Reviews

‘The Circle’ uses latest tech culture to state old, tired ideas

A huge disappointment from a talented creative team, the smug cyber thriller works hard to sound the alarm that 'The Net' rang 22 years ago.

Lucinda Williams sets the bar high at intimate Contemporary Art Museum show

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis doesn’t hold many concerts in its small performance space, but when it does, CAM knows how to do it up right.

A Scarlett Johansson New Movie, ‘Rough Night,’ Might Dull ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Fail

Scarlett Johansson is currently getting a lot of heat because Ghost in the Shell was a flop and considered offensive. Despite this will Scarlett Johansson make a comeback with her fans with her next new movie, Rough Night,...

Patient fans of A Perfect Circle rewarded at Chaifetz Arena show

“This is what we consider our get-to-know-ya/re-get to know ya run,” A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan said a few songs into the band’s hundred-minute set Thursday night at a packed Chaifetz Arena. “It’s been a while...

‘Henrietta Lacks’ immerses Oprah in a role nothing like Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey we see on the cover of her own magazine always looks so perfect and glossy and unlined, it’s almost as if she’s an avatar of herself. Hey. If I had a magazine called “R” and I were inclined to put myself on...

A female film novice keeps calm, carries on in ‘Their Finest’

Late in “Their Finest,” an aging, arrogant actor turns to the woman who has helped write the screenplay for a somewhat unlikely hit. It’s due to the absence of others that they have their opportunities, he says, not ruefully but...

In moving ‘Frantz,’ postwar Germans yearn for both truth and lies

“Frantz,” a moving film set in post-World War I Europe, looks at truth and lies and the necessity for both in a grieving world that makes no sense. It’s a kind of reworking of the 1932 Ernst Lubitsch film “Broken Lullaby,” but...

Golf biopic 'Tommy's Honour' merits polite applause, not wild accolades

The sports biopic “Tommy’s Honour” tells the story of 19th-century Scottish golfer Tom Morris Jr. — Tommy, or Young Tom, as he was known, to distinguish him from his father, Old Tom Morris. It’s a mildly stirring and quietly...

‘The Outcasts’ a poor approximation of teens’ actual lives

In the opening scene of the “Mean Girls” knockoff titled “The Outcasts,” our heroine tells us about life at Richard Nixon High School, as we see a plaque in front of the school telling us it’s “The Home of the Minutemen.” There’s...

Nicole Kidman’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ moves at a camel’s pace

“Please just call me Lawrence.” “Will do, Lawrence.” –Nicole Kidman’s Gertrude Bell meeting Robert Pattinson’s T.E. Lawrence in “Queen of the Desert.”   From the score to the setting to the epic wide-screen shots to the title...

On his golden anniversary tour, Neil Diamond still shines

Call it a golden anniversary for a diamond. Neil Diamond, that is, who is celebrating 50 years as a hit recording artist with a world tour that stopped Wednesday at Scottrade Center.

Pizza potential and pitfalls at the Sliced Pint downtown

The Downtown West restaurant features thick- and thin-crust pizzas, plus a version with toasted-ravioli filling in the crust.

Surreal premise builds to a thrilling finish in ‘Colossal’

Finally, the indie hipster romantic comedy/monster movie mash-up we’ve all been waiting for.

Gas prices will rise this summer but should remain low

The Energy Information Administration on Tuesday forecast that retail gas will cost an average of $2.46 a gallon from April through September, up from $2.23 a gallon over the summer of 2016.