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Reviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:24:00 -0500

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Drawing Connections Between 'Young Karl Marx' And 'The Cured'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:24:00 -0500

What do a costume drama and a zombie flick have in common? Critic Bob Mondello sees a connection in empathy between The Young Karl Marx and The Cured.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Mind-Bending Pleasures Of 'Annihilation'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:56:45 -0500

The latest film from Alex Garland, who made Ex Machina, lines up an impressive cast of women to go exploring in a bizarre and dangerous place none of them can fully understand.

'Mute' Is 'Blade Runner' Without An Edge

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:52 -0500

Director Duncan Jones' latest film, a direct-to-Netflix sci-fi/noir tale set in a dystopian Berlin, so narrowly focuses on its hero's traumatic backstory it neglects its fantastic setting.

Occult Forces (And Human Hearts) Stir In Darkly Gorgeous 'November'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:22 -0500

Set in a 19th-century Estonian village, writer-director Rainer Sarnet's fairy tale is filled with dark magic — and mesmerizing cinematography that's even darker.

'Game Night' Is Winning

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0500

A breezily charming cast, ceaseless jokes and a tightly constructed script keep this film about a gaming night gone bad from going wrong.

A Masterful Glimpse Of Humanity's Physical — And Emotional — 'Annihilation'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0500

Alex Garland's disquieting sci-fi/horror film isn't just a meditation on fatalism (but it is that), it's an "atom bomb of a movie, fiery and all-consuming and quite unnatural."

Tense, Moody 'Golden Exits' Finds Drama In Everyday Gossip And Betrayal

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:07:57 -0500

Reviewer Justin Chang says "not much happens — and yet everything seems to be at stake" in Alex Ross Perry's film about six moderately unhappy Brooklynites and the visitor who interrupts their lives.

A Missing Child, A Dying Marriage And A 'Loveless' Society

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:21:00 -0500

Russia's contender for a best foreign language film Oscar is a bleak and searing indictment of Russian society, told through the eyes of a rancorous married couple.

Ticket Sales For Marvel's 'Black Panther' Are Superhero-Sized

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:14:00 -0500

Advance ticket sales for super-hero movies are always super-sized, but even accounting for that, Marvel's Black Panther is breaking records. Civic groups have been buying out whole screenings so that African-American children can experience the film together.

'Early Man' Is A Mammoth Delight

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:01:19 -0500

In the age of digital animation, Nick Park and his team at Aardman are still animating with their actual digits; this lovingly made tale of a prehistoric soccer rivalry is full of charm.

In The Sexy, Silly 'Double Lovers,' A Woman Steps Through The Looking Glass

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:00:19 -0500

French director Francois Ozon's erotic thriller, an homage to the films of De Palma and Cronenberg, is all about mirrored surfaces, twinship and body horror.

In 'The Party,' The Bourgeois Get Petty

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0500

Writer-director Sally Potter zeroes in on the hypocrisy of the British chattering-class but her aim wanders, so the characters stay flat and the satire never kicks in.

Mythic 'Black Panther' Is A Momentous Event In Pop Culture History

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:25:53 -0500

As originally conceived in 1966, the Black Panther was an African king who fought crime in a high-tech panther suit. David Edelstein says Marvel's new film about the character was worth the wait.

'Black Panther' Is A Superhero Story You Haven't Seen Before — And It's Thrilling

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:43:00 -0500

Ryan Coogler's film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — new.

Clint Eastwood Celebrates Old-Fashioned Heroism In 'The 15:17 To Paris'

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:04:13 -0500

In 2015, three Americans on a Paris-bound train stopped a terrorist attack in progress. Eastwood recreates the incident — and audaciously casts the real-life heroes as themselves — in his new film.