She’s Maria Altmann, 80-something and living quietly in Los Angeles, an immigrant since escaping Vienna at the brink of the second world war. Her wealthy family was dismantled, robbed and read more

“It Follows”

“It Follows”

You think laughs are cheap? Try scares. The best horror flicks are the cheapest (as are the worst, just to be fair) in part because simple things are the scariest. Heights. Bees. The open ocean. The dark. Scary, all, and free, abundant. Death, perhaps the scariest of all, is free to anyone who waits. Horror read more

“Run All Night”

“Run All Night”

You may be tempted at this point in Liam Neeson’s career to lump his recent movies together, and not simply because the past two features he has made with director Jaume Collet-Serra are “Non-Stop” and the just-released “Run All Night.” (Proposed next titles: “Just Keep Going,” “Don’t Slow Down.”) These blur with the “Taken” series read more

“Chappie”

“Chappie”

It’s rare nowadays to find a movie like “Chappie,” a robot-cop action romp set in a nasty near-future South Africa, only in that it carries an R rating and yet feels designed to appeal directly to 11-year-olds. Everyone has these movies growing up, violent or sexy flicks that become young favorites, but rarely are their read more

“Focus”

“Focus”

Only lately could Will Smith play the sort of world-weary con artist at the center of “Focus” without seeming like he was trying on a jacket three sizes too wide. The Fresh Prince is now in his mid-forties, older than George Clooney in the first “Ocean’s 11,” and clearly aiming for a similar character here: read more

“Hot Tub Time Machine 2”

“Hot Tub Time Machine 2”

If you ever need a couple of hours of quality alone time, check out a matinee showing of “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ the day of the Oscars. You won’t ever have this chance again, I’m afraid, given that there’s not a snowball’s chance in a hot tub that “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ will read more

“Fifty Shades of Grey”

“Fifty Shades of Grey”

“Fifty Shades of Grey,” the tedious new romantic comedy, purports to be about sex, but is instead about two hours too long. In it, a college student named Anastasia Steele falls immediately for a striking billionaire named Christian Grey, who unlike most very good looking very wealthy people, turns out to be something of a read more

“Jupiter Ascending”

“Jupiter Ascending”

“The Matrix” is almost 20 years old now, a figure that seems longer when its shadow sits over the subsequent films by its writer/directors, Andy and Lana Wachowski. First there were the lackluster sequels, which arrived as a matching set of first-wave nostalgia in 2003. The Wachowski brothers wrote “V for Vendetta,” at least, making read more

“Project Almanac”

“Project Almanac”

The Saturday night opening-weekend screening of “Project Almanac” was without a doubt the talkiest, chattiest movie I’ve ever sat through — and that’s a title that takes some serious wrestling to win, after something like 500 movies in theaters. I saw a “Friday the 13th” reboot on Valentine’s Day, in a theater where shoddy parents read more