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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: 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: When the bullets fly, 'Free Fire' comes to a crawl

21 Apr 2017

The shootout, often a ballet, is a battle royale in Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire."

 

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: 'The Lost City of Z' is a mesmerizing adventure

14 Apr 2017

Modest and majestic at once, the films of James Gray patiently burrow their way into the souls of their characters and, maybe, into you. 

 

Review: 'Fate of the Furious' ups action, dials down story

14 Apr 2017

"The Fast and the Furious" hasn't become a billion-dollar global franchise because of its scintillating dialogue and high-minded drama. 

 

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: Math film 'Gifted' is less than the sum of its parts

07 Apr 2017

There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is "Gifted," starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace.

 

Review: In 'Colossal,' the inner monsters are literal

05 Apr 2017

The Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo makes funny, fantastical, Frankenstein-like films that playfully combine small-scale with big-concept.

 

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: In 'The Boss Baby,' it's clear who wears the diapers

31 Mar 2017

Some of the best animated films have been inspired by fairy tales, ancient Greek fables or mythology. Now comes one clearly inspired by, of all people, David Mamet.

 

Review: Dazzling 'Ghost in the Shell' is lost in translation

31 Mar 2017

"I've been having glitches," Scarlett Johansson's part-human, mostly cyborg robot says in "The Ghost in the Shell." "It will pass."

 

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: '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: 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: 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.

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