Jan Wahl’s Movie Reviews

Movie Reviews with Jan Wahl

Movie Reviews with Jan Wahl


KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the latest films. On air: Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Queen and Country’

    February 27, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Queen and Country,” director John Boorman’s sequel to his semi-autobiographical film “Hope and Glory” about a young conscript in the post-WWII British Army who lives on military base run by colonial officers. Also starring Callum Turner and Vanessa Kirby.
  • Jan Wahl: 2015 Oscar Predictions

    February 20, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl offers up her predictions for the 87th Academy Awards.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Fifty Shades of Gray”

    February 13, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film adaptation of the best-selling book about the sexual relationship between a young woman (Dakota Johnson) and businessman (Jamie Dornan).
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Red Army’ And ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’

    February 6, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews two documentaries this week including “Red Army,” which reveals the cultural and social changes in Russia as seen through the eyes of the Soviet Union’s national hockey team. Also reviewed is “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” about the courageous of those who put the modern women's movement on the map from 19
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Black or White’

    January 30, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Black or White,” a drama centered around a custody battle with racial undertones between a child’s maternal father (Kevin Costner) and paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer).
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Cake,’ ‘The Humbling,’ And ‘Mortdecai’

    January 23, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Cake,” the story of an accident survivor (Jennifer Aniston) suffering from a drug addiction; “The Humbling,” with Al Pacino as a burned-out stage actor; and “Mortdecai,”a comedy with Johnny Depp playing a bumbling art dealer.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘American Sniper’ And ‘Still Alice’

    January 16, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “American Sniper” based on the true story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), who is at war with himself. Wahl also reviews “Still Alice” that’s about a linguistics university professor (Julianne Moore) who starts showing signs of early Alzheimer’s.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Selma’

    January 9, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Selma,” the retelling of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s (David Oweloyo) march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the passage of the Voters Rights Act of 1965.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: Films To Start Off The New Year

    January 2, 2015

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Imitation Game,” “Pride,” “St. Vincent,” “Birdman,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Big Eyes” and “Wild”—all 2014 releases that she recommends you see at the start of the New Year.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Big Eyes’ And ‘Mr. Turner’

    December 26, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the big films that opened on Christmas Day: “Unbroken,” “Into the Woods,” “Big Eyes,” and “Mr. Turner.”
  • Jan Wahl’s Top Ten Movies of 2014

    December 19, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl takes a look back at 2014 and lists her top ten movies.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘The Imitation Game’ And ‘Top Five’

    December 12, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Imitation Game,” based on the true story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who helped crack the Germans’ Enigma code during World War II. Also reviewed is “Top Five,” Chris Rock’s first directorial effort in seven years about a comedian struggling with becoming a serious actor and his upcoming nuptials.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Wild’ And ‘Happy Valley’

    December 5, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Wild,” the story of a woman (Reese Witherspoon) who sets off on a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail to search for her life’s meaning. Also reviewed is “Happy Valley,” a documentary chronicling the aftermath experienced by the Penn State football program amid the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Antarctica: A Year on Ice”

    November 28, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Antarctica: A Year on Ice”, this straight-forward documentary tells us what it is like to live a full year in Antarctica, including winter, completely isolated from the rest of the world.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Foxcatcher’ And ‘The Homesman’

    November 21, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Foxcatcher,” based on the tumultuous life of wealthy eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carrell) and his wrestling training facility. Also reviewed is the frontier western “The Homesman”, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hillary Swank and Meryl Streep.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “The Theory of Everything” and “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

    November 14, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Theory of Everything,” a biopic chronicling the life of famed physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne). Also reviewed is “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”, which follows the singer-songwriter on a world tour shortly after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Interstellar’ And ‘The Theory Of Everything’

    November 7, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a pair of new movies opening this weekend. “Interstellar” is director Christopher Nolan’s latest; a sci-fi epic starring Oscar-winners Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Ellen Burstyn. Also reviewed is “The Theory of Everything,” starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones which chronicles the life
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Pride,’ ‘The Judge’ And ‘Birdman’ Are The Movies To See Right Now

