Movie Reviews

‘The Keeping Hours’ Review: Carrie Coon and Lee Pace Grieve, Repetitively

As “The Keeping Hours” begins, seven years have passed since the death of Mark (Lee Pace) and Elizabeth’s (Carrie Coon) child. Six years have passed since the once-happy couple split. These are unpleasant anniversaries, which...

Satirical fairy tale ‘Okja’ lets great actors go hog wild

Tilda Swinton is doing some sort of weird, winking–at-the-audience thing as the face of a company that engineers giant pigs.

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Review: Simian Saga Sewn Up Satisfactorily

The legendary pacifist slogan “War is not healthy for children and other living things” finds a whole new spin with “War for the Planet of the Apes,” in which the super-intelligent apes finally take up arms against a dwindling...

‘The Big Sick’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani Mostly Hits the Mark in Auto-Bio-Rom-Com

You can’t spell romance without c-o-m-a; oddly enough, this state of deep unconsciousness has previously been mined for screen love stories as disparate as the quirky farce “While You Were Sleeping” and Pedro Almodóvar’s haunting...

‘My Journey Through French Cinema’ Review: Bertrand Tavernier Offers Master Class in the Movies That Shaped Him

The paths for young cinephiles are, and have been, many: historian, filmmaker, publicist, critic, preservationist, or simply devoted attendee. Frenchman Bertrand Tavernier (“Round Midnight,” “Captain Conan”) has been all these...

‘The Bad Batch’ Review: Cannibals Battle Skateboarders in Confusing Saga

Arlen, the central character in Ana Lily Amirpour’s second feature, “The Bad Batch,” may be a girl, but she’s no Girl. Whereas the protagonist in the writer-director’s widely praised debut, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” is...

Blending camp, cults, cameos & cannibals, ‘The Bad Batch’ not all bad

Sometimes darkly funny, the dystopian adventure eventually falls apart due to self-indulgence and excess running time.

The First ‘Transformers 5’ Movie Reviews Are In — And No One Really Likes The Film

To call the first batch of official opinions regarding Michael Bay’s Transformers 5, officially titled Transformers: The Last Knight, scathing might be putting things mildly to say the least, about those particular reviews. The...

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Review: Michael Bay’s Latest Hot Mess Is Only Slightly Less Messy

There are a few action sequences of shocking coherence in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth of Michael Bay’s clang-clang-clang-went-the-robot adventures, but fear not, fans of the franchise: if you’re here for the...

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Review: Horror’s Bad Doll Gets a Sinister-Stuffed Origin Story

While one horror franchise falters (sorry, Dark Universe), another burnishes its rep in “Annabelle: Creation,” the enjoyable prequel/shriek-quel to the doll movie (“Annabelle”) that was spun from James Wan’s smash “The Conjuring...

‘Nobody Speak’ Review: Money Muzzles the Media

Brian Knappenberger’s urgent new documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” is the sort of movie that impacts your viewpoint long after it ends. Granted, it’s aimed primarily towards the converted, which is to say,...

‘All Eyez On Me’ Features Tupac Shakur ‘Searching Tinder’ On An iPhone 7 – Seriously!

It is fair to say that Tupac Shakur’s biopic, All Eyez On Me hasn’t exactly been a hit with the critics. The New York Times calls All Eyez On Me “uninspired,” and says that director Benny Boom’s portrayal of 2Pac’s life “is not...

‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Review: Bruce Willis Private-Eye Comedy Dies. Hard.

That hissing sound you hear is the air being let out of Bruce Willis as he struggles mightily to reconnect with once-vital action-comedy chops in the dim, unfunny “Once Upon a Time in Venice.” It’s bad enough Sergio Leone is...

You’re Going to Want to Open Up ‘The Book of Henry’

I had never heard of The Book of Henry until a few days ago when I saw an advertisement for it, and watched the trailer.

Fall in Love with ‘Maudie,’ a Female-Forward Film set in a Backward Time

Cruel beautiful world (a title stolen from novelist Caroline Leavitt) perfectly describes the animating vision behind Aisling Walsh's magical Maudie.