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Review: 'Annihilation' is a trippy and frightful fantasia

22 Feb 2018

"The Shimmer" is the name given to the mysterious phenomenon that, after a meteor strike, settles along a swampy coastline in Alex Garland's "Annihilation."

 

Review: 'Black Panther' is dazzling grand-scale filmmaking

08 Feb 2018

 The supposedly cosmically vast Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's called, spans planets peppered throughout the galaxy, but Ryan Coogler's Earth-bound "Black Panther," glittering and galvanizing, stands worlds apart.

 

Review: Eastwood's '15:17' recreates a thwarted attack

08 Feb 2018

In his latest film, "The 15:17 to Paris," Clint Eastwood has taken his famously no-frills filmmaking further than ever before.

 

Review: Forward motion of 'Maze Runner' stalls in third entry

28 Jan 2018

Moviegoers who come late to the "Maze Runner" franchise, which now numbers three, will doubtless have one very reasonable question: Where, pray tell, are all the mazes I was promised?

 

Review: Liam Neeson rides again in 'The Commuter'

11 Jan 2018

The tagline for the Liam Neeson Metro-North thriller "The Commuter" — "Lives are on the line" — feels like a missed opportunity. I would have gone with: "The quiet car is about to get loud."

 

Review: Annette Bening plays Gloria Grahame in 'Film Stars'

28 Dec 2017

Annette Bening gives Gloria Grahame a nobility rarely shown to faded Hollywood actresses in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," a tender if generic portrait of aged glamour.

 

Review: Plummer rescues 'All the Money' from the dustbin

21 Dec 2017

Should Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" be measured by the usual critical apparatus or with a stopwatch?

 

Review: 'The Last Jedi' a welcome disturbance in the Force

14 Dec 2017

A welcome disturbance in the Force, Rian Johnson's "The Last Jedi" is, by wide measure, the trippiest, scrappiest and most rule-breaking "Star Wars" adventure yet.

 

Review: In 'Shape of Water,' a Technicolor ode to outsiders

05 Dec 2017

A warm, generous spirit of affection and insurrection washes over Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water," a Cold War-era fairytale that submerges you in the fantastical realm of the director's Technicolor imagination only to swell into a watery allegory for today

 

Review: In 'Wonder,' a sweetly sincere message movie

17 Nov 2017

It's hard for us cynical souls to walk into a movie advertised with the tagline "Choose kindness" and not shudder in trepidation. What sentimental hooey is this? What new hellish circle of cheese awaits now?

 

Review: In 'Last Flag Flying,' an anti-war tale told again

05 Nov 2017

In this era of rampant sequelizing, has any filmmaker more playfully inverted the standard more-of-the-same monotony than Richard Linklater?

 

Review: In Palme d'Or winner 'The Square,' a charming satire

27 Oct 2017

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund's last film, "Force Majeure," began with the rumble of an alpine avalanche and the wallop of a shattered self-image.

 

Review: In 'Marshall,' a young Thurgood in Connecticut

13 Oct 2017

Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood's notice. 

 

Review: Gorgeous '2049' breaks the 'Blade Runner' spell

01 Oct 2017

"We're all just looking out for something real," says Robin Wright's police captain in "Blade Runner 2049."

 

Review: In 'American Made,' a new (but the same) Tom Cruise

01 Oct 2017

There are basically two kinds of Tom Cruise performances, and both can look pretty similar on the surface. Each likes sunglasses, going fast and smiling big.

 

Review: 'Crown Heights' depicts a wrongful conviction in Brooklyn

25 Aug 2017

Matt Ruskin's "Crown Heights" takes its name from the Brooklyn neighborhood, but its story is both more pointedly individual and more broadly national than that suggests.

 

Review: 'A Ghost Story' casts a bizarre spell

07 Jul 2017

A fatal, off-screen car crash interrupts the picturesque, suburban lives of a young married couple in David Lowery's "A Ghost Story," marooning the deceased husband musician (Casey Affleck) in a kind of purgatory as a watchful, mostly benign ghost.

 

Review: In 'City of Ghosts,' true heroism in an IS capital

06 Jul 2017

So-called heroes sling into action just about every weekend of the summer movie season, but if you want to see the genuine article, you'll have to make your way to "City of Ghosts," Matthew Heineman's documentary about the Syrian citizen journalist collective of Raqqa.

 

Review: In 'The Last Knight,' round 5 for the Transformers

23 Jun 2017

A concussed serenity sets in somewhere in the middle of the ceaseless ballet of metal and machismo in Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight." 

 

Review: 'Cars 3' steers a welcome if imperfect gender shift

16 Jun 2017

Three films in, it's time to ask some hard questions about the world of "Cars."

 

Review: In 'Alien: Covenant,' a return to gut-busting horror

11 May 2017

Ah, the siren song of John Denver. Who among us can resist it? Certainly, not the crew of the Covenant, a vessel powered by a golden sail cruising through space with 2,000 "colonists" in hyper sleep and years to go until they reach their destination.

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