    October 31, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl says ‘Pride,’ ‘The Judge’ and ‘Birdman’ are the movies to see this weekend, and figure to be strong award contenders with the Oscars and Golden Globes coming up.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Birdman’

    October 24, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Birdman,” a dark comedy about an actor famous for playing a superhero (Michael Keaton), who decides to prove himself by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway play.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘St. Vincent’

    October 17, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “St. Vincent,” the story of a low-down loser (Bill Murray) who ends up taking care of his 12-year-old neighbor, who is the son of a struggling single mom.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘The Judge’ And ‘Two Faces of January’

    October 10, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. as a big city lawyer returning to his hometown to defend his father, a local judge accused of murder, and “Two Faces of January,” an original thriller from director Hossein Amini set in 1960s Athens about a con artist, his wife and a stranger fleeing the mysterious death of a
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Gone Girl’ And ‘Men, Women and Children'

    October 3, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Gone Girl,” a thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel as well as “Men, Women and Children,” a drama about families trying to navigate relationships and communication in the digital world.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Pride’ And ‘Last Days In Vietnam’

    September 26, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Pride,” starring Bill Nighy, based on the true story of a Welsh town's fight for LGBT rights during the reign of Margaret Thatcher, and “Last Days in Vietnam,” a documentary from director Rory Kennedy chronicling the U.S. military's chaotic evacuation during the final weeks of the Vietnam War.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “This is Where I Leave You”

    September 19, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “This is Where I Leave You,” a star-studded film about a Jewish family mourning the loss of their father.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘My Old Lady’

    September 12, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the film “My Old Lady,” a dramedy about a man (Kevin Kline) inheriting a Paris apartment from his late father, which comes with some complications by way of an occupant (Maggie Smith) who isn’t willing to leave.
Scene from "Lore" (credit: Music Box Films)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Lore’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Lore,” a German-language film that chronicles the Post-World War II journey of a group of children…

03/01/2013

"The Gatekeepers" (credit:  Sony Pictures Classics)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Gatekeepers’ & ‘Happy People: A Year In The Taiga’

Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews 2 documentaries; “The Gatekeepers” and Werner Herzog’s “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga,” + Oscars ceremony is also previewed…

02/22/2013

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Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ & ’56 Up’

Jan reviews “A Good Day to Die Hard”, starring Bruce Willis, the latest installment in the long-running series & “56 Up”, the latest in an ongoing documentary series from director Michael Apted…

02/15/2013

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Identity Thief’

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Identity Thief’

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl tells you why “Identity Thief”, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, is a film to skip while “Stand Up Guys” and “Flight” are must sees…

02/08/2013

(L-R) Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin & Al Pacino (credit: Roadside Attractions)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Stand Up Guys’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Stand Up Guys,” starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, about the reuniting of a trio of charismatic gangsters…

02/01/2013

Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'Quartet'

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Quartet’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Dustin Hoffman’s “Quartet,” starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay…

01/25/2013

Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'Broken City'

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Broken City’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Broken City,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe & Catherine Zeta-Jones, about an estranged ex-cop versus a corrupt mayor…

01/18/2013

Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'Zero Dark Thirty' & 'Tristana'

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ & ‘Tristana’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Oscar Award-winner, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and the restored 1970’s masterpiece “Tristana” with Catherine Deneuve…

01/04/2013

Les Miserables Movie Poster (credit: Universal Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Promised Land’ & ‘Les Miserables’

Jan Wahl reviews “Promised Land” written by John Krasinski starring Matt Damon as well as “Les Miserables” starring Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman…

12/28/2012

(L-R) Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann (credit: Universal Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘This Is 40,’ ‘Rust & Bone’ & ‘The Guilt Trip’

KCBS’ Jan Wahl reviews ‘This Is 40′ with Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann, ‘Rust & Bone’ starring Marion Cotillard & ‘The Guilt Trip’ with Barbra Streisand & Seth Rogen…

12/21/2012

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