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Movie review: Zachary Levi, kid costars make ‘Shazam!’ gosh-darn appealing

Superhero Shazam first appeared in comic books nearly 80 years ago. The character has weathered a long, complicated history, rife with lawsuits and name changes. But always, his bright red …


Movie review: ‘The Best of Enemies’ is Another civil rights drama that centers on the white guy who becomes less racist

As in “Green Book,” the emphasis is defensible in terms of dramatic development. But that doesn’t make its scenario any less irksome.


‘Woman at War’ is a taut environmental thriller with a charismatic superhero

A movie as intensely subjective as “Woman at War” had better have an actress deserving of unwavering attention, and director Benedikt Erlingsson has found her in Halldora Geirharosdottir, who proves …


‘Transit’ is a Holocaust movie set in the present, and the gimmick is surprisingly effective

Directed by Christian Petzold, “Transit” is, at heart, a romance, albeit a far-fetched one.


Movie review: 30 years after ‘Pet Sematary,’ remake shows that sometimes dead really is better

“Pet Sematary” finesses some of the bumpy narrative moments from the original, but where it forges its own path is in rewriting the daughter’s story.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 1:05 p.m.

Review: Emilio Estevez’s new movie has a good message, if you don’t choke on it

Estevez’s heart is in the right place, but he has stuffed “The Public” with too many issues for a single movie, including (but not limited to) addiction, poverty, race, the …


Review: ‘Ash is Purest White’ brings the story of one underworld couple, and a country’s progress, to vivid life

This is one of director Jia Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before.


Review: ‘The Happytime Murders’ is unoriginal, crude and not worth your time

Despite the best efforts of Melissa McCarthy and a winsome Maya Rudolph, “The Happytime Murders” is more like the “Boringtime Slog.”


Movie review: ‘The Meg’ is bigger than ‘Jaws,’ but it has no teeth

Jason Statham plays Jonas Taylor, a disgraced deep-sea-rescue expert who, as it is explained in a prologue, is still living down his decision to abandon several colleagues in the middle …


Movie review: Pups make ‘Dog Days’ worthwhile

“Dog Days” is in some ways a very strange movie, in the way it straddles the worlds of weirdo comedy and family-friendly fare. But ultimately, it’s the pooches who steal …


Actors sparkle in movie about aging

Based on Saumya Joshi’s Gujarati play of the same name, “102 Not Out” is a lesson on life skills and how to rise above the bitter memories and cherish the …


Movie review: Inspired lunacy found amid the gross-out humor in ‘Blockers’

“Blockers” suffers from ungainly, choppy pacing. It feels like a slapdash collection of scenes rather than a balloon sent smoothly aloft.


Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ speaks volumes in the silence

The busy Krasinski also directed, and helped produce and script.


Movie review: ‘Oh, Lucy!” finds a ray of hope in its fatalism

“Oh Lucy!” has moments of comedy but shift in tone and grows increasingly dark.


‘Justice League’ reviews are in, and they’re as all over the place as the DC movie itself

“Justice League” was directed by Zack Snyder, but Joss Whedon (veteran of Marvel’s “Avengers” team-up films) was brought in this past spring to complete the picture (for which he receives …


‘Step’: This inspiring, exuberant doc is the feel-good sleeper of the summer

The movies have given us lots of reasons to feel exhilarated this summer, from the pop-feminist stylings of Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman” to the goofy ensemble kick-in-the-pants that is …


‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’: Bloody buddy flick is par for the coarse

For plot, there’s a bloody yet hard-to-swallow cut of subprime red meat: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is gratuitously violent and preposterous. For acting, there’s not one but two cheese-stuffed baked potatoes …


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 11:18 a.m.

Movie review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is a weird ride

This film drops you into an outer space world that knows no limits on space, time and dimensionality, and asks the viewer to go along for this deeply weird roller …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

Movie review: Latest ‘Transformers’ is more, more, more

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is a fidget spinner jacked up on steroids.


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

Movie review: ‘All Eyez on Me’ not quite worthy of its subject

After a long gestation, “All Eyez on Me” arrives in theaters, directed by Benny Boom, but this disorganized biopic isn’t quite worthy of its subject’s remarkable life.


‘Queen of the Desert’: Gertrude Bell biopic trudges ploddingly through melodrama

The subject of “Queen of the Desert,” writer-director Werner Herzog’s first narrative feature since 2009, is Gertrude Bell, an Englishwoman who, in the years after World War I, used her …


Film review: Deception drives Park’s wicked thriller ‘The Handmaiden’

“The Handmaiden” is as twisty, venomous and sexually frank a film as we’ve come to expect from South Korean director Park Chan-wook, a tale of deceit and infidelity that’s something …


Movie review: ‘War Dogs’ tells a crazy story of young arms dealers

“War Dogs” is too good of a true story not to get the Hollywood treatment, even if the end result doesn’t entirely do justice to the moral ambiguities and larger …


Movie review: In ‘Hell or High Water,’ empathy for cops, robbers

“Hell or High Water” is a gripping heist drama keenly attuned to the outsider politics of our times. Set in the desolate sprawl of West Texas, it opens, like many …


Movie review: ‘Gleason’ an unflinching portrait of life with ALS

The first thing Steve Gleason did after learning he was succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s disease was turn on his camera. The former NFL safety was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, …


Movie review: ‘Pets’ have a lot of secrets in this enjoyable kids film

A movie about what pets do during the day is a winning premise. Of course we want to know what those adorable creatures with whom we share our lives are …


Movie review: ‘Mike and Dave’ need a better movie

Although the premise is spelled out right there in the title, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” makes very little sense. That’s despite it being (shockingly) based on a book. …


Movie review: ‘X-Men’ impressive, but lacks originality

By now it’s pretty obvious how the world’s screwed-up political scene is affecting Hollywood. The same kind of black-white, up-down, in-out, you’re-wrong-you-moron polarization that can be seen everywhere from the …


Tarantino goes overboard with ‘Hateful Eight’

Yep, we’re in Tarantino territory for sure: way too self-indulgently long, and way, way overboard with that N-word.


‘The Walk’ earns its keep with spectacular third act

Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, in a fictionalized telling of his 1974 high-wire stroll between the World Trade Center towers.