‘Stronger’ tells a survivor’s heart-wrenching story

Stronger” is about a survivor but it is not a feel-good movie. In 2013, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman went to watch his ex-girlfriend, Erin Hurley, run the

Jennifer Lawrence stuns in the audacious ‘mother!’

Women give, men take and the Old Testament crashes into modern anxiety in director Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” It is an audacious, bold and fascinating fever dream of a

A few good scares can’t hold ‘It’ together

Here’s the good news: Pennywise is as creepy as ever in the new “It.” Thanks to a bigger budget and some improved special effects some 27 years

Noomi Rapace proves deadly in formulaic ‘Unlocked’

There’s been a lot of talk about who should be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig puts aside his shaken martini. Orlando Bloom? Idris Elba? Damian

In ‘Crown Heights’ a wrongful conviction in Brooklyn

Matt Ruskin’s “Crown Heights” takes its name from the Brooklyn neighborhood, but its story is both more pointedly individual and more broadly national than that suggests.

‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ a fun, action-packed escape

There’s not a whole lot that’s new about “The Hitman’s Bodyguard .” Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel

‘Ingrid Goes West’ looks at social media’s dark side

Quick, what’s more important: social media or real life? For the title character in “Ingrid Goes West ,” there is no question, and perhaps no

In ‘Wind River’ grief blankets a Wyoming reservation

For Taylor Sheridan, the West is still alive with frontier tragedies and genre thrills, even if hopelessness has moved in and blanketed the land. “Wind River”

In ‘Atomic Blonde,’ Theron heats up the Cold War

People don’t usually move very fast in Cold War thrillers. Mostly, the only time anyone runs is right before they get shot in the back. Most of

Riveting ‘Dunkirk’ is Nolan’s, and year’s, best

Dunkirk" is not a typical war movie. There are no brothers in arms, no flashbacks to simpler times and pretty wives and girlfriends left behind, no

A thrilling epic in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

Apparently all the new Planet of the Apes films needed to do to really hit a home run was take the humans out of the equation. It’s what this

‘Cars 3’ steers a welcome if imperfect gender shift

Three films in, it's time to ask some hard questions about the world of "Cars." What are their interiors like? Brains and a heart or plush

Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful

The Beguiled" is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola's take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into

‘It Comes at Night,’ a brisk psychological thriller

That’s not an accident or a mistake, however. More likely, it’s a cheeky riff on the leaden, generic titles of so many jump-scare films before it. The "It"

‘Wonder Woman’ film and star live up to the name

Wonder Woman” has been the subject of so much superfluous fuss, it’d be easy to forget that behind all of the hand-wringing and both symbolic and real

In ‘The Exception,’ a lion in Nazi Germany winter

Has any lion in winter ever roared like Christopher Plummer? In British theater director David Leveaux’s WWII thriller “The Exception,” Plummer plays Wilhelm II, the exiled

Pitt goes all out in flawed satire ‘War Machine’

Brad Pitt (left) and Ben Kingsley in a scene from "War Machine" Here’s a general rule of thumb: If you’re going to rely heavily on voiceover to

Bryan Cranston shines in moody, escapist ‘Wakefield’

Have you ever fantasized about one day walking away from your well-ordered life? Just ditching work and the humdrum routine of life? You have? Then, before you

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