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Review: Elliott shines as usual, but 'Hero' doesn't satisfy

09 Jun 2017

At the beginning of "The Hero," Lee Hayden, the aging Hollywood Western actor played by Sam Elliott, is recording a radio spot for barbecue sauce. And he's really, really good at it.


Review: Timing couldn't be better for doc on Assange

05 May 2017

With all the weighty and momentous issues raised in "Risk," Laura Poitras' fascinating, thorny, and remarkably timely documentary on Julian Assange, one of the more subtly illuminating scenes is about something as inconsequential as a haircut.


Review: An uneasy mishmash, 'Unforgettable' is forgettable

21 Apr 2017

True story: Right after the final line of "Unforgettable" was uttered, I felt a sudden stinging on the side of my face. Someone in a nearby row at the multiplex had thrown a roasted peanut toward the screen, in what I can only assume was frustration or scorn, and it landed on me.


Review: Remembering the past, and editing along the way in 'Sense of an Ending'

08 Mar 2017

A film that explores the latent longings and regrets of a cranky, self-absorbed septuagenarian might sound like a tough sell.


Review: Lovingly constructed 'Red Turtle' entertains slowly

20 Jan 2017

When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate?


Review: New Ken Loach film is a searing call for humanity, decency

06 Jan 2017

Just like a Michael Moore documentary, there's nothing subtle about a Ken Loach drama.


Review: Ebullient 'La La Land' is something to sing about

09 Dec 2016

Musical lovers, take a bow. Your favorite art form is having quite the cultural moment.


Review: 'Fantastic Beasts' Promising, Not Yet Potter-Magical

18 Nov 2016

Xenophobia. Prejudice. Oppression. Who's up for a little escapism at the multiplex?


Review: Mel Gibson roars back with bruising ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

03 Nov 2016

Is “Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson’s redemption? Is it his atonement, or perhaps his miracle?


Review: ‘Weiner’ is riveting fly-on-the-wall filmmaking

27 May 2016

There are lots of fly-on-the-wall documentaries. But occasionally there’s one that makes you want to ask the fly: Just HOW did you get onto that wall, and how did you manage to stay there?


Review: Gosling-Crowe chemistry livens uneven 'Nice Guys'

20 May 2016

Take two charismatic actors. Give them characters that are, on the surface, totally incompatible. Stir in some shoot-em-up action, and poof: You have a buddy cop movie.


Review: ‘Louder Than Bombs’ Innovative storytelling lifts film

07 Apr 2016

Few actors, male or female, are better at portraying an innate sense of mystery than the great French actress Isabelle Huppert. 


Review: Diversity not the only issue with ‘Gods of Egypt’

26 Feb 2016

First things first. Could the timing be any worse for a movie with a diversity problem as extensive as “Gods of Egypt”?


Review: Third time’s a charm for the witty ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

29 Jan 2016

If you’re one of those people — and I’m with you — who roll your eyes when handed a pair of 3D glasses at the multiplex, wondering if all this rigmarole is REALLY necessary, then take heart: The lovely, color-popping visuals in “Kung Fu Panda 3” are well worth those darned glasses.


Review: Moretz, winsome and one-note, fights for the human race

22 Jan 2016

One major reason young-adult fiction is so alluring — when done well — is that it gives youngsters such a fulfilling scenario of independence from those older adults in their lives who always think they’re smarter and stronger.


Review: Moore ‘invades’ Europe to teach us all some lessons

01 Jan 2016

Of course Michael Moore exaggerates. Of course he engages in cheerful, unabashed cherry-picking. Of course he sees black and white where most of us see shades of gray.


Review: A sensitive Will Smith anchors worthy ‘Concussion’

24 Dec 2015

One of the most impactful scenes in “Concussion” is a brief and wordless one: Just a few seconds, really, of a high school football team going through its drills.


Review: Chilean miners film resorts too often to formula

16 Nov 2015

Movies are forever trying to capture the essence of the human spirit, and by that measure, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a story more tailor-made for the movies than the incredible 2010 Chilean mine rescue.


Review: Sandra Bullock entertains as a ruthless campaign operative

30 Oct 2015

They say timing is everything — or at least a whole lot. And on several fronts, the George Clooney-produced “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant, has absolutely perfect timing.


Review: A vibrant Mulligan brings historic struggle to life

23 Oct 2015

First the bad news: “Suffragette” isn’t a Meryl Streep movie, despite what you may have seen in the trailer. She has but a few moments of screen time.


Review: Truth is elusive, slippery in entertaining ‘Truth’

16 Oct 2015

There’s a scene in “Truth,” James Vanderbilt’s crisp, absorbing new film about the doomed 2004 CBS story on then-president George W. Bush and his National Guard service, where execs are doing something utterly mundane. They’re looking at a calendar, scheduling a broadcast.


Review: Authentic, moving performances elevate ‘Freeheld’

02 Oct 2015

Few actresses bring the simple authenticity to the screen that Julianne Moore does; it’s virtually impossible to imagine this actress sounding a false note.