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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: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

    August 8, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the Steven Spielberg/Oprah Winfrey-produced dramedy “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” about two dueling restaurants in a small French town, one run by Indian immigrants, the other by a ruthless businesswoman (Helen Mirren).
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Magic in the Moonlight”, “And So it Goes”, and “To Be Takei”

    July 25, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews three new films this week; Woody Allen’s latest “Magic in the Moonlight”, “And So it Goes” from director Rob Reiner and starring Michael Douglas, and a documentary about Star Trek star George Takei, “To Be Takei”.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Sex Tape’ And ‘A Long Way Down’

    July 18, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Sex Tape,” a comedy about a young couple (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) who attempt to spice up their marriage only to have things goes awry, and “A Long Way Down,” a dramedy about four strangers—including Pierce Bronsan and Toni Collette—who meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help each othe
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘The Last Sentence’ And ‘Venus In Fur’

    July 11, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a pair of new movies: “The Last Sentence," a biopic about a Swedish journalist in Nazi Germany; and ‘Venus in Fur," Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the acclaimed two-person play by David Ives.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Tammy’ And ‘Yves Saint Laurant’

    July 4, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Tammy,” a road-trip buddy comedy with a woman (Melissa McCarthy) having a bad day along with her alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Also reviewed is the biopic “Yves Saint Laurant,” about the famed French fashion designer.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: “Life Itself” And “Le Chef”

    June 27, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a pair of new movies this week. First is “Life Itself,” which documents the life of the late film critic and writer Roger Ebert. Also reviewed is “Le Chef,” a French comedy with a culinary backdrop starring Jean Reno.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Jersey Boys”

    June 20, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Jersey Boys”, the story of four men who formed the 1960’s group The Four Seasons who sang “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Obvious Child’ And ‘Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia’

    June 13, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Obvious Child,” a romantic comedy about a stand-up comedian who is struggling with the prospect of having an abortion. Also reviewed is “Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia,” a documentary that chronicles the life story of the famed late writer and intellectual.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: Summer Season Preview

    June 6, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl previews the summer season at the cinema, and forecasts what will be worth your time and hard-earned cash.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

    May 30, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “A Million Days to Die in the West,”a comedy-western from writer-director Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) that follows a cowardly man (MacFarlane) as he learns to stand his ground with the help of a woman (Charlize Theron) in the face of a notorious outlaw (Liam Neeson).
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Words and Pictures”

    May 23, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Words and Pictures”, a romantic movie set in a preparatory school in which an English professor (Clive Owen) sparks up an interdisciplinary rivalry with an art instructor (Juliette Binoche).
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Belle’ And ‘NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage’

    May 9, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Belle,”the truth-based story of a mixed-race woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) raised as an aristocrat in 18th century England—when slavery was legal there. Also reviewed is “NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage,” which chronicles the international theater run of “Richard III” with Kevin Spacey portraying the nefarious monarch
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Fading Gigolo’ and ‘The ‘M’ Word’

    May 2, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Fading Gigolo,” the story of a man (John Turturro, who also writes and directs) who takes up a life of prostitution to help his friend (Woody Allen). Also reviewed is “The ‘M’ Word,” a comedy from writer/director Henry Jaglom about menstruation and the workplace.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The German Doctor’

    April 25, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The German Doctor,” based on the true-life story of an infamous doctor for the Nazis, who goes into hiding in South America following the fall of the Third Reich.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “The Railway Man” and “Watermark”

    April 18, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Railway Man” a drama based on the true story of a former P.O.W. (Colin Firth) who searches for his captors decades after his time in a WWII labor camp. Also reviewed is “Watermark”, a documentary on water, and how different cultures around the world treat this, the most basic of human necessities.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Draft Day” & “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden”

    April 11, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Draft Day”, an inside look at the mechanics of the NFL process starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner and “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden”, starring Cate Blanchett.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

    April 4, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the latest installment in the Marvel Universe of films. This time, the titular superhero portrayed by Chris Evans continues to try to integrate into modern society while battling a new foe played by Sebastian Stan.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Cesar Chavez’ And ‘Noah’

    March 28, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews new films “Cesar Chavez” directed by Diego Luna and starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson and Darren Aronofsky’ “Noah” starring Russell Crow and Jennifer Connelly.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Bad Words” and “Anita”

    March 21, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Bad Words”, actor Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, in which a disgruntled man (Bateman) finds a way to enter a youth spelling bee. Hijinks ensue. Also reviewed is “Anita”, a documentary about the life and legacy of Anita Hill, a Professor of Law who was entangled in a sexual harassment case with Supreme Court Jus
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ And ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’

    March 14, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews writer/director Wes Anderson’s newest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” which stars Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton. Also reviewed is the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” which chronicles the life and career of the famed performer.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: Oscar Nominees Available for Home Viewing

    March 7, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl explores a few of the Best Film nominees from last week’s Oscar ceremony that are now available to watch at home.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: 2014 Oscar Predictions

    February 28, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl previews this Sunday’s Academy Awards, giving her predictions of who will take home an Oscar—and her choices if she was handing out the awards.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “3 Days to Kill”

    February 21, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “3 Days to Kill”, the story of a retiring spy (Kevin Costner) who must take one more job in order to protect his family.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Winter’s Tale”

    February 14, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Winter’s Tale”, a mythical romance about a burglar (Colin Farrell) trying to win the heart of a woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) while battling evil forces (personified by Russell Crowe) along the way.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Monuments Men’

    February 7, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Monuments Men,” George Clooney’s latest directorial effort about a group of men (Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bill Murray) that go into enemy Nazi territory during WWII to reclaim stolen artwork.
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

A Good Day To Die Hard (February 14)

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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