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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: Big-screen 'CHiPs' a tawdry, sexist disappointment

24 Mar 2017

Reimagined by Dax Shepard, the big-screen "CHiPs" is a tawdry, testosterone-fueled tale built around penis jokes and endless evaluation of women's appearances.

 

Review: 'Life' is a mediocre science-fiction thriller

24 Mar 2017

Life is a box of chocolates, a highway and, alas, a mediocre science-fiction thriller.

 

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: 'T2 Trainspotting' a nostalgic trip toward adulthood

16 Mar 2017

Nostalgia can be tricky, casting a rose-colored glow on memories that may not deserve it.

 

Review: In 'Skull Island,' Kong gets drafted into Vietnam

08 Mar 2017

Not since Marlon Brando in "Apocalypse Now" murmured of "the horror" has such a brooding beast lurked deep within a war-ravaged jungle as the King Kong of "Kong: Skull Island."

 

Review: A 'Beauty and the Beast' with a new dimension

08 Mar 2017

The Disney "live-action" remakes, of which the new "Beauty and the Beast" is but one in an assembly line, are starting to resemble an iPhone software update. 

 

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: 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: 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: 'Logan' a satisfying end for Jackman's Wolverine

03 Mar 2017

"Logan" is not for the faint of heart — not just because of its brutal violence, but also because it packs an emotional wallop you don't typically expect from a comic-book movie.

 

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. 

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