‘Sorry We Missed You’ Film Review: Once Again, Ken Loach Sings the Working Class...

“This isn’t going to end well,” Adam Driver says more than once in “The Dead Don’t Die,” the Jim Jarmusch zombie movie that opened the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday. And when Ken Loach’s...

‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ Film Review: Sisters Hide From the World...

In Stacie Passon’s dynamic directorial debut “Concussion” (the lesbian one, not the Will Smith one), a housewife breaks free of her suburban bubble by taking on sex work in the city. With her sophomore...

‘Photograph’ Film Review: Mumbai Romance Feels Sweet but Slight

Meet-cutes are the hallmark of any romantic comedy, and although Ritesh Batra’s “Photograph” is more of a genial drama, its meet-cute is so essential to the plot, the film is named after it. Rafi (Nawazuddin...

‘For Sama’ Film Review: Syrian Documentary Finds Wrenching Personal Take on Conflict

In a lot of ways, the Cannes Film Festival premiere of “For Sama” should have felt like nothing new. After all, the film had premiered in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival...

‘The Souvenir’ Film Review: Sundance Award-Winner Weaves a Dreamy but Honest Memory Piece

In British auteur Joanna Hogg’s exquisitely composed fourth feature “The Souvenir” — winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition — a beguiling layer of innocence surrounds its central character,...

‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ Film Review: Star-Crossed Teen Romance Offers Plenty to...

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‘Bull’ Film Review: Annie Silverstein Finds Signs of Life in Numb Characters

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‘The Professor and the Madman’ Film Review: Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Lack Definition...

I don’t have a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary in front of me but the OxfordDictionaries.com website defines “boredom” as “the state of feeling bored.” Which is about as insightful as anything one...

‘Pasolini’ Film Review: A Great Director’s Death, Delivered in Pieces

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‘John Wick 3’ Film Review: Keanu Reeves’ Assassin Returns for Mostly Enjoyable Threequel

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‘The Hustle’ Film Review: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson Are Robbed of a Worthwhile...

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‘My Son’ Film Review: Efficient French Thriller Sends Divorced Father to Find Missing Kid

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‘All Is True’ Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Biopic Aims High, Falls Flat

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‘Charlie Says’ Film Review: Drama Explores Charles Manson From the POV of His ‘Girls’

Some months in advance of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” a film about the Manson murders, comes Mary Harron’s “Charlie Says,” a very strained attempt to understand the motivations of the...

‘Wine Country’ Film Review: Amy Poehler Comedy Celebrates the Vintage of 50-Something Women

There was a little bit of magic floating in the air at “SNL” during the early aughts. Though the show has been on air since 1975, a fresh cast produced a dose of fresh...

All 22 Pokémon Feature Films, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)

Let's face it, Pokémon has never been a great anime; its messy premise has always better served the mechanics of a video game than the plot of a cartoon. But regardless of format, it's...

‘Yesterday’ Film Review: Danny Boyle’s Beatles Comedy Never Comes Together

Award for lamest idea of the year will almost certainly go to screenwriter Richard Curtis, who has imagined a world where Beatles songs no longer exist in “Yesterday.” Curtis’ twee, nudging, corny comedic voice...

‘See You Yesterday’ Film Review: Sprightly Teen Time-Travel Comedy Reveals Dark Truths

Stefon Bristol’s debut feature “See You Yesterday,” which has Spike Lee as one of its producers, revolves around the ingenuity of two 16-year-old friends, Claudette (Eden Duncan-Smith, “Roxanne Roxanne”) and Sebastian (Dante Crichlow), who...

‘The Quiet One’ Film Review: Reticent Rolling Stone Bill Wyman Shares Little of Interest...

When you think about a Rolling Stones documentary, you might expect sordid details about Mick Jagger’s or Keith Richards’ drug use and rampant sexual escapades, or even the backstory behind the band’s greatest hits...

‘Low Tide’ Film Review: Coming-of-Age Tale About Buried Treasure Digs Up Promising Talent

First-time filmmaker Kevin McMullin drew on his own background to tell a Jersey Shore story in “Low Tide,” and the personal connection shows. His coming-of-age tale doesn’t break new ground, but it does set...

