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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

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

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

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

‘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

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 …

‘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

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 …