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Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
"Mary, Queen of Scots " is an ambitious re-imagining of the Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I saga with modern flourishes and bold performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. But the film, for all its prestige and edginess, its lofty goals and contemporary messages, is not a particularly...
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
In one of Julia Roberts' many heartbreaking scenes in "Ben is Back" — and they're pretty much all heartbreaking — she lays down the law to her 19-year-old son, a recovering drug addict who's shown up unexpectedly for Christmas.
"You have one day," Holly tells Ben with all the authority...
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
Consider it an early Christmas gift: "Anna and the Apocalypse" is the zombie horror holiday musical you didn't know you needed.
Just imagining that first pitch meeting is entertainment in itself. "It's 'High School Musical' meets 'World War Z!' No no, it's 'Glee' meets 'Shaun of the Dead...
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite," a wicked blast of nasty fun, gleefully dispenses with the usual decorum of the period drama to free its powerhouse trio of actresses — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — in a deliciously performed romp through the wigs and corsets of 18th century...
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
The idea of family as a simple, straightforward concept is challenged by the provocative but oddly touching "Shoplifters," the Palme d'Or winning film from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Kore-eda puts his lens on a poor, multi-generational family, living on the seeming brink of...
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
The phrase "world creation" gets thrown around casually and frequently in cinema, but few modern directors are better at fashioning a totally transportive experience than director Alfonso Cuaron. He has taken us to space, to the edge of desire, to a bleak future and back to the wistful anxiety...
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
In a battle between the internet and John C. Reilly, who among us wouldn't root for the latter? Leave us IMDb.com and a few podcasts, John, but by all means, go smashy-smashy with the rest.
Having liberated arcade game characters from their rigidly ordained roles in 2012's "Wreck-it Ralph...
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
The weight of legacy hangs heavily over "Creed II." Not just for most of the characters, who must come to grips with their own family histories. But also for the filmmakers, tasked with making a sequel to a successful spin-off of a beloved franchise. It would put any film on the ropes. Not this...
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
If there is a big studio movie that's more generally crowd-pleasing than "Green Book " this season, I have yet to find it. In this landscape of challenging, provocative, edgy films, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and, of all people, director Peter Farrelly have come along with a movie about...
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
When you think of the wives and girlfriends of criminals and mobsters in cinema and television, what or who comes to mind? Kay Adams? Elvira Hancock? Skyler White? They are either victims of a man's misdeeds or end up becoming part of the problem. They might get fancy jewelry or a big house, but...