‘El Chicano’ Film Review: Well-Intentioned Latinx Superhero Movie Gets More Wrong Than Right

“El Chicano” opens deep in the heart of East Los Angeles — or East Los, if you’re local — as a group of Latinx kids watches an act of vigilante justice in their neighborhood....

‘Shadow’ Film Review: Zhang Yimou Thrillingly Contemplates Duality

Grand spectacle has always been one of master Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s specialities. His wuxia epics feature staggering battles that defy gravity while placed within the context of intrigue-laden historical fictions. When you go...

‘Meeting Gorbachev’ Film Review: Werner Herzog Gets Up Close and Personal With Former Soviet...

As one watches Werner Herzog and André Singer’s documentary “Meeting Gorbachev,” the mind floats back to the words of the late Gene Siskel, the film critic who was known for, amongst other things, a...

‘Ask Dr Ruth’ Film Review: America’s Favorite Sex Therapist Gets a Cheerful, Enlightening Doc...

If Dr. Ruth Westheimer weren’t around, Mel Brooks would have had to invent a character like her to bounce off of Carl Reiner. A pint-sized, thickly accented German-Jewish survivor of the Nazis who made...

Tuca & Bertie Review: Broad City + BoJack Horseman = Fine Feathered Fun

Are you already missing the urban misadventures of Broad City? Are you also impatiently waiting for the new season of BoJack Horseman to arrive? Then I’ve got the perfect show for you.Tuca & Bertie...

‘Tolkien’ Film Review: Laughable Biopic Indulges in Infinite Great-Artist Clichés

Dome Karukoski‘s “Tolkien,” a new biopic about the celebrated author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” throws into sharp relief the hitherto unexplored tragedy of the artist’s life. Imagine it: you’re...

A Pokemon Superfan Reviews ‘Detective Pikachu’: Problems Come Out to Play in Disappointing Film...

At this point, Pokémon is everything: It’s a card game, a frenzy-inducing mobile app and several long-running anime and manga series. Pokémon’s mascot character Pikachu has helped promote the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,”...

‘Detective Pikachu’ Film Review: Humans and Pokemon Pal Around in Overstuffed, Underwritten World

Is there a Pokémon whose power is to move through your eyeballs and brain and then leave absolutely no impression? Because that was my experience of watching “Detective Pikachu,” a CGI-heavy live-action/animation hybrid based...

‘XY Chelsea’ Film Review: Doc Tackles Chelsea Manning’s Very In-Progress Story

“I’m not a hero,” says Chelsea Manning toward the end of Tim Travers Hawkins’s “XY Chelsea,” a riveting but often frustrating documentary that focuses mainly on Manning’s 2017 release from jail, where she spent...

‘The Intruder’ Film Review: Dennis Quaid Stalks Homeowners in Dopey Thriller

Home invasion thrillers have given us plenty of maniacal villains hellbent on terrorizing helpless residents of cavernous houses. Whether they’re driven by dementia or greed (or both), these villains pillage, plunder, and leave the...

‘Framing John DeLorean’ Review: Meta-Doc Takes Various Tracks to Explore What Drove the Carmaker

A curious experiment that may be best suited to the freedom of a festival setting, “Framing John DeLorean” aims to finally crack the mystery of its titular subject. As we learn early on, the...

‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Film Review: Zac Efron Captures Ted Bundy’s Killer...

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” the stridently descriptive and wordy title for Joe Berlinger’s narrative feature about Ted Bundy, could have been more conveniently used to refer to Lars von Trier’s “The House...

‘Long Shot’ Film Review: Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen Make a Charming, Unlikely Couple

The romantic-comedy director’s main job is to create a story so charming that it convinces viewers to suspend reality, to make them cast away logic, be dazzled and let themselves fall in love with...

‘Non-Fiction’ Film Review: Olivier Assayas Comically Mourns the Death of Literature

It’s difficult to ask hard questions about change and technology and progress — particularly to consider whether “progress” is actually progress or not — without sounding like a cranky old man, but writer-director Olivier...

‘The Kill Team’ Film Review: Nat Wolff’s Soldier Has a Crisis of Conscience in...

Andrew Briggman (Nat Wolff) is ready to go into the army. In his spare time, the young man works out and moves around his room as if avoiding enemy fire. He’s still boyish in...

