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'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Review: A Funny, Bloody Near-Miss

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:40:40 EDT

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in Patrick Hughes’s predictable, formulaic action comedy.



'Lemon' Review: Where Sour Meets Sweet

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:29:26 EDT

Chekhov, Caribbean cookouts and matzo are blended delicately in Janicza Bravo’s highly original movie.



'Marjorie Prime' Review: Future Tech for Lovers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:25:31 EDT

Artificial intelligence allows an older widow to create a spiffed-up version of her husband in this sophisticated sci-fi film.



'The Trip to Spain' Review: Urbane Comedy Hits the Road Again

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:31:15 EDT

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return in the series that features luscious food, beautiful places and barbed rapport—this time with a bit of profundity in the trunk.



'Good Time' Review: Hurtling Toward Heartbreak

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:52:00 EDT

Robert Pattinson stars in this exhilarating thriller about bank robberies, hospital breakouts and the bond between brothers.



'Ingrid Goes West' Review: #love in the 21st Century

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:33:41 EDT

Aubrey Plaza stars as a social-media obsessive trying to find her ideal influencer.



The Stark Reality of Rossellini's Vision

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:12:52 EDT

Starting with ‘Rome Open City,’ Rossellini’s ‘War Trilogy’ pioneered cinematic realism with its unflinching view of World War II’s impact on Europe.



'Step' Review: Striving On- and Offstage

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:12:45 EDT

This documentary looks at the challenges faced by a female step-dancing team in an inner-city high school.



'Wind River' Review: Grief on the Reservation

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:51:25 EDT

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife tracker teams up with an FBI rookie to solve a killing on American Indian lands.



'Detroit' Review: Incendiary, Inspired, Indelible

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:44:19 EDT

Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film looks at the violence that erupted at the Algiers Motel during the Detroit riots of 1967.



'Atomic Blonde' Review: Explosive Action Fails to Ignite

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:44:22 EDT

Charlize Theron looms large as an MI6 agent at the end of the Cold War.



'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' Review: Cold Realities of Global Warming

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:44:03 EDT

The followup to Al Gore’s 2006 film looks at the growing impact of climate change on the world.



'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Review: For Our Eyes Only

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:35:04 EDT

Luc Besson’s sci-fi spectacle blasts off visually, but its two stars fail to shine.



'The Midwife' Review: Born of Experience

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:13:01 EDT

Martin Provost’s film stars two luminaries of French cinema, Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve, as a lonely midwife and her father’s long-ago mistress



'Dunkirk' Review: Finding Humanity in Calamity

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:32:38 EDT

Christopher Nolan’s giant-screen production revisits the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from a French beach during the early days of World War II.



'War for the Planet of the Apes' Review: Evolving Deep Feelings and High Drama

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:44:54 EDT

The conclusion of a trilogy in the simian-human series crosses extravagant action with complex themes.



'City of Ghosts' Review: Journalism in the Face of Terror

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:22:25 EDT

A documentary looks at the improvised news organization Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, created to expose the horrors of life under Islamic State in the Syrian city.



'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Review: Young Blood in an Expanding Universe

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:01:55 EDT

Marvel’s web-slinging series comes of age.



'A Ghost Story' Review: A Movie to Haunt Your Memory

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:15:58 EDT

David Lowery’s feature follows a ghost on his long journey home.



'The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography' Review: A Profile That Fills the Frame

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:41:23 EDT

Errol Morris turns his eye on the artist best known for her work with a massive 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera.



'In Pursuit of Silence' Review: Dulcet Symphony

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:40:54 EDT

A meditative documentary explores quiet and the auditory world around us. .



'Baby Driver' Review: Grand Theft Entertainment

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:39:51 EDT

Edgar Wright’s glossy thriller, powered by an exceptional soundtrack, is the stuff of high-decibel dreams.



'The Big Sick' Review: A Cure for the Common Comedy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:34:59 EDT

Struggles with assimilation and illness are at the heart of this smart, hyperverbal movie.



'The Beguiled' Review: Sexual Tension South of the Mason-Dixon Line

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:17:25 EDT

During the Civil War, a wounded Union soldier is taken in by a finishing school in Virginia.



'Cars 3' Review: Once Too Often Around the Track

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:31:13 EDT

Aging champ Lightning McQueen returns to take on a high-tech rival in Pixar’s racing film.



'Lost in Paris' Review: Comédie Classique

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:12:50 EDT

Nourishing nonsense is at the heart of Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel’s movie that draws from Jacques Tati, Pierre Etaix and more.



'Maudie' Review: A Murky Portrait of the Artist

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:04:26 EDT

Sally Hawkins stars as fictionalized version of Maude Lewis in Aisling Walsh’s feature about the Canadian folk painter.



'The Mummy' Review: A Sand Trap for Tom Cruise

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:07:17 EDT

The star plays a soldier of fortune in an unfortunate retelling of a shopworn tale.



'My Cousin Rachel' Review: Did She or Didn't She?

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:45:38 EDT

A sumptuous adaptation takes a new look at Daphne du Maurier’s gothic thriller.



'It Comes at Night' Review: Unwelcome Guests

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:06:44 EDT

A family’s survival is threatened by new arrivals in this post-apocalyptic horror flick.



'Wonder Woman' Review: The DC Spectacular We've Been Waiting For

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:02:04 EDT

Gal Gadot fights, soars and shines as the iconic woman warrior of the comics.



'Churchill' Review: Historical Mirrors

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:46:01 EDT

A film gets the facts right but comes up short on dramatic imagination.



'Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project: No. 2' Review: Horizon-Expanding Films

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:29:24 EDT

The Criterion Collection’s second installment in the series features movies from countries whose film culture is largely unfamiliar to Westerners.



'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Review: Entertainment Walks the Plank

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:53:37 EDT

The latest in the seafaring franchise is a case study in blockbuster bloat and incoherence.



'Baywatch' Review: Impossible to Rescue

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:35:12 EDT

Hormones at flood tide can’t fill the big screen.



The Grateful Dead: Smothered by Love

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:16:19 EDT

Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary “Long Strange Trip” tells how a group for whom stardom seemed anathema got swallowed up by it.



'Alien: Covenant' Review: Nothing New Under the Chest

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:12:31 EDT

Ridley Scott’s latest is a gore fest that draws from the previous film in the franchise.



'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Review: Morte on Arrival

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:15:14 EDT

Guy Ritchie takes on the Arthurian legend with a raffish cast of characters and a glut of CGI.



'The Wedding Plan' Review: Finding the Groom to Be

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:50:05 EDT

When her engagement falls apart, an Orthodox Jewish woman schedules a wedding before deciding on the guy in Rama Burshtein’s rom com.



'Risk' Review: Cracking the Code on Assange

Fri, 05 May 2017 12:55:26 EDT

Laura Poitras’s latest documentary focuses on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.