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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 …


‘Echo in the Canyon’ review: A ‘60s musical flowering gets plucked by Jakob Dylan’s vanity project

The hook for the documentary “Echo in the Canyon” is a 2015 tribute concert featuring Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, who conducts the on-camera interviews here with more self-conscious cool …


Review: Brilliant ‘Midsommar’ lets the sunshine in to horror

“Midsommar” stretches the generic mantle of “horror” about as far as it will go. There are no jump scares, slashings or cathartic screams and chases. It’s a relationship drama placed …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a home run

This is a journey about Peter surrendering to his destiny, leaning in to what it means to be a “superhero” in the wake of the Avengers. If “Into the Spider-Verse” …


10 under $10: June 28-July 4

Our picks for fun things to do on the cheap.


Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit comes to downtown library

Through Aug. 3, the library is hosting the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” And library staff have gathered local sports memorabilia to add to the experience.


Stream on Demand: ‘Spider-Verse’ adds alternate dimensions to Netflix

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


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Review: ‘Yesterday’ doesn’t quite come together, but it’s almost impossible not to like

The songs? Great, of course. The story? Strange at best. The characters and aesthetic? Aces. Everyone on screen is just so likable (even Kate McKinnon, playing the villain), especially the …


Review: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ could be best of ‘Annabelle’ trilogy

While it’s easy to scoff at another killer doll film in the Conjuring Universe, the spooky franchise is stealthily successful, and always steadily consistent. “Annabelle Comes Home,” the third “Annabelle” …


Review: Zombie comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ could use more brains

“The Dead Don’t Die” looks like it was a blast to make. But, ultimately, it’s the audience that gets it in the neck.


‘Shaft’ review: Sequel to blaxploitation classic shifts gears in the age of Uber

The 2019 version of “Shaft” is a film that embraces the camp of each of its predecessors while adding a timely new depth: the generational and cultural differences between Shaft …


Movie review: Tessa Thompson’s out-of-this-world charisma makes ‘Men in Black’ reboot work

Despite the nagging questions about whether or not we really needed a new installment of the “Men in Black,” “International” makes its case with a troika of winning stars, a …


‘Rafiki’ review: Movie about teenage girls in love is a breakthrough for Kenyan filmmaker

Director Wanuri Kahiu makes a bold stand for tolerance in the film, wherein Kena and Ziki’s relationship blossoms despite sexism, family expectations, malicious gossip, the homophobia of the Christian church …


Review: The family grows in ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’

The key to the appeal of “The Secret Life of Pets” is the filmmakers understand the lovable quirks and characteristics that make our furry friends who they are. In the …


Review: ‘Dark Phoenix’ biggest dud of ‘X-Men’ franchise

What’s truly amazing about “Dark Phoenix” is watching the charismatic, award-winning, star-packed cast flail about in this poorly written nonsense cartoon.


Review: Spencer brilliantly campy in thriller romp ‘Ma’

Known for her lovable roles in “The Help” and “Hidden Figures,” Octavia Spencer goes dark and sadistic with an enthusiastic glee, her signature smile (and those bangs!), and she creates …


Stream on Demand: ‘Good Omens’ among the movies and shows to see this week

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


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ review: As someone always says in movies like this, we’ve got company!

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” can be accused of overkill. Then again, there’s so much to kill!


Enjoy ‘The Chaperone’ for its strong female leads, but don’t expect much jazz

“The Chaperone” fictionalizes an episode in the life of silent movie star Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson). But it’s really more about her minder, played by Elizabeth McGovern. The film …


Review: Fantastical ‘Rocketman’ is a uniquely wild ride

Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is no “Bohemian Rhapsody” – it’s better. Wilder, louder and with a clear creative vision, this dizzy, delirious jukebox musical has the energy and visual dynamism …


Review: “The Biggest Little Farm” cultivates a captivating look at couple’s endeavor

Since premiering at the Telluride Film Festival last year, “The Biggest Little Farm” has been a sensation on the festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. The documentary chronicles …


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 4:53 p.m.

Movie review: Live-action ‘Aladdin’ works its magic in remaking beloved original

The question on everyone’s minds, though: What about the Genie? Will Smith has stepped into the big blue shoes left by Robin Williams, who memorably voiced the Genie in one …


Review: ‘White Crow’ a spirited Soviet political thriller dressed up as a dance movie

For his third directorial outing, esteemed English actor Ralph Fiennes tackles the story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and his high-profile defection from the Soviet Union in 1961. In …


Stream On Demand: ‘Moonlight’ streams onto Netflix, ‘Ben is Back’ on Hulu

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


Review: With brilliant performances and script, ‘Booksmart’ is one of the best high school movies of all time

The story is a familiar tale, told with a contemporary perspective and aching specificity. A pair of less-than-popular teenage pals decides they want to enjoy one night of high school …


Review: Sharper focus on story line would help Mumbai-set romance tale ‘Photograph’

The setup sounds like the premise of a Hollywood (not to mention Bollywood) rom-com: After a 40-something street photographer named Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) takes a picture of a pretty young …


‘Red Joan’ review: Yay! Judi Dench gets star billing! But boooo – she’s only in it for a little while

“Red Joan” is a handsome film, and Sophie Cookson – as the young version of Dench’s Joan – does well as a bright young scientist at Cambridge University and later …