Robert De Niro gets into a fist fight with Sylvester Stallone. Leonardo DiCaprio does bumps of blow off a stripper’s breasts. And Joaquin Phoenix has phone sex ... with his phone? All of which can mean only one thing: wholesome holiday entertainment for the entire family, starting on Christmas Day. But Ben Stiller takes the PG route in his latest, and there’s much to admire in the new Nelson Mandela biopic. We review all those movies this week, and pick the best films of 2013.
De Niro and Stallone coast through this gentle boxing comedy. By Robert Horton
Spike Jonze engineers a winning romance out of bits and bytes. By Brian Miller
The Mandela biopic succumbs to a panoramic view of a great man’s long life. By Robert Horton
Ben Stiller avoids the darker, better side of his filmmaking talent. By Robert Horton
In Scorsese’s latest, Wall Street swindlers have all the fun . . . until the fall. By Brian Miller
How a local comedy writer got his first script directed by Alexander Payne. Bob Nelson already has a Golden Globe nomination. Could an Oscar nod be next?
By Robert Horton
By Brian Miller
By Mark Rahner