‘Woodstock’ Film Review: Anniversary Doc Takes Boomers on an Evocative Trip Down Memory Lane

How do you follow one of the most critically acclaimed rock docs of all time? Michael Wadleigh’s seminal 1970 documentary “Woodstock ” was immersive and electric, a definitive, you-are-there experience rather than a here’s-what-happened...

‘UglyDolls’ Film Review: You’ve Seen This Toy Story Before

Doubling as both a colorful recycling bin for tropes and ideas from a variety of preexisting children animated features and a casting session for “The Voice”‘s next batch of hosts, Kelly Asbury’s plush-inspired film...

‘Knock Down the House’ Film Review: Rousing Documentary Follows AOC and Three Other Women...

Abolish your suspicions if you are expecting a standard-issue political campaign movie from Rachel Lears’ inspiring “Knock Down the House,” the winner of two audience awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Along with her...

‘You Don’t Nomi’ Film Review: Documentary Asks, Were We Too Hard on Camp Classic...

Jeffrey McHale’s feature debut, the “Showgirls” appreciation documentary “You Don’t Nomi,” works awfully hard to justify both its subject and its mission. But if you instantly appreciated the cleverness of its title, you’ll enjoy...

L.A.’s Finest Review: Call in the Bomb Squad for This Loud, Dumb Cop Drama

Here’s the bad news: If you’re not one of Spectrum’s 14 million or so cable subscribers, you won’t be able to watch its first original series, the Bad Boys spinoff L.A.’s Finest. Or wait,...

‘Apocalypse Now Final Cut’ Film Review: Francis Ford Coppola’s New Version Might Be the...

At the end of a weekend in which one three-hour movie broke all kinds of box-office records, another three-hour movie drew two resounding standing ovations at the Tribeca Film Festival. Of course, the three-hour movie...

‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ Review: Rock Doc Starts and Ends With...

Linda Ronstadt was always tough to figure out. And for the filmmakers behind “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” which premiered on Friday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, that makes her both...

‘JT LeRoy’ Film Review: Literary Hoax Makes for a Frustrating Film

Justin Kelly’s “JT LeRoy,” tells the true story of author Laura Albert (Laura Dern), who published a series of books under the name JT LeRoy and enlisted her 25-year-old sister-in-law, Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart),...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Film Review: Superhero Season Finale Gives Fan Service a Good Name

Some movies give us what we want, while others give us what we need. Claire Denis’ “High Life,” for instance, is an intense, tough viewing experience, but it offers important ideas about humanity’s future....

‘The White Crow’ Film Review: Ralph Fiennes Captures a Boorish Rudolf Nureyev

We are still in the beginning phases of a reckoning with toxic masculinity that may take years to dismantle, and yet there is a persistent desire to move past it and to attempt to...

‘Homecoming’ Film Review: Beyoncé’s Powerful Documentary Captures Her Once-in-a-Lifetime Coachella Triumph

Coachella turned 20 this year, but prior to 2018, no African-American woman had headlined the arts and music festival’s main stage. It feels appropriate that Beyoncé, quite possibly the biggest artist in the world...

Dead to Me Review: Netflix’s Grief-Com Doesn’t Want Your Damn Casserole

It feels a bit morbid to point this out, but grief has become a certified TV trend lately, with shows like Sorry for Your Loss, Kidding and The First all tackling the pain of...

‘Be Natural’ Film Review: Documentary Celebrates Influential Female Filmmaker, Erased by History

There are moments in Pamela B. Green’s “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché,” a documentary on the pioneering filmmaker, where the form and construction of the film feel oppressively didactic, the ideas...

‘The Conjuring’ Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)

What began as a modest haunted house story, inspired by the real-life paranormal investigations of controversial figures Ed and Lorraine Warren, has grown into one of the most lucrative horror franchises in years. “The...

‘Hail Satan?’ Film Review: Sly Documentary Buttresses the Wall Between Church and State

Described as “counterbalance against dominant religious privilege,” modern Satanism in America is the subject of Penny Lane’s new documentary feature “Hail Satan?,” which doubles as an enticing recruitment campaign making progressive thinkers consider the...

‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Film Review: Terry Gilliam Finally Delivers Messy Fun

With the caveat that “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” might be assessed on the most loaded grading curve in contemporary cinema memory, we’ve got to say that Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited adventure tale is...

