“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 […]