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'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.



From Surreal Comedy to Melodrama

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:14:27 EST

Reviving Julio Bracho, a Mexican director both versatile and prolific, with a keen visual sense and a flair for passionate characters.



'Get Out' Review: Black, White and Terrific All Over

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:33:49 EST

Jordan Peele’s debut feature mixes laughs and chills at the intersection of horror and race.



'My Life as a Zucchini' Review: Magical, Youthful Resilience

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:05:50 EST

Switzerland’s entry in the animated-feature category of this year’s Oscars is set in an orphanage where kindness is the norm.



'The Great Wall' Review: Keeping Monsters at Bay

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:26:49 EST

Matt Damon stars in this medieval saga as a sharp-eyed European archer helping Chinese soldiers defend against zombified beasts.



'A Cure for Wellness' Review

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:02:31 EST

In Gore Verbinski’s new gothic horror film, a staffer at a financial services firm must find his boss in a sinister Swiss spa.



'The Lego Batman Movie' Review: Superbly Silly, With Villainous Supernumeraries

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:51:26 EST

This animated sendup of comic-book epics includes a neurotic Batman, a needy Joker and a desperate Dick Grayson



'Kedi' Review: The Young, Furry Turks

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:21:48 EST

A look at Istanbul’s feline population and its special bond with the city’s human inhabitants



'A United Kingdom' Review: For Crown and Country

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:21:18 EST

In the late 1940s, a young black king returns from England to his native land in southern Africa with a white bride.



'Land of Mine' Review: Reversed Sympathies

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:21:00 EST

After World War II, young German POWs must clear Nazi landmines from Denmark’s west coast with their bare hands.



'The Space Between Us' Review: Tulsa, We Have a Problem

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:19:08 EST

In this sci-fi romance, a boy from Mars and girl from Earth share a dramatic vacuum



'I Am Not Your Negro' Review: Brilliant Notes on a Native Son

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:43:14 EST

An unflinching look at writer and social critic James Baldwin’s life, his struggle for civil rights and his unfinished book



'The Comedian' Review: Graying Performer Works Blue

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:41:30 EST

Robert De Niro’s washed-up comic doesn’t warrant laughs



'A Dog's Purpose' Review: The Soul of a Canine Unleashed

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:47:33 EST

In Lasse Hallström’s screen version of the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, man’s best friend always finds a way home—even if it takes a few lifetimes.



'The Salesman' Review: Real Estate and Dark Revelations

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:17:12 EST

When an Iranian couple move into a new apartment, its previous tenant remains an unsettling presence.



'Gold' Review: Mining for Meaning

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:36:25 EST

Matthew McConaughey stars as a prospector bent on finding gold in the Indonesian jungle.



'The Founder' Review: Cooking Keaton, Underdone Burger

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:36:24 EST

Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the entrepreneur who made McDonald’s and fast food ubiquitous.



'Split' Review: Many Personas, No Personality

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:04:36 EST

In M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder abducts high-schoolers and threatens them with something even darker than kidnapping.



'The Red Turtle' Review: Serene Isolation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:50:28 EST

A castaway discovers the pleasures of nature with some help from a shelled friend in Michael Dudok de Wit’s animated feature.



'The Crash' Review: A Bull Market in Silliness

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:48:45 EST

The government enlists one hacker to catch a hacker in Aram Rappaport’s convoluted financial thriller



'Reset' Review: Lord of the Dance

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:10:37 EST

A documentary follows Benjamin Millepied’s brief, reformist stint as the head of the Paris Opera Ballet



'Hidden Figures' Review: Breaking Barriers of Space, Race and Gender

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:22:35 EST

How three black women in the segregated South helped put a man into orbit



'Toni Erdmann' Review: Pricelessly Preposterous Parental Guidance

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:17:34 EST

A father, a daughter and the father’s alter ego figure in Maren Ade’s German-language comedy, which is outlandishly funny and improbably moving



'Live by Night' Review: Emotional Absence

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:38:27 EST

Ben Affleck’s prohibition-era gangster film is a technically proficient effort in which feeling is forgotten



'20th Century Women' Review: Vintage Bening, Heady Times

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:37:16 EST

Mike Mills’s comedy, set in 1979, follows a diverse group of family and friends in a story about coming of age and coming into feminist awareness.



'Lone Wolf and Cub': Bloody, Absurd and Influential

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:39:28 EST

The six-film collection, recently released by the Criterion Collection, follows a shogunate executioner and his toddler son who roam the countryside, leaving destruction in their wake.



'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.