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Review: ‘Ash is Purest White’ brings the story of one underworld couple, and a country’s progress, to vivid life

This is one of director Jia Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before.


Singer Brett Young bats away sophomore slump with hard work

Country artist Brett Young didn’t try to ignore the prospect of facing a sophomore slump. In fact, well before his 2017 self-titled debut had ended its run, having given him …


Stream On Demand: ‘Beale Street,’ ‘Highwaymen’ delivered to home viewers

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


Review: Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ remake is decidedly – and deliciously – dark

“Dumbo” is by no means a downer. As cartoonish as they are, the film’s Burtonesque touches lend the magic and the fantasy of the story a quality of paradoxical verisimilitude. …


‘The Hummingbird Project’ review: Salma Hayek, meet the cable guys

I can hear you ticking off the reasons you’re unlikely to take a chance on writer-director Kim Nguyen’s feature. Fiber optics, for one. Are fiber optics innately cinematic? On its …


‘Beach Bum’ review: Matthew McConaughey’s sunny, slowly rotting Florida project

“The Beach Bum” is a fun-for-a-while attempt by writer-director Harmony Korine, American indie cinema’s effrontery kingpin, to go a little bit mainstream. Matthew McConaughey is the reason it’ll get by.


Review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ preserves tragic history of terrorist attack

Visceral and suspenseful, “Hotel Mumbai” is also deeply humane and moving, anchored by searing performances. The film refuses to settle on one hero, allowing the hotel itself to emerge as …


10 under $10: Fun things to do on the cheap

Our top picks for March 22-29.


Review: ‘Us’ is a whip-smart modern horror instant classic

“Us” is signature Peele – a ’70s-inspired horror flick that wears its references on its sleeve, grapples with Big Ideas and crawls with genuinely creepy tension, lightened with dashes of …


Review: ‘Gloria Bell’ is a different kind of rom-com

Not much happens in “Gloria Bell” other than someone staking her claim to joy. It’s a quiet little movie that speaks the truth like a clarion call.


Review: A film as good-looking as ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ should be more fun than it is

The feature debut of gifted Hungarian animator Milorad Krstic, “Ruben Brandt, Collector” is a wild, inventive ride through the unconscious, by way of Art History 101 and An Introduction to …


Review: Death becomes fodder in a dark – but gently funny – buddy flick ‘To Dust’

In the course of Shmuel’s search for closure and solace after his wife’s death, he talks to various people he considers experts: a mortician, a coffin salesman, a rabbi. (If …


Review: Engaging narco-thriller ‘Birds of Passage’ has ruffled some feathers

“Birds of Passage” – whose title refers both to the planes used to ferry drugs out of Colombia and to the role of actual birds in the symbolic life of …


Stream On Demand: Much-debated ‘Green Book’ comes to home video

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


Review: Trauma mixed with wacky amusement park antics makes ‘Wonder Park’ an odd ride

Perhaps it’s a post-“Inside Out” phenomenon that animated films aimed at children need to tackle complex emotions or psychology, translating it into terms kids can understand. This is the case …


Review: ‘Nancy Drew’ gets bolt of energy from Sophia Lillis

In this latest incarnation, Nancy’s not perfect and spends a lot of time dealing with local law, but the antihero approach ends up making her a strong role model as …


Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ is plucky and pleasing, but also predictable

Academy-award winner Larson is every bit as tough, empowering and even slyly funny as expected, but what’s unfortunately lacking is the unexpected. Even though “Captain Marvel” hits all the right …


Review: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s ‘Everybody Know’ turns family secrets into a riveting whodunit

Bardem and Cruz are particularly good, as they are called upon to render, over the course of a very long but engrossing 2


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019

Stream On Demand: Pick a new ‘Favourite’ to watch this week

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


Stream On Demand: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ goes from Sundance to Netflix

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


Review: ‘Never Look Away’ is a masterpiece that confronts truth, Nazi history

Donnersmarck has crafted an unparalleled masterpiece, a three-plus hour epic that leaves you wanting more. The setup is a brilliant way to explore the ways in which Nazi ideology destroyed …


Review: Imax documentary ‘Apollo 11’ is a virtual round-trip ticket to the moon

NASA’s first lunar landing is not exactly an obscure event. And “Apollo 11” doesn’t profess to offer new information or insights. What it does offer is a wealth of fresh …


Review: Isabelle Huppert dazzles in delightfully demented ‘Greta’

It’s the women on screen who are the most crucial element to the arch and ironic tone that elicits the kind of reaction somewhere between a laugh and a scream. …


Stream On Demand: A star comes to home screens

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


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Review: Stunning ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ will make your heart soar

Through all of the raids and kidnappings and hoopla, “The Hidden World” brings it home with a enormously moving message about learning to stand – and fly – on your …


‘Fighting with My Family’ review: Mum, Dad, the WWE and me

The whole film is an entertaining gloss on the truth. These people are neither angels or thugs, though two of the main characters have known prison time, and a third …


Review: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ keeps the ‘Groundhog Day’ premise and goes back to the future

This time, “Death Day” has ambitions, posing questions that other slasher films wouldn’t touch. Is the self-absorbed Tree caught in a cycle of repetition so that she can become a …


Review: Weak script brings down ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

No one can say the film is not a big swing – it truly goes for it, and does so with jaw-dropping vim and vigor. But does it connect? Somewhat. …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

Review: Rom-com parody finds love in all the right places

If 2018 was the year that resurrected the romantic comedy, it was only a matter of time before the beloved genre was parodied by those who know it best.


Review: Even Nicole Kidman can’t save ‘Destroyer’ from itself

As an exercise in actorly transformation, joyless determination and uncompromising tone, this procedural whodunit set in the city’s seediest precincts and arid, desolate outer reaches can’t help but inspire admiration. …