Sam Eifling



“Exodus: Gods and Kings”

“Exodus: Gods and Kings”

“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the second big-budget Biblical epic of the year, demonstrates on multiple fronts why we need more big-budget Biblical epics. For one, the source material is some of the most fantastic stuff in world literature: The Old Testament wouldn’t stand as the backbone of multiple major religions if it were not, at […]

Movie Review

Movie Review

“The Theory of Everything,” the biopic about cosmologist Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane, works handsomely as a movie about a genius, one who tried to understand the universe at the deepest levels and then tell us about it in an airport paperback. Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen, improbably and rather brilliantly, all the way […]

“Horrible Bosses 2”

“Horrible Bosses 2”

From behind bars, one of the horrible bosses from the predecessor to “Horrible Bosses 2,” here a savage Kevin Spacey, asks the three dundering heroes at the center of these movies who, in fact, is the worse boss: him or them? He might be evil, yes, but early in the sequel, the schmucks — Nick, […]

“Rosewater”

“Rosewater”

“Rosewater,” Jon Stewart’s uplifting directorial debut about solitary confinement, follows the capture and imprisonment of Maziar Bahari, a real journalist who was held on suspicion of being a CIA spy after the 2009 Iranian presidential election. The Canadian-Iranian reporter on assignment for Newsweek really did get scooped up, held for months and interrogated, roughly, for […]

“Dumb and Dumber To”

“Dumb and Dumber To”

“Dumb and Dumber To,” the sequel no one wanted for the past 20 years, is pretty asinine even by the standards of a movie with a misspelling and the word “dumb” twice in its title. It makes children who sound too young to be at a PG-13 movie laugh aloud in dark theaters, so it […]

“Interstellar”

“Interstellar”

Few working directors are better than Christopher Nolan at marrying the popcorn pic with a mind-warping big concept. “Memento” mashed a crime noir into a memory puzzle that put time on a yo-yo. “Inception” folded the heist movie into a stack of dreamscapes, embedding Leonardo DiCaprio in a piece of conceptual pop art. Three Batman […]

“Nightcrawler”

“Nightcrawler”

When we meet Lou Bloom, the protagonist of “Nightcrawler,” we know him immediately to be a man of persistent, easy lies. He is a thief, and a violent one, who nonetheless has some inkling of going straight — or, at least, applying his considerable persistence and smarts to a slightly more above-board operation than fencing […]

“John Wick”

“John Wick”

Haters who rip Keanu Reeves for his wooden acting overlook the concomitant brilliance when he is cast as a tree. The title role in “John Wick” is uncommonly suited to his Botoxian stoicism. Wick, a retired gangland assassin, was so skilled at his job that when he told his then-boss, a powerful mobster name of […]

“St. Vincent”

“St. Vincent”

Bill Murray plays Vincent, the titular lout in the new comedy “St. Vincent,” as a throwback sort of aging American white male. Murray was born in 1950, so Vincent is approaching what ought to be retirement age — and yet he seems to work less than he does fritter his few greenbacks at the race […]

“The Judge”

“The Judge”

“The Judge,” an inoffensive and generally likeable drama that odd-couples Robert Downey Jr. with Robert Duvall, runs like a two-plus-hour chardonnay. Setting aside a few quasi-coarse moments (even a family-friendly film needs to establish street cred on its own terms), “The Judge” plays mostly by the numbers that American audiences have decided they like in […]