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

Chastain, McAvoy make ‘Them’ a worthy trip

All the lonely people. Where do they all belong? You won’t hear that line in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” (more on that title in a moment), a highly

‘Last Days in Vietnam’ shows Saigon’s fall

There are many differences between America’s troubled exit from Iraq and its ramshackle retreat from Vietnam. But the U.S. flight from Saigon as seen in Rory Kennedy’s documentary “Last Days

Akin’s ‘The Cut’ puts Armenian massacre on screen

Fatih Akin's "The Cut" is the first movie by a director with Turkish roots to tackle an issue long taboo in the country: the early 20th-century mass killings of Armenians

Meta and mad, ‘The Congress’ is a trip

Very soon, this whole structure that we all love so much will be gone,” prophesies Danny Huston’s wide-grinning movie studio head in Ari Folman’s “The Congress.” He’s speaking to Robin Wright,

A sweet Moretz rescues ‘If I Stay’

Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril. Just two months ago, we had the charming Shailene Woodley as a teen cancer patient, fighting for time while

‘Let’s Be Cops’ falls flat on humor

At one point during "Let's Be Cops," actor Damon Wayans Jr. has a scene in which a huge naked man's groin is inches from his face. That's a good approximation

‘Journey’ – nice ingredients, bland result

Take one Oscar-winning British actress. Add an appealing supporting cast. Lather on the picturesque French countryside. Sprinkle liberally with gorgeous food shots, from bubbling, spicy Indian delicacies to perfectly composed

‘Guardians’ is irreverent but not enough

At the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fact, have a sense of