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Review: Soderbergh takes Panama Papers to ‘The Laundromat’

Soderbergh’s “Laundromat” seeks to make sense of a story that is breathtakingly complex, with enough players and layers and locations and implications to make one’s head spin. Working with the …

Review: Ignoring 10-year gap, ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings outdated schtick back from dead

“Zombieland” may have helped to give birth to the zomb-aissance, but “Double Tap” just might be the kill shot.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Review: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ undermines important themes with goofy camp

What worked about the first “Maleficent” was Jolie herself, trying on something softer, even funny, her face, enhanced with prosthetics, half of the visual spectacle. But “Mistress of Evil” crowds …

Review: ‘The Addams Family’ reboot maintains its gently spooky charm but doesn’t break the mold

The enduring appeal of “The Addams Family” is quite impressive. With only four notes and a couple of snaps, plus a classic black dress, one can instantly evoke the classic …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Review: Controversy aside, ‘Joker’ is all setup, no punchline

With the amount of controversy surrounding it, “Joker” feels more like an idea and less like an actual movie. Could it possibly stand up to the mythology that has sprung …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

Review: In nuanced ‘Judy,’ Zellweger proves she just may be best singing actor of her generation

Based on Peter Quilter’s stage play “The End of the Rainbow,” adapted by Tom Edge for the screen, “Judy” takes place during a run of shows in 1969 at London’s …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Review: ‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’ sees jazz legend with empathy, honesty

The trumpet was Miles Davis’ primary way of communicating with the world, and director Stanley Nelson makes a case that the vulnerable beauty of much of his music, notably the …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Review: ‘Abominable’ offers familiar but delightful hero’s journey

The startlingly profound and moving message we’re left with is a universal one: If we care for nature and animals with compassion and understanding, there’s a larger, unseen magic that …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 12:55 p.m.

Review: Late political columnist Molly Ivins is subject of lively, timely documentary

It’s not difficult to see why we might need to be reminded of a voice like Molly Ivins’ again. With free speech under attack, and truth-telling seemingly in short supply, …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Review: Keira Knightley plays real-life whistleblower in timely ‘Official Secrets’

What the film lacks in style it makes up for in the kind of dogged, unself-conscious integrity that Gun comes to stand for and that, in light of the bizarre …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 10:16 a.m.

Review: Deeply xenophobic, lazy ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ should be end of line for character

Rambo lumbers to the finish line in the flaccid fifth installment, which is a Frankenstein’s monster of badly photocopied references to the previous movies, limply strung together with the laziest …

Review: ‘Ad Astra’ takes astronaut’s innermost self-exploration out of this world

“Ad Astra” is the story of a man’s journey to the outermost reaches of the universe and the innermost depths of himself. It’s a trip he has to make in …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ movie based on British soap an overstuffed guilty pleasure

If the mere sight of the titular grand manor – the locus of so much melodrama over six seasons of stories about the wealthy upstairs toffs and their downstairs servants …

Around the Remote: Burns’ new documentary dives into country music

Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for Sept. 15-21.

Stream on Demand: ‘Late Night’ stars add sharp wit to story

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

Review: ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ takes Jillian Bell on compelling journey

The ending is right there in the title, but Paul Downs Colaizzo’s film leans into the old adage that it’s all about the journey, not the destination, following the achingly …

Review: Moving ‘Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice’ is well-deserved tribute to iconic singer

What’s refreshing about “Sound of My Voice” (and Ronstadt in general) is her open, generous spirit. She was a connector, giving her blessing as Don Henley and Glenn Frey formed …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

Review: J.Lo makes commanding comeback in sexually charged caper flick ‘Hustlers’

In a year of spectacular comebacks – from Brad Pitt and Renee Zellweger to Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy – none is as purely, sensationally pleasurable as Jennifer Lopez’s commanding …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Review: ‘Goldfinch’ doesn’t live up to the book

Donna Tartt’s Pulizter Prize-winning tome “The Goldfinch” was a blockbuster bestseller and the toast of book clubs in 2013. The film adaptation should have been a slam dunk, with director …

More frights await in theaters this fall

Summer’s almost over. The days are getting shorter. Pumpkin spice is in the air. Orange and black-themed stores are opening in once-vacant buildings. Yep. It’s nearly Halloween.

Review: ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ finds famously prickly musician has mellowed – but not by much

Haloed by a nimbus of cottony white hair, still sporting the walrus mustache he made chic in the 1960s, David Crosby presents a reflective, irascible, observant and irresistibly candid figure …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Review: ‘It Chapter Two’ keeps up scares but loses sight of the Losers Club

What “It Chapter Two” has going for it is a shockingly excellent cast of adult Losers who picks up the mantle where their younger selves left off 27 years ago.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m.

Review: ‘Killerman’ is a crime thriller that starts with cliches and goes bloody bonkers

“Killerman” takes its influences – countless pulpy crime thrillers – and synthesizes them into an increasing rare thing: a movie that doesn’t aspire to any greater heights than where it …

Stream on Demand: Big stars and indie dramas coming to home screens

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

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m.

‘After the Wedding’ review: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams lift soapy remake

The story’s as soapy as laundry day, but let’s face it: A lot of us would happily watch Williams and Moore doing laundry.

Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a classic revenge tale that interrogates the genre

As she did in “The Babadook,” Jennifer Kent displays an authoritative control over the image and material in “The Nightingale,” giving a genre historically interested in male heroics with a …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 4:43 p.m.

‘Tel Aviv on Fire’ review: A movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that’s lighthearted and entertaining? Yes

In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, “Tel Aviv on Fire” is an …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 4:53 p.m.

‘Don’t Let Go’ review: Time-travel thriller kind of works – as long as you don’t think too hard about it

As unoriginal as the premise might be, the movie works well enough thanks mainly to its two stars: David Oyelowo, portraying an LAPD detective named Jack, and Storm Reid as …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

Stream On Demand: Streaming Cruise’s latest ‘Mission’ now possible

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

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 3:12 p.m.

Review: 3 Doors Down packs in the hits at the FICA

At 78 minutes, it was one of the shorter rock concerts I’ve attended, but that was all the time it took for 3 Doors Down to hit the right notes …