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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: In 'Get Out,' the two-faced horrors of racism

24 Feb 2017

Fifty years after Sidney Poitier upended the latent racial prejudices of his white date's liberal family in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," writer-director Jordan Peele has crafted a similar confrontation with altogether more combustible results.


Review: A schmaltzy history lesson in 'Bitter Harvest'

24 Feb 2017

"Stalin's tyranny could destroy their country. But not their love." Yep, that's the tagline for "Bitter Harvest."


Review: 'Fist Fight' an indulgence in pre-teen male fantasy

17 Feb 2017

If you like Ice Cube surly and sneering, find penis drawings hilarious and believe real men solve problems by throwing punches, "Fist Fight" is for you.


Review: Glutton for punishment? Then see '50 Shades Darker'

10 Feb 2017

In all the kinked knots and twists of satin that adorn "Fifty Shades Darker," none is more worthwhile to uncoil than the tangled absurdities of its central dominator, Christian Grey.


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: 'The Comedian' a love letter to New York comics

01 Feb 2017

While there are a few good laughs to be had in "The Comedian" — and great cameos by myriad comics — Taylor Hackford's film isn't exactly a comedy.


Review: The McConaissance reaches its limits in 'Gold'

27 Jan 2017

The Reformation toppled the Renaissance but the decline of the McConaissance is harder to delineate.


Review: Lovingly constructed 'Red Turtle' entertains slowly

20 Jan 2017

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


Review: In 'The Founder,' cutthroat big business, supersized

20 Jan 2017

Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald's, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple.


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: In 'Patriots Day,' a community disarms terrorism

13 Jan 2017

Bombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg's "Patriots Day," a stirring ode to civic life in the age of terrorism.


Review: In uplifting 'Hidden Figures,' three women's rise

06 Jan 2017

Theodore Melfi's buoyant "Hidden Figures" is an old-fashioned feel-good movie with powerful contemporary relevance, spearheaded by a trio of unstoppable actresses playing black women who wouldn't be stopped.


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: Bening shines as a '70s mom, trying to figure it out

30 Dec 2016

Way too many films out there are heavy on plot and exposition, light on atmosphere and character development. It's safe to say "20th Century Women" isn't one of them.


Review: The banal looks beautiful in poetic 'Paterson'

30 Dec 2016

Waking up. Making coffee. Walking to work. Talking to coworkers. Coming home. Walking the dog. Going to the bar. Repeating it all again. These are the mundane activities Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson " is made of.


Review: Wilson's words sing in Washington's 'Fences'

23 Dec 2016

The blue music of "Fences" sings with a ferocious beauty in Denzel Washington's long-in-coming adaptation of August Wilson's masterpiece of African-American survival and sorrow.


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: 'A Monster Calls' is a universal picture of grief

23 Dec 2016

If you're not crying by the third act of "A Monster Calls," you may want to have your humanity checked.


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.