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Stream On Demand: Pacino comes to home screens with ‘Hunters’

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

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Review: Wintry ‘The Lodge’ steeped in brutal trauma

It wouldn’t be appropriate to refer to “The Lodge” as a slow-burn horror movie, as this chilly, winter-set film is more like a deliberate and punishing freeze. It slowly creeps …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Review: Human performances bring literary dog film ‘Call of the Wild’ to life

The star of “The Call of the Wild,” Buck, is a CGI creation. And it’s only through the technology that his dangerous and harrowing adventures in the Alaskan wilderness during …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Review: ‘The Assistant’ masterfully shows abuse, complicity in Weinstein-inspired power structure

It’s the specificity that devastates in Kitty Green’s starkly damning quotidian drama “The Assistant.” It’s in the quiet efficiency with which our unnamed protagonist (credited as “Jane,” played by Julia …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Review: In “The Photograph,” Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield take a good, long look at love

“The Photograph” treats all its characters with some decency and understanding in a genre where straw villains and cardboard adversaries typically run rampant. The plaintive, jazz-inflected musical score by Robert …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Stream on Demand: Award-winning ‘Farewell’ delves into family drama and culture clashes

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

Review: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is swift, smart and brings back the Jim Carrey we missed

Ah, the joy of a kids’ movie that doesn’t have any fart jokes. Or at least one that comes close. “Sonic the Hedgehog” may have one moment of flatulence, but …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Review: ‘Downhill’ sets family on a slippery slope

Watching Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s deeply uncomfortable absurdist relationship drama “Force Majeure,” one can’t help but think this bleakly obtuse and existentially unbearable film is the type that would never …

Appreciation: You’ll never see another movie star like Kirk Douglas

When Kirk Douglas died at age 103 on Wednesday, one of the last threads connecting this era to Hollywood’s Golden Age was severed forever. He outlived – by decades – …

A guide to the superhero movies of 2020, from ‘Birds of Prey’ to ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

Warner Bros. and DC Comics are releasing films featuring their two most popular big-screen characters of the moment (Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn), Valiant Comics is finally seeing one of …

Review: Harley Quinn and her girl gang are lovable psychopaths in ‘Birds of Prey’

2020 is Harley Quinn’s year. And in the wake of her breakup with the Joker, she’s back and better than ever with a brand-new girl gang in the brilliant, breakneck …

Two programs of Oscar-nominated shorts; 10 movies worth seeing

I’ve probably typed some version of “the fictional short films nominated for Oscars this year are a mixed bag” a dozen times, but that phrase doesn’t apply in 2020. All …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Review: ‘The Rhythm Section’ brings imperfect but fresh cadence to action/thriller genre

If Jason Bourne were a grieving trauma survivor, you’d end up with Stephanie, and “The Rhythm Section” serves as her gritty origin story.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Review: ‘The Turning’ less about answers, more about gothic horror to savor

“The Turning” builds to a deeply disturbing crescendo, then pulls the rug right out from under the audience in a way that seemingly undercuts what came before, an uncovering of …

Review: Compelling tale of heroism diluted to ho-hum Hollywood thriller ‘The Last Full Measure’

William H. Pitsenbarger was a Vietnam War hero. In 1966, the 21-year-old Air Force pararescue jumper, or P.J. in military parlance, descended from a helicopter – a real-life deus ex …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Review: Alpha male toxicity clouds Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen’

With “The Gentlemen,” Guy Ritchie invites the audience to belly up to his bar for a full pint of his signature brew: a wordy, bloody, Cockney-accented blend of colorful criminals. …

Review: ‘Bad Boys for Life’ refreshing tribute to ’90s action cinema

Martin Lawrence walks away with “Bad Boys for Life,” reminding audiences what a crucial element he is to the unique mix of action and comedy that makes the “Bad Boys” …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Review: ‘Weathering With You’ an animated love story set against backdrop of climate change

“Weathering With You” achieves something impressive: It tells a story that, without sugarcoating the environmental challenges that lie ahead, manages to end on a hopeful note.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Review: In cursed ‘Dolittle,’ they could not have done less

The only thing “Dolittle” does well is out-bomb the infamous bomb “Doctor Dolittle,” and that is one for the history books.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Review: Death row drama ‘Just Mercy’ tells shattering, satisfying tale

From its smooth visuals and warm, swinging sounds to its magnificent performances, “Just Mercy” is masterfully constructed to keep us inside a story that otherwise would be too brutal to …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Review: In ‘Underwater,’ Kristen Stewart has her Ellen Ripley moment under the sea

As stylish as it is, and with as many deeply treacherous and inventive dilemmas as the group faces, the film is so faithful to the formula that it never achieves …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Review: ‘Like a Boss’ feels more like a chore – you can’t wait for this movie to be over

“Like a Boss” is the perfect airplane movie – something that won’t distract you terribly much while you work the New York Times crossword puzzle during a long flight periodically …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Review: ‘1917’ a stark, breathtaking World War I film

“1917” is staggering in its cinematic scope, but scaled to human size it embodies the truthful experience and enormous sacrifice of this war.

Stream on Demand: Zellweger brings legendary star home, and probably to awards shows, too

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

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ shows the importance of girls as authors of their own stories

In Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s blockbuster 1869 novel, she breathes new life into the well-known and well-loved story by unraveling it and knitting it back together to …

Entertaining but ephemeral ‘Spies in Disguise’ takes aim at spy film tropes

There’s a warm message of companionship and teamwork at the center of “Spies in Disguise,” but what makes it subversive is its emphasis on gentler methods of conflict resolution, or …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

In ‘Uncut Gems,’ Adam Sandler is supremely annoying – and that’s why he’s so great

Adam Sandler himself has – not inaccurately – described Howard Ratner as selfish, but the character is also a cockeyed optimist, a dreamer, the quintessential American striver. He’s not a …

Popes, pilots, singers and Brits ready to come home

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

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Critics see dark and light sides of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

When George Lucas introduced “Star Wars” to the world 42 years ago, no one knew what a cultural force it would become. This weekend, J.J. Abrams is bringing what’s become …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ gives fans what they want, but not what the story needs

In myth, including not just the gods and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome but Westerns and even the superhero comic books and TV serials that inspired the “Star Wars” …