‘Fast Color’ Film Review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Got the Power in Feminist Superhero Indie

“Fast Color” is a movie told in visual clues and whispers. A mysterious voiceover that sets the stage for this dystopian near future, followed by an unexplained flashback here, another seemingly random image there....

‘Rafiki’ Film Review: African Gay Romance Breaks New Ground

There are a lot of reasons why “Rafiki,” which played in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival last spring, is a significant movie. It’s the first Kenyan film ever to...

‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Film Review: Haunting Memory Play Culminates in Bravura 3D...

Not to be confused with Eugene O’Neill’s play or any of its subsequent screen adaptations, Chinese box office phenomenon “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” is a mesmerizing hallucination of a film, a journey through...

‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Film Review: Mexican Folklore Gets Whitewashed in Disappointing Horror...

When I was about eight years old, my little sister and I developed a habit of sneaking out of our bedroom in the middle of the night to go watch TV in the living...

‘Red Joan’ Review: Not Enough Drama, or Enough Judi Dench, in British Spy Story

Our first shot of Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) in “Red Joan” is inauspicious enough. A librarian in a cozy cardigan, she’s pruning roses outside her small, neatly kept row house in a London suburb....

‘Little Woods’ Film Review: Tessa Thompson and Lily James Play Survivors in Bleak Modern...

There are some films that provoke myriad thoughts and emotions that stay with you long after you’ve seen the film. Then there are other movies like “Little Woods” that leave you almost completely empty. That’s...

‘Penguins’ Film Review: Ed Helms Narrates a Plucky Pygoscelis in Disneynature’s Latest Doc

Although the name “Disney” has become roughly synonymous with a multi-tentacled corporate octopus over the years, latching onto every profitable pop culture phenomenon it can reach and then squeezing it dry — it’s important...

‘Master Z: Ip Man Legacy’ Film Review: Michelle Yeoh and Dave Bautista Kick It...

The cinematic odyssey of Ip Man — the real-life master of Wing Chun and, famously, instructor of Bruce Lee — continues with “Master Z: Ip Man Legacy.” But don’t expect Donnie Yen to show...

‘After’ Film Review: Harry Styles Fan-Fic Adaptation Goes in One Direction — South

James Dean quit rolling in his grave out of boredom ages ago. Harry Styles is still alive, but why shouldn’t he start practicing now? “After,” one of the more plastic molds of troubled heartthrob...

‘Her Smell’ Film Review: Elisabeth Moss Puts the Rock in Rock-Bottom in Redemptive Music...

There’s a temptation to call “Her Smell” a greatest-hits compilation of the films of writer-director Alex Ross Perry. After all, it’s got the pitch-black humor of “The Color Wheel,” the narcissism of artists behaving...

‘Hellboy’ Movie Review: Rebooted Superhero Saga Hits the Hard-R Horror Sweet Spot

Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy” has always been a story of dramatic contrasts. Here is Hellboy: a musclebound demon monster who fights evil and behaves like a blue-collar schlub, even though he’s the last great hope...

‘Sauvage / Wild’ Film Review: Debut Feature Examines a Gay Hustler’s Life Without Sentimentality

There have been quite a few high-quality American films about male prostitution, from John Schlesinger’s Oscar-winning “Midnight Cowboy” to Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho” and Gregg Araki’s “Mysterious Skin,” and from France...

‘Missing Link’ Film Review: Stop-Motion Animated Feature Looks Great But Lacks Story

Animated films have a bit of an extra struggle: They’re largely marketed toward children and must connect to that audience in look, feel, theme and script, while still also appealing to the actual ticket...

‘Stockholm’ Film Review: Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace Connect in Uneven Heist-Biopic

Ever wonder where the phrase Stockholm syndrome came from? The answer can more or less be found in Robert Budreau’s bank-heist biopic “Stockholm.” The film announces its intentions from the start, boldly declaring itself...

‘Dogman’ Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama

There’s a common screenwriter trick called “saving the cat” — a well-trodden shortcut to build instant sympathy for your protagonist by having them show kindness to an animal. Pay attention and you’ll see it...

‘Mary Magdalene’ Film Review: Rooney Mara Plays Jesus’ Gal Pal in Snoozy Epic

Setting out to tell the story of Jesus’ last days from the point of view of the only woman among the apostles is the brave and interesting aim of Garth Davis’ “Mary Magdalene.” At the...

