Friday, June 23, 2017

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Friday, Jun. 23, 2017

The giant genetically modified pig of Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" is 8-feet tall, 13-feet long and would, if real, weigh six tons. It looks most like a hippo, but it has big floppy dog ears and moves a little like an elephant.
It's a hybrid creature for a hybrid movie. Like the South Korean...

Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017

That two people could overcome centuries-old cultural obstacles, the perils of modern dating and a critical illness and end up together is a great story. That those two people also managed to adapt their own great story into a great movie is a miracle.

It's the wonder of "The Big Sick ,"...

Monday, Jun. 19, 2017

"The Beguiled" is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola's take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the ladies of Ms. Farnsworth's Seminary and perhaps not enough into the wounded soldier who disrupts their lives.

The writer-...

Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

The culture clash drama "Beatriz at Dinner" wasn't written about Donald Trump, but Salma Hayek understands why you might think it was.

In the film, Hayek plays a Mexican healer who finds herself at an intimate dinner party with her wealthy clients and their wealthier friends — including a...

Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017

Of all the CGI-ed supernatural forces slung in Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy" (and, believe me, there are a lot), none can compete with the spectral spectacle of Tom Cruise, at 54.

He and his abs are almost creepily ageless. So it's almost fitting that in one of the typically bonkers scenes...

Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017

"It Comes at Night " has the title of a horror film and, at times, the mood of one, but it is far too restrained to get the juices of the genre crowd going.

That's not an accident or a mistake, however. More likely, it's a cheeky riff on the leaden, generic titles of so many jump-scare...

Thursday, Jun. 1, 2017

With a title like "Captain Underpants," you expect kid-friendly fart jokes and toilet humor. What you may not expect is a sweet story that touches on adult loneliness, the importance of arts education and how laughter and friendship are life essentials at any age.

Based on the popular...

Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Has any lion in winter ever roared like Christopher Plummer?

In British theater director David Leveaux's WWII thriller "The Exception," Plummer plays Wilhelm II, the exiled emperor of Germany and king of Prussia who, having abdicated the throne after the defeat of World War I, has spent...

Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

"Wonder Woman " has been the subject of so much superfluous fuss, it'd be easy to forget that behind all of the hand-wringing and both symbolic and real pressure to succeed there's actually a movie meant to entertain.

Yet, like the heroine at its center, "Wonder Woman" the movie rises...

Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

Here's a general rule of thumb: If you're going to rely heavily on voiceover to tell your movie's story, and exclusively so in the first 15 minutes with an assault of colorful character introductions, you'd do well to make sure that the narrator is a compelling one. Unfortunately for writer and...