Sam Eifling



“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 […]

“Gone Girl”

“Gone Girl”

On his fifth anniversary, Nick is miserable. He wanders down to the small-town Missouri bar he and his twin sister keep up and knocks back a bourbon while languidly twisting the wheel on the game of Life, wondering how he managed to botch a marriage to the girl of his dreams. Then he returns home […]

“The Equalizer”

“The Equalizer”

Though it doesn’t immediately feel like one, “The Equalizer” is a Denzel Washington film by default. He’s by far the biggest star of note in the action thriller, with only his face on the poster. He’s in virtually every scene that does not feature Russian mobsters plotting to find and kill him. And, relatively rare […]

“Tusk”

“Tusk”

The only reason “Tusk” didn’t go straight to video as a schlocky B-flick with a built-in cult following is the same reason it exists in the first place: Kevin Smith. The director has been making movies on the cheap for 20 years, since he shot “Clerks” for less than 30 grand and launched a mini-empire […]

“The Drop”

“The Drop”

In “The Drop,” director Michael R. Roskam follows the old “Jaws” adage to hide the shark as long as possible. Guns permeate this crime thriller set largely in a Brooklyn “drop bar,” a collection point for enough small-time gambling and prostitution cash that it becomes a big-time operation for its gangster owners. But count the […]

“As Above, So Below”

“As Above, So Below”

“As Above, So Below” is a relentlessly stressful horror flick in the model of a classic haunted house B-movie, with a twist. A ragtag group of explorers, led by an obsessive young archaeologist (Perdita Weeks), are spelunking into the recesses of the Catacombs beneath Paris, searching for a magical doodad. The further down they get, […]

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”

There it is, on the marquee. “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” A sequel, in the summer. Who woulda saw that coming. It’s dark, this movie. Not just because it’s all filmed to look like Frank Miller’s graphic novels. All white lines against black background. Occasionally color will sneak in — explosive red lips, […]

“Let’s Be Cops”

“Let’s Be Cops”

Maybe not since the Tim Allen romp “Big Trouble” was slated to open the weekend after 9/11 has a big-studio picture found worse timing in the news cycle than “Let’s Be Cops.” The new doofus-buddy comedy about a couple of 30ish washouts in Los Angeles getting their jollies dressing in LAPD uniforms landed in theaters […]

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

The new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — distinguished here from the 1990 classic of the same title, and oh but how the odometer does spin — is borderline watchable, despite what every bone in your body would tell you to expect. Michael Bay, one of the movie’s producers, has made a recent career of exhuming […]