By letting camera roll, film gives rare view of North Korea

The conditions placed on director Vitaly Mansky for shooting a film in North Korea were severe. For what was ostensibly to be a “documentary,” North Korea would supply the script. The

Pet lovers will delight in ‘Secret Life of Pets’

Any pet owner who's imbued their furry or feathered friends with deep thoughts and mysterious intentions will relate to the imagination behind "The Secret Life of Pets ." It may not

Spielberg weaves magic out of Dahl’s ‘The BFG’

There’s a secret about children that Steven Spielberg, Melissa Mathison and Roald Dahl have always known — that no matter how innocent, kids are as capable of understanding darkness as

In ‘Wilderpeople,’ a manhunt for Kiwi farce

Flight of the Conchords" went off the air in 2009 but the beat has gone on in the films of Taika Waititi. Waititi, who was a writer and director of that

‘Now You See Me 2’: More hard sell than abracadabra

Sleight-of-hand is the name of the game in “Now You See Me 2” — not just for the renegade magician characters, but for the filmmakers. No less than in the

‘Me Before You’ evokes tears, but lacks depth

Well, I cried anyway. I cried even though halfway through "Me Before You," I swore to myself I wouldn't, because the movie felt overly broad, overly simplistic, lacking depth both in

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ satisfies in superhero summer

It's a bit of bad timing for "X-Men: Apocalypse" coming third in this summer's superhero lineup. Director Bryan Singer invigorates his latest X-Men film with vintage 1980s charm in an origin

Gosling-Crowe chemistry livens uneven ‘Nice Guys’

  Take two charismatic actors. Give them characters that are, on the surface, totally incompatible. Plunk them into your basic whodunit, a mismatched team fighting fill-in-the-blank bad guys. Stir in some

Clooney gets a conscience in ‘Money Monster’

George Clooney plays a Jim Cramer-like television personality who's forced to grow a conscience when a disgruntled viewer holds him hostage on live TV in "Money Monster," a serviceable, if

In Paris-set ‘Dheepan,’ a timely refugee thriller

French director Jacques Audiard is a curious combination of art-house auteur and genre filmmaker, a brazen showman and gritty naturalist. He makes tender and brutal movies that recast themselves as

Adaptation examines dysfunction of ‘The Family Fang’

Family dysfunction takes on new meaning in "The Family Fang," a film about a pair of performance artists for whom everything in life is part of the act, and the

It’s worth stopping into ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’

When you come back to a beloved place after many years, sometimes you find all the faces have changed and the vibe is completely different. Not so with Ice Cube's "Barbershop."

In ‘Green Room’ a punk band faces the truly hardcore

Play your early stuff,” is the advice given to the punk band The Ain’t Rights when their dirt-broke, gas-siphoning tour lands a last-minute gig at an Oregon backwoods roadhouse in

Grief gets weird in Vallee’s ‘Demolition’

What if a young man who just lost his young wife in a car accident experienced none of the stages of grief? What if he felt nothing? What if he,

Linklater’s portrait of the artist as young frat boy

Everybody Wants Some!!" is Richard Linklater's self-­described spiritual sequel to "Dazed and Confused," and, somewhat miraculously, the spirit has remained intact. It's been 13 years from one to the other: long

Worlds collide in ‘Batman v Superman’

Zac Snyder’s thundering and grim “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” offers the kind of blunt, mano-a-mano faceoff usually reserved for Predators, Godzillas and presidential candidates. And just as has often