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Movie review: ‘A Ghost Story’ is an interesting look at life interrupted

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in a scene from "A Ghost Story." Affleck plays the ghost in the new David Lowery film. For most of the movie hes silent and cloaked in a white sheet with eye holes as he returns to his home to look in on his still-living partner played by Mara. (Bret Curry / A24)
Dallas filmmaker David Lowery seemed well on his way to blockbuster territory with his last film, a stylized update of the ’70s Disney hit “Pete’s Dragon.” That destination seemed even more a certainty when word came out that he’d be remaking “Peter Pan.” But, for Lowery, the way to the Hollywood Hills still winds through the North Texas flatlands as he hasn’t forgotten his roots. “A Ghost Story,” a hypnotic, melancholic low-budget meditation on love, heartbreak, and memory that was shot in Irving, Fort Worth, and Dallas, is about as far away from Neverland as could be imagined.

Movie review: ‘Dunkirk’ is an instant war classic

Kenneth Branagh as Navy Commander Bolton in a scene from “Dunkirk.” (Melinda Sue Gordon / Warner Bros. Pictures)
Not much can prepare you for the heart-stopping immersion of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” his tribute to the World War II battle that looms large in the history and heart of England. The 1940 evacuation of more than 300,000 British soldiers from a French beach, under heavy fire from German soldiers and planes, was aided by a flotilla of small boats captained by civilians from across the English Channel. That show of bravery and solidarity is still spoken of today as “the Dunkirk spirit,” which Nolan presents beautifully in this simply astonishing cinematic achievement.

Can big-screen comedy survive the superhero era?

Kumail Nanjiani, right, and Zoe Kazan in a scene from “The Big Sick.” The Judd Apatow-produced film made $6.8 million in three weeks of limited release. (Lionsgate)
Laughs are drying up at the multiplex, and it’s a trend that goes beyond this summer. Last year, the shockingly poor performance of Andy Samberg’s “Popstar” ($9.6 million in its entire run) foreshadowed the trouble to come. There have been some successes (“Bad Moms,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Central Intelligence,” “Spy,”) but it’s been a long while since a cultural sensation like “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” “The Hangover” or “Bridesmaids.”

Review: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is a rare breed of blockbuster

Karin Konoval, left, and Amiah Miller in “War for the Planet of the Apes.” (Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fo / Twentieth Century Fox)
The recent “Planet of the Apes” series feels like a miracle. Starting with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in 2011, followed by “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” in 2014, and with this summer’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the blockbuster franchise has prioritized story, character and emotion without ever sacrificing spectacle.

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