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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: A superhero CPA in Ben Affleck's 'The Accountant'

13 Oct 2016
The bean counter cometh. In Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant,” starring Ben Affleck, the paper-pushing CPA — roughly the exact opposite of Schwarzenegger or Stallone — gets his shot at action hero stardom.
 

Review: 'Morgan' a cool, if predictable, exploration of AI

02 Sep 2016

Even if you guess the twist in “Morgan” early on, the title character is still an interesting one.

 

Review: 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' delights in the outrageous

22 Jul 2016

Pour some Champagne, light a smoke and put on something gorgeous, dahling, because the women of “Absolutely Fabulous” are back.

 

Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ a curious sequel

27 May 2016

“Alice Through the Looking Glass,” like its predecessor, owes very little to Lewis Carroll.

 

Review: Paris-set ‘Dheepan’ offers a timely refugee thriller

05 May 2016

French director Jacques Audiard is a curious combination of art-house auteur and genre filmmaker, a brazen showman and gritty naturalist. 

 

Review: ‘Elvis & Nixon’ recalls a bizarre moment in history

21 Apr 2016

This we know: On Dec. 21, 1970, Elvis Presley showed up bright and early at the White House gates, delivering a barely legible note he’d scrawled on American Airlines stationery to President Richard Nixon.

 

Film Scene: Mountain films, foreign gems, Shakespeare and vampires highlight week

14 Apr 2016

April 15 marks the fifth year in a row that the Broughton Street branch of Southeastern clothing and outdoor gear retailer Half-Moon Outfitters has brought the celebrated Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to our distinctly mountain-challenged city.

 

Review: ‘Dark Horse’ a loving portrait of an unlikely hero

01 Apr 2016

You don’t need to know anything about chess, New Zealand or Genesis Potini to fall under the spell of “The Dark Horse.”

 

Review: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ is wildly entertaining

04 Mar 2016

Just when it was looking like animated animal movies had run out of anything original to say, along comes the smartly amusing, crisply relevant “Zootopia” to handily demonstrate there’s still plenty of bite left in the anthropomorphic CG menagerie.

 

Review: Forgettable horror ‘The Forest’ wastes star Dormer

08 Jan 2016

The January movie has long had a reputation for being among the worst that Hollywood has to offer, as though everyone collectively acknowledges that they need a month to catch up on the glut of prestige offerings and awards hopefuls that hit at the end of December.

 

Review: ‘45 Years’ a devastating time bomb

28 Dec 2015

How many great movies could be written across the enigmatic, profound face of Charlotte Rampling? Hundreds? Thousands? At any rate, Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years” is one of them.

 

Review: Jennifer Lawrence carries ambitious, imperfect ‘Joy’

24 Dec 2015

Jennifer Lawrence is a force, whether as the hero of “The Hunger Games” or the overburdened, inventive single mother she plays in “Joy.”

 

Review: Holocaust tale ‘Son of Saul’ haunts and provokes

18 Dec 2015

“Son of Saul” doesn’t just get under your skin — it goes straight to the bloodstream. There, it churns and festers as you try to make sense out of the senseless horror of the Holocaust and the plight of the Sonderkommando — Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis with the genocide.

 

Review: Spike Lee’s blistering ‘Chi-Raq’ burns with rage

03 Dec 2015

More alive than most of the year’s films put together, Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” is urgent agitprop that pulsates with unalloyed rage for the “self-inflicted genocide” of South Chicago and explodes with full-hearted (and gloriously lewd) pleas for peace.

 

Review: ‘Youth’ a captivating portrait of friendship, aging

03 Dec 2015

Superheroes and franchise blockbusters may dominate the multiplex, but Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” is a reminder of the touching, unexpected and unusual places movies can go.

 

Review: Riveting ‘Spotlight’ uncovers church scandal

06 Nov 2015

Mark Ruffalo never walks in “Spotlight.” His very slowest is just shy of a flat out jog. It’s a minor detail, but it’s crucial to appreciating why this studied, smart look at The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the abuses of the Catholic Church is also utterly exhilarating.

 

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: Murray finds some comedy in messy ‘Rock the Kasbah’

23 Oct 2015

Bill Murray is asleep. Or at least he appears to be sleeping when we first meet his character, down-and -ut music manager Richie Lanz, in “Rock the Kasbah.”

 

Review: Actors illuminate the darkness of ‘Room’

16 Oct 2015

Arresting and heartbreaking, wrought with extremes of tension and love, “Room” is as evocative and unforgettable on screen as in the bestselling novel that inspired it.

 

Review: ‘Bridge of Spies’ is an absorbing slow burn

16 Oct 2015

Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” much like its misunderstood litigator, is a film that plays the long game. This complex Cold War drama soaked in shadows, blues, greys and furrowed brows, is a slow burn that challenges the audience to trust where it’s going.

 

Film Scene: Monty Python films light up Savannah screens

08 Oct 2015

The first time I became aware of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” was around 1975, when the pioneering, unorthodox British TV sketch comedy series first began airing on a number of PBS affiliates here in the States, five years after the show had launched on the BBC.

 

Review: ‘The Walk’ earns its keep with spectacular third act

02 Oct 2015

Can a great third act make a great film? Conventional wisdom would say no. It’s silly to spell out, but beginnings and middles are important, too.

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