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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 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.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Labor Day” and “At Middleton”

    January 31, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a pair of romantic movies as Valentine’s Day approaches. First is “Labor Day”, a romance set in 1980’s Los Angeles between a prison escapee (Josh Brolin) and a single mother (Kate Winslet). Also reviewed; “At Middleton”, which stars Andy Garcia as an uptight surgeon who romances a free spirit (Vera Farmiga).
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Girls in the Band’ And ‘The Invisible Woman’

    January 24, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Girls in the Band” which chronicles the long struggle of female jazz and big band musicians to break out in the face of both racism and sexism. Also reviewed is “The Invisible Woman” which is actor/director Ralph Fiennes’ passion project about author Charles Dickens. Jan also looks back at some of her favorite movi
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

    January 17, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” the latest action-thriller installment of the titular character (Chris Pine) from author Tom Clancy.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Lone Survivor’ and ‘August: Osage County’

    January 10, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Lone Survivor,” which stars Mark Wahlberg as a member of a SEAL team on deployment in Afghanistan. Also reviewed is “August: Osage County,” a drama starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts about a dysfunctional family that must reunite in their old home.
  • Jan Wahl: The Top Ten Movies Of 2013

    January 3, 2014

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl recalls the highlights of 2013 in film and gives her list of the ten best movies of the year. What will take the top spot?
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Her,’ And ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

    December 27, 2013

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a trio of award-hopefuls this week. First is “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the latest collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Next is “Her”, Spike Jonze’s near-future cyber romance about a man’s (Joaquin Phoenix) new budding romantic interest with an operating system. Last is “The Se
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘American Hustle’, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, and ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

    December 20, 2013

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl takes a look at three new movies coming to theaters this holiday season including early award-season favorites “American Hustle” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and the return of cult-favorite Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ And ‘The Armstrong Lie’

    December 13, 2013

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Saving Mr. Banks”, the story of Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) film adaptation of P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) books about Mary Poppins. Also reviewed is “The Armstrong Lie,” a documentary about the rise and fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Frozen” and “Philomena”

    November 29, 2013

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a pair of new award-hopeful movies this week. First reviewed is “Frozen”, Disney’s newest animated feature which is loosely based on “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. Next is “Philomena” which features frequent award nominee Judi Dench as a mother searching for her lost son.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and ‘Nebraska’

    November 22, 2013

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the second installment of the Hunger Games series “Catching Fire," based on the best-selling novel set in a dystopian future. Also reviewed is “Nebraska,” a road-trip movie from acclaimed director Alexander Payne.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Book Thief’

    November 15, 2013

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Book Thief,” a film based on the best-selling novel about a young girl who takes comfort in books amidst the events of war-torn Nazi Germany.
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Running from Crazy” and “Spinning Plates”

    November 8, 2013

    With Oscar season starting to heat up, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a trio of Academy Award hopefuls this week. Matthew McConaughey stars in “Dallas Buyers Club,” a true story about how a man with AIDS found a way to cope with his mortality. The family of Ernest Hemmingway is featured in the documentary “Running with Crazy.” And in “Spinning Pl
  • Jan Wahl Movie Review: “12 Years a Slave”, “Last Vegas”, and “Diana”

    November 1, 2013

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a trio of movies including stories of a slave-era epic (“12 Years a Slave”), a geriatric bachelor party in Sin City (“Last Vegas”), and the life of a beloved princess (“Diana”).
  • Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: “All Is Lost” and “Torn”

    October 25, 2013

    KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews two new movies this week. First up is “All is Lost,” which chronicles a sailor’s (Robert Redford) journey of survival after a collision at sea. Also reviewed is “Torn,” a story about two mothers who come together after their sons are killed in an act of terrorism.
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

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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

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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