‘Wild Nights with Emily’ Film Review: Molly Shannon Brilliantly Reimagines Emily Dickinson

Terence Davies did a fine job writing and directing “A Quiet Passion,” a biopic about the life of the late poet Emily Dickinson, whose legacy has been shrouded in a blanket of tales about...

‘Little’ Film Review: Issa Rae and Marsai Martin Bring Hilarious Chemistry to Body-Switch Tale

The simple desire to be seen and valued is usually something we discuss regarding adults, often in terms of onscreen representation and in our romantic and professional lives. Rarely do we talk about what...

‘Teen Spirit’ Film Review: Elle Fanning Sings – Boy, Does She Sing – in...

“Teen Spirit,” which premiered at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, has a scene in which our mild-mannered heroine, an aspiring singer Violet, performs a song with such verve and power that everyone who...

‘Breakthrough’ Film Review: Faith-Based Saga Freezes Out Deeper Analysis

In journalism, there’s a term called “burying the lede” in which the writer stresses a secondary (usually, unnecessary) story and postpones the more essential facts and narrative. Sometimes it can work to the article’s...

Fosse/Verdon Review: Big Stars Can’t Jazz Up a By-the-Numbers Biopic

From the moment it was first announced, FX’s flashy new miniseries Fosse/Verdon — debuting Tuesday at 10/9c; I’ve seen five of the eight episodes — seemed to come with its own pre-written Emmy campaign....

‘Native Son’ Film Review: Updated Take Shows Richard Wright’s Classic Remains All Too Relevant

Revamping Richard Wright’s 1940 seminal novel via a modern adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, first-time feature director Rashid Johnson has made a thunderous impression with “Native Son,” which had its world premiere...

‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’ Film Review: Sleazy Thriller Exploits Manson Murders

On the night of August 8, 1969, Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger and Steven Parent were brutally murdered by the Manson Family. It was one of the most shocking and horrifying...

‘The Best of Enemies’ Film Review: Taraji P Henson Gets Shortchanged in Another Feel-Good...

For the last several years, Hollywood films have been trying to convince us that race relations in the United States can be resolved if 1) a black man goes on a road trip with...

‘Peterloo’ Film Review: Mike Leigh’s 19th Century Epic Recounts a Notorious Massacre

For much of its two-and-a-half-hour running time, Mike Leigh’s period epic “Peterloo” consists mostly of people talking — about what they need in order to be seen, to be heard, and frankly just to...

‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience

If the “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” movies represented DC Comics’ first big-screen steps away from the austere color palette of the Zach Snyder movies, “Shazam!” takes us deeply into primary colors in a single...

‘Amazing Grace’ Film Review: Aretha Franklin Lives on in Resplendent Gospel Concert Film

Aretha Franklin was at the peak of her career and her creative powers when her gospel album “Amazing Grace” was released in 1972. (It sold more than two million copies and became her best-selling...

‘Pet Sematary’ Film Review: Stephen King Remake Digs Up Fresh New Scares

For fans of Mary Lambert’s original 1989 adaptation of the beloved Stephen King book, the new remake of “Pet Sematary” is different enough to offer shock and surprises to even the most ardent of...

‘The Public’ Film Review: Emilio Estevez’s Homeless Drama Is Sincerely Clunky

Emilio Estevez wants you to know that he’s woke. In “The Public,” the director-writer-star tackles addiction, mental illness, global warming and, most of all, homelessness, sermonizing about how social systems fail the least fortunate....

‘The Wind’ Film Review: Striking Feminist Horror-Western Undercuts Its Own Power

The gloomy isolation of homemaking females has long been a significant topic across various genres in cinema, depicted in domestic dramas like Chantal Akerman’s “Jeanne Dielman” and in psychodramas like Todd Haynes’ “Safe.” With...

‘The Projectionist’ Film Review: Celluloid Romanticism Drives Dominican Road Trip Movie

Celluloid romanticism and 35mm nostalgia aren’t merely exploited to validate cinematic purism in Dominican director José María Cabral’s most accomplished feature to date, “The Projectionist,” which had its world premiere at the Miami International...

‘The Highwaymen’ Film Review: Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner as the Cops Who Chase...

