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Review: Fall in love with 'The Big Sick'

23 Jun 2017

That two people could overcome centuries-old cultural obstacles, the perils of modern dating and a critical illness and end up together is a great story. 


Review: A questionable murder derails 'Rough Night' fun

16 Jun 2017

In "Rough Night," four women on a wild and crazy bachelorette weekend in Miami accidentally kill a guy and try to get away with it.


Review: 'It Comes at Night' a brisk psychological thriller

09 Jun 2017

"It Comes at Night" has the title of a horror film and, at times, the mood of one, but it is far too restrained to get the juices of the genre crowd going.


Review: 'Wonder Woman' film and star live up to the name

02 Jun 2017

"Wonder Woman" has been the subject of so much superfluous fuss, it'd be easy to forget that behind all of the hand-wringing and both symbolic and real pressure to succeed there's actually a movie meant to entertain.


Review: Guy Ritchie reinvents 'King Arthur' to mixed results

12 May 2017

Deep into Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," a bad guy who we've never met before informs Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) and his mates that they'd better be at the castle before dark if they want to see "the boy" and "the girl" again. 


Review: Rot of American wealth is on 'The Dinner' menu

05 May 2017

It's fitting that the first images you see in the riveting family drama "The Dinner" are of food. 


Review: Love triangle undoes historical epic 'The Promise'

21 Apr 2017

The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George's "The Promise" intriguing enough. 


Review: Emily Dickinson tale 'A Quiet Passion' burns bright

14 Apr 2017

There is something deeply funny and also beautiful about the idea that it would take a British man in his 70s to make the definitive film about one of America's greatest female poets.


Review: 'Their Finest' stylishly blends wit, romance in WWII

07 Apr 2017

"Their Finest" is a movie about making a movie, specifically a glossy propaganda film meant to bolster morale in Britain in the darkest days of the Second World War. 


Review: 'The Zookeeper's Wife' tells a riveting true story

31 Mar 2017

In German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife managed to save the lives hundreds of Jewish people, many of whom were detained in the Warsaw Ghetto, by giving them shelter and refuge on the zoo grounds. 


Review: So-so 'Power Rangers' reboot is cheesy, self-serious

24 Mar 2017

There's a question every piece of intellectual property needs to ask itself before a new version is made: How seriously should we treat the source material?


Review: Malick gets some life back in 'Song to Song'

16 Mar 2017

As filmmakers obsessed with his early work continue to ape his style, Terrence Malick has ventured beyond, reaching into territory that is stubbornly spiritual and anti-narrative. 


Review: Kristen Stewart otherworldly in 'Personal Shopper'

08 Mar 2017

Director Olivier Assayas's bizarre but transfixing "Personal Shopper" is not something that lends itself to a simple description. 


Review: RSVP 'no' to 'Table 19'

03 Mar 2017

Stilted conversations. Empty niceties. Forced joy. That overwhelming sense that it might have been better to just stay at home in sweats. It's that horrifying feeling you get being at a bad wedding with people you barely know.


Review: 'Contemporary Color' is a hypnotic concert film

24 Feb 2017

In 2015, former Talking Heads front man David Byrne staged an unconventional show in which he paired up 10 contemporary musicians and performers with color guard teams.


Review: 'John Wick 2' is an extravagantly violent good time

10 Feb 2017

Before you buy a ticket to see "John Wick: Chapter 2," the improbably fun sequel to the implausibly good "John Wick," you might want to ask yourself how much tolerance you have for gun shots to the head, because there are a lot of those in "John Wick: Chapter 2."


Review: 'I Am Not Your Negro' is radical and of the moment

03 Feb 2017

"I Am Not Your Negro" is inspired and informed by "Remember This House," an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin in which he aspired to tell the story of America through the death of three friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. 


Review: Fun performances aren't enough to save 'Split'

20 Jan 2017

"Split" is a movie in which James McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities. 


Review: Affleck's stylish 'Live by Night' is by the numbers

13 Jan 2017

Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he's gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic "Live by Night."


Review: Videogame pic 'Assassin's Creed' is anything but fun

23 Dec 2016

In "Assassin's Creed," a death row inmate is saved by a shadowy organization because they need him to unlock the memories of his 15th century ancestor Aguilar to find the location of an apple that contains the genetic code to free will because Marion Cotillard wants to end violence ... or something.


Review: Scorsese's 'Silence' is a gorgeous, tedious journey

23 Dec 2016

Martin Scorsese's "Silence" is not an easy film to watch. At times it's grotesquely violent, at others tediously slow.


Review: A poet on the run in startlingly great 'Neruda'

09 Dec 2016

Chilean director Pablo Larrain is on a hero's quest to destroy the conventional biopic it seems.