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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Review: Director Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
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. Not the exercise in nostalgia that was J.J. Abrams' "The Force Awakens," Johnson's Episode VIII takes George Lucas' space opera in new...
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Review: Director Craig Gillespie's "I, Tonya"
"I, Tonya" is the Tonya Harding film you never knew you wanted: an outrageously entertaining reappraisal of the Olympic figure skater who, in 1994, was involved in a scheme to injure her main rival, Nancy Kerrigan. Resurrecting Harding from the yellowed pages of '90s tabloids may seem about as...
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Review: James Franco's "The Disaster Artist"
Who is Tommy Wiseau? It's a question that has long befuddled and endlessly amused fans of "The Room," the infamously bad 2003 movie Wiseau directed, self-financed and starred in. Where did this billboard-self-promoting, Terminator-sunglasses-wearing Frozen Caveman Lawyer knockoff come from? (He has...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
Review: Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel"
The great playwright Eugene O'Neil looms as large over Woody Allen's latest film as the giant Ferris wheel that dominates the movie's Coney Island setting. It's not exactly clear whether "Wonder Wheel " is an ambitious homage to O'Neil or a blatant theft of his work. Either way, it will be hard...
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
Review: Director Luca Guadagnino's "Call Me by Your Name"
The hours move slowly in "Call Me by Your Name ." It's summertime in Northern Italy in 1983 on a secluded 17th century villa, where life among the antiquities is beautifully tranquil and nothing is ever pressing. There is time to read the paper in the morning, while delicately picking at a soft-...
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
Review: Director Stephen Chbosky's "Wonder"
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? And yet Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” despite its Hallmark Card appearance, is far from the “...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Review: Director Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
That face. Frances McDormand's face is one of the first things you see in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," and it's impossible not to be struck by its pure decency. Perhaps it's a result of all the other roles we've seen this uniquely fearless actress play, on stage and screen, wrapped...
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Review: Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express"
Director Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express " is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp whiplash. Certainly no studio would make a straightforward, classical whodunit with a budget the...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Review: Director Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird"
Lady Bird is obsessed with place. Her place in the world, in her Catholic high school, in her school play, in her own family and in her unglamorous hometown of Sacramento ("the Midwest of California") and the even more unglamorous part she lives in. She craves sophistication in a way that she can't...
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Review: Director Richard Linklater's "Last Flag Flying"
In this era of rampant sequelizing, has any filmmaker more playfully inverted the standard more-of-the-same monotony than Richard Linklater? His Oscar-nominated "Boyhood" was, if nothing else, a compendium of life's chapters, filmed — and lived — year after year. His "Before" trilogy reteamed Julie...

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