There’s a scene in director John Lee Hancock’s film “The Highwaymen” which chronicles the astounding multi-city hunt for the infamous criminals Bonnie Parker (Emily Probst) and Clyde Barrow (Edward Bossert) by detectives Frank Hamer...

Twilight Zone Review: Jordan Peele’s Revival Honors the Original’s Legacy, Adds a Few Modern...

The Twilight Zone is one of the most innovative and influential shows in TV history, and anyone attempting to revive it has some mighty huge shoes to fill. But if you could handpick someone...

‘The Brink’ Film Review: Steve Bannon Doc Exposes the Rot of His Anti-Semitic Strategies

Given his skill at manipulating the press, it’s totally understandable why Steve Bannon would agree to or even embrace being the subject of not just one but multiple documentaries. But where Errol Morris’ 2018...

‘The Chaperone’ Film Review: Jazz Era Coming-of-Age Story Could Use More Flap

Written by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, “The Chaperone” appears to be targeting men and women above the age of 60. And while that’s a demographic as worthy of attention as any, those same...

‘Diane’ Film Review: Mary Kay Place Is Spellbinding as a Woman Whose Life Has...

As a film critic and as a maker of documentaries about filmmakers, Kent Jones has steeped himself in the best of world cinema and remained engaged with it for years, and so the surprise...

‘Slut In a Good Way’ Film Review: Teen Girls Come of Age in Sexually...

Sexual power plays and slut-shaming are the central themes of “Slut in a Good Way,” director Sophie Lorain’s slight but amiable story of three straight teenage girls and their romantic lives. Shot in black...

‘Screwball’ Film Review: Billy Corben’s Baseball Doping Doc Is Disreputable Fun

The Florida Man Birthday Challenge on social media has made Sunshine State criminal weirdness into a badge of honor for us all: Google your birth date and “Florida Man” and you might get the...

‘Working Woman’ Film Review: Israeli Sexual-Harassment Drama Delivers Powerful Sting of Truth

Israeli director Michal Aviad was inspired to make “Working Woman” after watching a range of films about sexual harassment in the workplace. Much to her surprise — and dismay — she discovered that most...

‘Dumbo’ Film Review: Tim Burton Remake Trips Over Its Own Ears

There are a number of best-case scenarios involving Tim Burton directing a live-action “Dumbo” remake. He could give us a hero who is physically unusual on the outside but possessing the soul of a...

‘Skid Row Marathon’ Film Review: Documentary Puts Homeless Runners in Soft Focus

Los Angeles’ Skid Row is rarely a place filmmakers go looking for inspirational stories. It has been home to the city’s homeless population since the 1930s and has only grown in size thanks to...

‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Film Review: Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson Are Dirty Cops in...

Overlong and indulgent, but too often skillful to be dismissed outright, “Dragged Across Concrete” feels like an epic act of trolling for liberal audiences. And I do mean epic: at two hours and 40 minutes,...

‘Out of Blue’ Film Review: Patricia Clarkson Tracks a Killer in Unwieldy Philosophical Whodunit

Some murder mysteries begin with murders; some begin with Mamie Gummer giving a lecture on a rooftop, arguing that all life springs from death, all death springs from life, and 90% of matter is...

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Film Review: Nervy Account of Terrorist Attack Keeps Exploitation in Check

The worry regarding certain movies that recreate real-life nightmares is that the filmmaker sees the incident as a form of action-adventure tourism, a way to fake an experience so that genuine tragedy is reduced...

‘Us’ Film Review: Jordan Peele Terrifies Again With a Chilling Examination of Duality

Examining the nature of humanity can be a dark and depressing venture, now more than ever. A world that feels divided, one which you fear, becomes your greatest enemy. These are the building blocks...

‘Knife + Heart’ Film Review: Gay Porn Murder Story Pays Tribute to Exploitation Cinema

It’s become a time-honored tradition. Every year, Cannes tends to run a spiky provocation towards the end of its 12-day run. Think of it as a foolproof way to give fading festivalgoers one last...

Hanna Review: Amazon Serves Up Another Flashy But Hollow Drama

Does Amazon have a drama series problem? I’m beginning to think it might, after watching the first three episodes of Hanna (debuting Friday, March 29), a competently made thriller that fails to strike any...

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