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Review: ‘Operation Finale’ is a color-by-numbers post-WWII political thriller

The story’s details are truly wild and unbelievable, but the plotting and characters feel rote. Perhaps that’s just overfamiliarity with the story.


With minuscule drop, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is No. 1 again

The opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive.


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.”


Review: It’s a mystery why ‘Papillon’ remake was made

“Papillon,” a remake of the 1973 film about Devil’s Island inmate Henri “Papillon” Charriere, could be described as a prison drama, but it’s probably just as accurate to call the …


Review: McQueen documentary is the best of the many fashion movies this year

There are two Alexander McQueens in “McQueen,” the fascinating documentary portrait of the acclaimed fashion designer, who committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 4:21 p.m.

Stream on Demand: Wisecracking ‘Deadpool 2’ makes the move to home viewing

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.


Review: ‘Puzzle’ is the competitive jigsaw puzzle drama you’ve been waiting for

In “Puzzle,” Kelly Macdonald has finally found a movie that she doesn’t need to steal, because it belongs to her completely.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shines bright at the box office

Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance “Crazy Rich Asians” took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg’s action-packed “Mile 22.”


Review: ‘Little Mermaid’ comes up short of being big fish tale

This live-action romance/drama is a sweet film about love and lore that would have done a lot better in the fall or spring when the box office battles aren’t so …


Review: ‘Alpha’ is simple, but will melt any dog lover’s heart

“Alpha” is an epic adventure tale that tells the story of how humans and dogs came to have the relationship they do, one of devoted companionship and mutual support.


Review: Iko Uwais almost makes ‘Mile 22’ worth it

“Mile 22” is an interesting anomaly in the Berg-Wahlberg exploration of heroism, exploring the darker, shadow side of the archetype. “A killer who looks like a hero, that’s the real …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Stream on Demand: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ makes the leap to home viewing

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.


Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a feast for the eyes, emotions

Universally empowering messages don’t always come in such pretty packages, so you’re bound to laugh, cry and simply love “Crazy Rich Asians.”


Actress returns laptops, calls theft claims publicity stunt

Two laptops actress Sean Young was accused of stealing from a movie production company that had fired her were returned Tuesday after the new director urged her to “please turn …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

’The Meg’ chomps $44.5M, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ opens strong

Adding to Hollywood’s sizzling summer, the shark thriller “The Meg” opened well above expectations with an estimated $44.5 million in ticket sales, while Spike Lee had his best debut in …


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 …


‘BlacKkKlansman’ is Spike Lee’s best, and most necessary, movie in years

While not perfect, “BlacKkKlansman” winds up being Spike Lee’s best and most necessary movie in years


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 2:56 p.m.

Stream on Demand: Christie mystery ‘Ordeal by Innocence’ comes to Amazon Prime

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.


Oscars add popular film category, sets earlier 2020 date

The addition of a popular film category caused the most chatter Wednesday morning, as a clear effort to attract a larger audience by honoring bigger and more seen films.


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 …


‘Mission: Impossible’ bests Winnie-the-Pooh at box office

Tom Cruise sped past Winnie-the-Pooh at the box office to lead all films for the second straight week with an estimated $35 million in ticket sales for “Mission Impossible: Fallout.”


Winnie the Pooh brings his surprising wisdom to the silly, slapsticky ‘Christopher Robin’

The movie gets one big thing very right: the Zen-like wisdom of Pooh, who is fond of uttering such things as “I always get to where I’m going by walking …


Review: ‘Darkest Minds’ has juicy political metaphors, despite thin concept

Although the film is rather choppy and never ascends to the levels summited by Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen, there are still plenty of juicy political metaphors to chew on.


Review: ‘Eighth Grade’ has given us a new iconic teenage heroine for the ages

“Eighth Grade” takes place during the last week of middle school, as the pimply, perpetually slouching Kayla says goodbye to her childhood and warily takes the next steps toward bona …


Movie review: McKinnon is “The Spy Who Dumped Me’s” secret weapon

Thank goodness for McKinnon, who launches this middling material to greater heights through her own sheer will. Now that’s a superpower.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 2:18 p.m.

Stream On Demand: We spy the final season of ‘The Americans’ on Prime

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.


‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ shoots to No. 1

After six movies, 22 years, countless bruises and a broken ankle, Tom Cruise’s death-defying “Mission: Impossible” stunts continue to pay off at the box office.


Review: ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ is fractured yet satisfying

One might look at the film about a quadriplegic man who becomes a cartoonist and think it’s about his disabling injury, the way the catastrophic accident took away his life. …


Review: ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ is wacky DC Comics fun

“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” is a deliriously demented and gleeful skewering of DC Comics characters, superhero movies and Hollywood in general that’s one long inside joke – with …


Review: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is pure action with gasp-worthy stunts

Here’s hoping they never stop making “Mission: Impossible” movies. For as long as Cruise can defy death, age and the normal laws of physics, they should keep making them. For …