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'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.



'The Commune' Review: Domestic Disturbance

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:46:18 EDT

After a husband and wife start a commune in Copenhagen, they discover the joys and perils of group living.



'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.



'Their Finest' Review: Storytelling Victorious

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:55:56 EDT

This scintillating British comedy turns on the making of a dubiously inspirational propaganda film during the Blitz.



Maladaptation of the Species

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:48:53 EDT

After the Luftwaffe bombs the Warsaw zoo in 1939, the heroine of the title tends to the surviving animals while helping to save the lives of hundreds of Poland’s Jews.



'I Called Him Morgan' Review: A Hard Bop Life---and Death

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:43:47 EDT

A documentary looks at trumpeter Lee Morgan, the wife who loved him and the New York jazz scene of the ‘50s and ‘60s.



'Life' Review: From a Single Cell, Growth and Regression

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:51:31 EDT

Martian soil samples contain a lifeform that portends bad news for a space station’s crew.



'Frantz' Review: War-Torn Truth

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:50:22 EDT

After the Great War, a Frenchman’s surprising gesture of reconciliation leads to the beginnings of a romance.



'Prevenge' Review: Prepartum Panic

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:49:56 EDT

An unborn baby sends her mother on a killing spree in a debut feature starring Alice Lowe, who wrote and directed.



'Beauty and the Beast' Review: Live Actors, Dead Wrong

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:25:18 EDT

Disney’s erratic remake substitutes grandiose spectacle for enchantment.



'After the Storm' Review: Loosened Family Ties

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:51:06 EDT

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new drama asks why dreamers don’t fulfill their dreams.



'Raw' Review: A Matter of Taste

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:27:25 EST

Julia Ducournau’s shocking first feature follows a veterinary student who turns to cannibalism; starring Garance Marillier and Ella Rumpf.



'Personal Shopper' Review: Reaching Across the Void

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:36:36 EST

Kristen Stewart stars as a personal shopper trying to connect with her recently deceased twin brother in Olivier Assayas’s creepy ghost tale.



'Kong: Skull Island' Review: Bungle in the Jungle

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:43:42 EST

The outsize ape returns in an effects-heavy feature set in the Vietnam era; directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Tom Hiddleston.



'Logan' Review: Violence and Drama That Cut Deep

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:19:19 EST

Hugh Jackman is back as the mutant Wolverine, a good soul in torment out to help the dying and protect the innocent



'The Shack' Review: A Test of Faith

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:50:53 EST

Octavia Spencer stars as the Almighty in this tale of a father coping with the death of his youngest child.



'Before I Fall' Review: Growing Up Is Hard to Do

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:50:30 EST

A popular senior in high school relives Valentine’s Day over and over again until she becomes a better person.



'Unfriended' Review: Eerily Effective Teen Screen Grab

Fri, 15 May 2015 02:33:08 EDT

Dark forces take over a chat room after an online video shows a teenager’s suicide.



'Ex Machina' Review: Artfully Programmed for Pleasure

Fri, 08 May 2015 02:34:07 EDT

A programmer tests the humanity of a sultry robot at a tech mogul’s estate.



'White God' Review: Bark, Bite, Brutality, Brilliance

Fri, 01 May 2015 02:32:57 EDT

After being torn away from his owner, a mutt leads a pack of dogs in an uprising against the cruelty of humans in this film from Kornél Mundruczó.



Vivid 'Dredd 3D' Makes Rival Thrillers Look Flat

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:23:35 EDT

Meanwhile, "How to Survive a Plague" is a striking true tale of AIDS activists, and Clint Eastwood is in trouble with "the Curve."



Dazzling Drama About, and by, a 'Master'

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:50:14 EDT

Director Paul Thomas Anderson is aided by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a tightly bonded duo. Meanwhile, "Arbitrage" is on the money.



Cruel Kids, Weakling Schools, Hard-Hitting 'Bully'

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:15:29 EDT

Joe Morgenstern reviews 'Bully,' which he calls a 'valuable documentary. Also, "The Island President" takes on climate issues, and "Wrath of the Titans" returns to the mythic age.



'Easy A' Aces Comedy, Hawthorne

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:13:26 EDT

A star-making turn by Emma Stone is the highlight of a smart comedy, says Joe Morgenstern. Plus, "Never Let Me Go" has little hold, Ben Affleck puts "The Town" on the map and "Heartbreaker" proves agreeable.



Thrills Vie With Speechifying

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:45:14 EST

"Green Zone," a Jason Bourne thriller in spirit, is closer to what the Iraq War must have looked like than anything previously captured in a fiction film, writes Joe Morgenstern.



'Avatar': The Unreal Thing

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 14:38:26 EST

Director James Cameron creates a fantastic 3-D planet though some narrative problems intrude, while brassy 'Nine' is, say, a 7½, writes Joe Morgenstern.



Coens Mine Gym, CIA for Thin Farce

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 21:31:00 EDT

"Burn After Reading" could just as well have been called "Forget After Seeing," writes Joe Morgenstern.



Telluride Thrills

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 15:05:00 EDT

Indian dazzler "Slumdog Millionaire" and French film "I Loved You So Long" were highlights at this year's Telluride Film Festival.



'Traitor' Betrays a Smart Premise

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:04:00 EDT

The promising premise in "Traitor" -- a Muslim-American and former covert agent for the U.S. is marked as a terrorist suspect -- devolves into a by-the-numbers espionage thriller.



In 'Hamlet 2,' Coogan Makes Failure Fun

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:23:00 EDT

In "Hamlet 2," a dazzling antidote to "High School Musical," Steve Coogan is endlessly resourceful, endlessly inventive, and makes failure endlessly entertaining.



'Vicky Cristina' Is Charming Allen Roundelay

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 09:32:24 EST

Woody Allen's beautiful if insubstantial "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" -- his most endearing film in years -- chronicles two American girls on a summer idyll in Barcelona. "Tropic Thunder" is a gleeful send-up of big-budget movies and big Hollywood egos.