Film Reviews

‘Annihilation’ Is Equal Parts Absorbing, Terrifying, and Discombobulating

Sci-fi horror film swings through its visual achievements and storytelling failures so fast it’ll leave your brain cramped and exhausted by the end. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘Early Man’ Is Centered on the Rediscovered Origins of Football

Though the film took zillions of pains-taking hours to make, it would have worked better if shorter. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Reenacts 2015 Terrorist Attack

Clint Eastwood directs the three American heroes who helped subdue a gunman on a train to Paris. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Winchester’ Offers Engrossing, Eerie Viewing

Helen Mirren stars in the story of the ghosts of the infamous “Mystery House.” Read story.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

‘Hostiles’ Paints Bleak Yet Beautiful Impression of 19th-Century Midwest America

The film offers an evocative look at the cyclical consequences of hatred. Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

‘The Polka King’ Explores the Unjustly Maligned and Ignored Musical Tradition

Viewers at once are immersed in a polka-lined world and view it from a half-satirical remove. Read story.

Monday, January 29, 2018

‘I, Tonya’ Beautifully Blends Memory and Reality

Tonya Harding biopic shows that the “truth” of things often depends on who is telling the story. Read story.

Monday, January 22, 2018

‘The Post’ Defends the Fourth Estate in Heroic Thriller

The story is so interesting that not even Steven Spielberg can ruin it. Read story.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Suicidal Impulses Thread Through ‘Happy End’

This tale of dysfunctional family ties is dotted by calamities amid deceptively calm circumstances. Read story.

Friday, January 19, 2018

‘The Shape of Water’ Has Soft, Sparkling Edges and Grand Exuberance

Actor Sally Hawkins is a big draw, her physically expressive performance well matched to the role of someone who communicates sans speech. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘In the Fade’ Is an Indictment of Hate and Xenophobia

This chilling film about intolerance has renewed relevance in the age of Trump. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Entertains yet Leaves You Wanting More

The second film explores the spiritual side of the Force as characters retreat and regroup. Read story.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

‘The Disaster Artist’ Is a Study in Human Pathos

James Franco nails the balance of control and excess the role requires, while Dave Franco is the perfect earnest, trusting foil. Read story.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

‘The Breadwinner’ Is Anguished and Charming Film About Life Under Taliban Rule

Hardships are laid out in a tapestry of sweet, fable-like storytelling and the harsh realities of the day. Read story.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is Year’s Best Film

With astute insights, incredible cinematography, and a powerhouse performance, the film is sure to be in line for an Oscar. Read story.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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