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’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.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “The Last Robin Hood”

    September 5, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Last Robin Hood”— the story of the final days of famed actor and lothario Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline).
  • 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.
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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