Time is bent – and gender, too – in ‘Predestination’

Time travel. There’s hardly a more alluring fantasy in our pop culture, from the simplest depictions — children’s cartoons, comic strips, romantic comedy films — to the “Interstellar” kind that

‘American Sniper’ is quintessential Eastwood

A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama “Jersey Boys,” Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best

Don’t bet on this oddly lifeless ‘Gambler’ remake

If you’re not a genius, don’t bother,” the English professor played by Mark Walhberg in “The Gambler” blithely tells his students. That should be one clue that you’re not gonna

MDT/AP top 10 films | Playing with time, again and again

Also just as good: “Two Days, One Night,” ‘’The Babadook,” ‘’Selma,” ‘’Ernest & Celestine,” ‘’Locke,” ‘’Citizenfour,” ‘’Stranger By the Lake,” ‘’Dear White People,” ‘’Timbuktu,” ‘’The Trip to Italy” and “Neighbors.”

‘The Interview’ deserves to be seen

That I was one of the relative few to see “The Interview” is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth

‘Annie’ is a hard knock, no fun adaptation

It’s impossible to talk about “Annie” without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film. For adults at the time, it was a spectacular disaster, thanks in large

‘Inherent Vice’ goes by in a pleasant haze

If you’re one of those who fondly recalls spending the ‘60s luxuriating in a pleasantly disorienting haze, well, consider “Inherent Vice” a reunion of sorts. You’ll fit right in. If, on

‘Wild’ finds salvation in the woods

Cheryl Strayed, as played by Reese Witherspoon in Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild,” is, bless the Lord, not an easily discernable type. She’s also not the sort we’ve often encountered on the well-trod

Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker

Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds. Sound overly specific? Consider: A few weeks ago we had “The Theory of Everything,”

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lives up to its title

Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To” and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing

‘Homesman’ reverses the Western’s course

There's been some trouble about the women hereabouts," says John Lithgow's plains preacher in Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman." The hereabouts is a tiny, hardscrabble settlement in the Nebraska Territory, sometime

A brilliant Redmayne as Stephen Hawking

The famed British physicist Stephen Hawking has never had small ideas or small ambitions, least of all his audacious youthful quest to find a "theory of everything" — one that

3 below-the-radar films to catch this fall

By all means, see David Fincher’s gloriously pulpy “Gone Girl,” the elegant, surreal comedy “Birdman,” the percussive and intelligent indie “Whiplash” and the staggering Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour.” But before

John Wick’ delivers non-stop action

In an intriguing cinematic twist, Keanu Reeves’ Matrix stunt double Chad Stahelski becomes his co-director with David Leitch on “John Wick,” a visceral revenge thriller that marks a confident, muscular

‘Fury’ aims for an unvarnished look at war

At one point during “Fury,” the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt out Friday, a tank commander’s head is blown off while he’s hunched outside his vehicle during a

Murray delights as curmudgeonly ‘Vincent’

If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and “St. Vincent” is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we’d focus on the one major flaw in

‘Two Faces’ builds tension, has nice cast

Who can say no to a good Patricia Highsmith adaptation? Though her 1964 suspense thriller “The Two Faces of January” is not the easiest story to bring to the screen.

‘Tracks’ leaves a mark

The movies, it seems, are increasingly headed down paths in the woods, out to open water and, in the case of John Curran’s excellent new film “Tracks,” into the deepest

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