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'Coco' Review: Delight of the Living Dead

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:41 EST

In Pixar’s latest, a Mexican boy searches the Land of the Dead for family secrets and his musical muse.



'Justice League' Review: Crowd Displeaser

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:19:03 EST

The latest from the DC Cinematic Universe trafficks in convincing depression and ersatz elation.



'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' Review: Soul Practitioner

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:17:27 EST

Denzel Washington stars as a lawyer from another era in Dan Gilroy’s florid crime drama.



'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Review: Signs of Life Too Vivid to Miss

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:45:30 EST

Martin McDonagh’s third feature puts the soul of an Ozarks town on display.



'Murder on the Orient Express' Review: Losing Track of Entertainment

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:44:27 EST

Kenneth Branagh’s version of the Agatha Christie classic is more punishment than crime.



'Last Flag Flying': Surrendering to the Conventional

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:31:52 EDT

Richard Linklater has created a sequel of sorts to “The Last Detail.”



'Lady Bird': A Surpassing High-School Beauty

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:30:58 EDT

Greta Gerwig’s debut as a writer-director follows a young woman through the fervent events of her senior year at a Catholic high school.



'The Square' Review: Satire With All the Right Angles

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:14:19 EDT

A charismatic curator of a Swedish modern art museum is at the center of a world both abstract and explosively concrete.



'Suburbicon' Review: Fencing Off the Funny

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:07:25 EDT

Very bad neighbors populate a black comedy based on a Coen brothers script.



'Novitiate' Review: An Act of Faith

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:52:15 EDT

A young woman enters the convent at a time of major doctrinal changes in Maggie Betts’s debut feature.



'Only the Brave' Review: A Family of Heroes

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:36:34 EDT

A harrowing dramatization of the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the 2013 fire near Yarnell, Ariz.



'Faces Places' Review: Enlarging the Everyday

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:04:48 EDT

In their new documentary, photographer and muralist JR and legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda team up to make ordinary people extraordinary.



'Marshall' Review: Soundly Argued, Acutely Observed

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:54:11 EDT

A young Thurgood Marshall defends a black chauffeur accused of kidnapping and raping a wealthy white woman in Connecticut.



'Professor Marston & the Wonder Women' Review: Superhero Kink

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:39:29 EDT

The surprising story of Wonder Woman’s creation involves a Harvard psychology professor breaking social taboos.



'Human Flow' Review: Migrants Through an Artist's Eye

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:36:15 EDT

Ai Weiwei’s documentary offers a view of refugees quite apart from that on TV news reports.



'The Florida Project' Review: Precarious Joy in the Shadow of Disney

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:05:37 EDT

Sean Baker’s new film follows a group of children living in poverty just outside the iconic theme park.



'Blade Runner 2049' Review: A Classic Renewed With Soulful Beauty

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:14:57 EDT

The gift of life is explored in this sequel starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.



'American Made' Review: High-Flying History

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:31:56 EDT

Tom Cruise stars as the pilot who shuttled contraband for both the CIA and the Medellín Cartel.



'Lucky' Review: The Star Who Aspired to a State of Nothingness

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:06:47 EDT

Harry Dean Stanton, who died earlier this month, stars in this tribute to character actors.



'Abundant Acreage Available' Review: Living and Dying off the Land

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:06:11 EDT

After their father dies, two siblings must decide what to do with his 50-acre tobacco farm in North Carolina.



'The Sound' Review: Audible Horror

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:05:36 EDT

A debunker of the paranormal confronts the unknown in a subway station in this spooky sonic film.



'Battle of the Sexes' Review: With Ace Actors, but Not Without Its Faults

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:14:02 EDT

Steve Carell and Emma Stone star as Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in the story of the infamous man vs. woman tennis match of 1973.



'Stronger' Review: What Makes a Hero?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:15:55 EDT

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in a film that turns hero worship upside down.



'Shot' Review: Split-Screen Social Drama

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:15:36 EDT

Jeremy Kagan’s film tells the story of how one stray bullet changed three lives.



'Mother!' Review: Giving Birth to Madness

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:33:57 EDT

Darren Aronofsky offers a tension-filled trip into his personal underworld in the new film starring Jennifer Lawrence.



'Ex Libris: New York Public Library' Review: The Heart of a City

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:51:04 EDT

Frederick Wiseman’s documentary about the storied institution makes the case for the library as an urgent idea.



Seismic Rumble in the Rockies

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:46:07 EDT

This year’s Telluride Film Festival acknowledged the impact of streaming services on movies while staying true to its cinema calling.



Close Reunions of the Best Kind

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:03:40 EDT

A limited run of Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on the film’s 40th anniversary offers a chance to compare the sci-fi masterpiece with modern blockbusters.



'Polina' Review: Risky Leaps, Moving Odyssey

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:10:43 EDT

From a husband-and-wife team comes an emotionally compelling, brilliantly acted film about a Russian dancer.



'Beach Rats' Review: Self-Discovery on the Boardwalk

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:33:58 EDT

Eliza Hittman’s coming-of-age story follows a young man’s sexual maturation in south Brooklyn.



'Sidemen: Long Road to Glory' Review: They Brought the Blues to Life

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:47:06 EDT

Pinetop Perkins, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and Hubert Sumlin played with the greats, and this documentary hopes to give them the recognition they deserve.



'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.



'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.



'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Review: Far-Flung Identity Quest

Fri, 05 May 2017 07:58:14 EDT

Star-Lord sets out to find himself in the followup to Disney and Marvel’s sci-fi comedy.



'Citizen Jane: Battle for the City': An Urban Legend Comes to Life

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:01:32 EDT

Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary evokes the immortal combat between writer-activist Jane Jacobs, and Robert Moses, the relentless titan of urban renewal.



'Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent' Review: Kitchen Drama, Culinary Glory

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:45:15 EDT

Lydia Tenaglia’s documentary profiles one of the central figures of the American food movement.



'The Fate of the Furious' Review: Nothing Good Under the Hood

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:44:23 EDT

The latest entry in the high-horsepower series goes nowhere in a vrooming hurry.



'The Lost City of Z' Review: Where Passion Is Unexplored Territory

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:22:50 EDT

The true-life tale of lost Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett loses its dramatic way.



'Graduation' Review: Making the Grade

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:19:06 EDT

A surgeon betrays his principles to make sure his daughter succeeds on a crucial exam.



'Truman' Review: Coming to Terms

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:18:19 EDT

A terminally ill man receives a visit from an old friend who helps him accept his fate and find a home for his beloved dog.



'Tommy's Honour' Review: Legacy on the Links

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:17:53 EDT

This 19th-century tale of love and rivalry celebrates legendary father-son golfers.