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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ is better than you think – seriously

There’s a new movie that teaches valuable lessons about teamwork and forgiveness. It boasts a plot and action based on the foundational principles of mathematics. And it encourages girls to …

‘47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ drowns in other shark movie references

It just isn’t summer until someone punches a shark. Since Jason Statham is off on “Hobbs & Shaw” duties, that task falls to Canadian actress Sophie Nilisse, the plucky heroine …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

‘Good Boys’ is surprisingly sweet comedy about raunchy side of tween boy life

Much has been made of how “Good Boys” – an R-rated comedy about a trio of sixth-grade nerds caught up in a misadventure involving drugs, sex toys, beer and slapstick …

Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ becomes a bit of a bore

Narrated by 15-year-old Bee Branch, Maria Semple’s epistolary comedy conveys its story of Bee; her brilliant, devoted ex-architect mother, Bernadette; and Microsoft visionary father, Elgin, by way of emails, FBI …

‘Endgame’ has full phalanx of Marvel heroes

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

10 under $10: Aug. 9-15

Our picks for fun things to do on the cheap.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Review: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ gives Gen Z its own delightfully dorky ‘Indiana Jones’

Dora, with her backpack, sunny outlook and multicultural perspective, is truly the hero we need for this century.

Review: ‘Scary Stories’ gets the kids right

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” actually makes you care about the fates of its characters, likable or venal. It has a way of treating even the gross-out bits, …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Review: Mob wives brutally take over the business in ‘The Kitchen’

It’s two-thirds of the way through “The Kitchen” before anyone asks Kathy Brennan (Melissa McCarthy) what, exactly, she wants. It’s her son, at the dinner table. We’ve seen Kathy struggle …

Stream On Demand: Netflix cooks up action with ‘Wu Assassins’

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

Review: ‘The Farewell’ is a heartfelt sendoff to big family traditions, truths and a ‘good lie’

In her moving sophomore feature film, “The Farewell,” writer/director Lulu Wang dives into the specific and the personal to unearth universal nuggets of divine truth about family, faith and fear. …

Review: Dog drama ‘Art of Racing in the Rain’ laps up pathos

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is ostensibly a story about what Enzo the dog learns about life as a companion to Denny, Eve and Zoe, a wordless omnipresence …

10 under $10: Aug. 2-8

Our picks for fun things to do on the cheap.

Stream on Demand: Chris Evans takes on role of Israeli agent in Netflix drama

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

Review: Jamie Bell’s performance is more than ‘Skin’ deep

“Skin” is the scariest film of the year. It doesn’t need creatures from other worlds trying to kill the population or the undead creeping around in search of a brain …

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 3:34 p.m.

Review: In ‘Fast and the Furious’ spinoff ‘Hobbs & Shaw,’ co-stars Kirby, Elba take the wheel

Dwayne Johnson possesses a kind of radioactively powerful charm, and Jason Statham’s sinister Cockney growl never fails. Which is why it’s absolutely shocking to watch Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba …

Review: ‘Wild Rose’ is rare film that tells truth about what it means to be female artist

A sweet, stirring and yet refreshingly unsentimental tale of a singer with ambition (and pipes to match), “Wild Rose” is like the anti-“A Star Is Born.” Set in Glasgow, Scotland, …

UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Review: Leonard Cohen and his muse are subjects of absorbing documentary

The absorbing documentary “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” chronicles the creative and romantic collaboration between musician Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, who inspired several of his earliest songs, including …

Stream on Demand: ‘Orange’ is the color of the week

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

Review: Goofy ‘Diamantino’ mixes neo-noir and memes

An exploration in absurdist comedy and the symptoms of modern-day, “Diamantino,” directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, has all the anti-climactic plot mess of a neo-noir but is doused …

UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ could be Tarantino’s most sensitive film

It’s shocking to say that Quentin Tarantino’s Manson murders film is perhaps his most sedate and self-reflective yet. But maybe that’s because it’s not a Manson murders film. It’s not …

Review: ‘The Lion King’ feels way more like ‘Hamlet’ this time – and that’s why it’s so good

There’s real meat to chew on in this fleshed-out “Lion” (directed by Jon Favreau, who also helmed “The Jungle Book”). Some of that was always there, but it’s been thrown …

Chiwetel Ejiofor picks at Scar from ‘The Lion King’

“When you are looking at a character, you are looking to empathize and not necessarily sympathize and I think in that sense you are looking with Scar at someone who …

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

‘Fall of the American Empire’ review: a Montreal caper, with a little philosophy on the side

Was there a time, not long ago, when a smoothly operating hypocrite of a movie such as “The Fall of the American Empire” might’ve stolen the hearts of art-house audiences …

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 9:08 a.m.

Stream on Demand: Celebrate moon landing with ‘First Man’ and HBO series

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

Review: ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ is a sour, fitfully funny comedy about toxic masculinity

The Art of Self-Defense,” a black comedy about a milquetoast accountant (Jesse Eisenberg) who, after a mugging, signs up for karate lessons from a charismatic, hyper-macho nut-job (Alessandro Nivola), is …

New Ed Sheeran album sounds like hostage situation

Ed Sheeran has to be the only sentient life form in God’s green garden to sit through a Grammy telecast and think, “I’d love to make an entire album that …

Review: ‘Indian Horse’ skates into Canada’s troubling history

“Indian Horse,” the second feature by “Momentum” director Stephen S. Campanelli is a heart-rending tale of passion and survival.

Review: ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco,’ like the city of its title, is a big, bold and beautiful thing

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” an extraordinary debut from best friends and collaborators Jimmie Fails and Joe Talbot, obeys the intuitive rhythms of a reverie, leading viewers on …

Review: Ron Howard’s ‘Pavarotti’ serious look at icon

Director Ron Howard’s recent interest in documentary filmmaking has created three productions that share a similar musical baseline but are very different in design and texture. “Made In America,” a …