In ‘Boy Erased,’ ignorance is shown empathetically

“Boy Erased“ is based on the true story of a young man, Garrard Conley, whose Baptist family put him in a conversion therapy center to “cure” his homosexuality

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won’t rock you, but Malek will

Where does a preening, pansexual rock god get his powers? The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” traces his sonorous majesty to an unlikely place: his back teeth.

‘Mid90s’ is a nostalgia trip without a destination

A year after Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” comes another actor-turned-director’s memory- inspired California-set coming-of-age tale from the boutique film studio A24. This time, the time period has been dialed

‘Wildlife’ shows a family in crisis, beautifully

It’s fall of 1960 in Montana when we meet the Brinson family in “Wildlife,” a carefully considered and deeply moving adaptation of a Richard Ford novel about

‘The Hate U Give’ should be seen by everyone

The Hate U Give “ begins with a scene at the family dinner table where a father is giving his young kids “the talk” — the one

‘A Star Is Born’ is dizzyingly wonderful

It’s hard not to go into “A Star Is Born “ without a lot of prejudgments. Even if you haven’t seen the other three versions, the mere

Phoenix and Reilly excel as ‘The Sisters Brothers’

Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly might not be obvious picks to play brothers, but French director Jacques Audiard made an inspired choice by casting them as

‘Life Itself’ is star-studded, earnest but lacking

Hallmark sentimentality, passionate defenses of Bob Dylan’s “Time Out of Mind” and horrific head traumas are thrown together in Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself ,” a curious cocktail

McConaughey gives heart to ‘White Boy Rick’

There’s a “where are they now” at the end of “White Boy Rick ,” an astonishing true story about a teenager in a rough part of Detroit

In ‘The Nun,’ what evil lurks beneath a habit

As frightening as the “The Nun” is, it doesn’t hold a candle to today’s real-life horrors in the Catholic Church. But while a new generation of

Wahlberg and Berg’s ‘Mile 22’ is a dizzying assault

Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22” character James Silva has a tick where he snaps a yellow rubber bracelet against his wrist. He does this many, many times throughout

‘Papillon’ remake is handsome but slow prison drama

Danish director Michael Noer’s “Papillon “ remake, adapted from both Henri Charriere’s autobiography and the 1973 Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman film, is a sumptuous-looking but slow-moving

In ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ a delightful new fairy tale

There are two glittering parades running in tandem through Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” a glitzy and delightful adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestseller. One is

‘Christopher Robin’ a return to Hundred Acre Wood

Oh, bother. The misfortune of “Christopher Robin” is not only that it comes a year after “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” an earnest if sentimental tale about Winnie-the-Pooh

Tom Cruise thwarts the apocalypse on a broken ankle

And so, fellow moviegoers: Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what Tom Cruise can — and will — do for you.

‘Adrift’ is a woman vs nature tale for the MeToo era

Woman vs. nature. It certainly has a ring to it, especially when woman wins. But there are too few such stories in our popular culture, and certainly

Denzel Washington kills in ‘The Equalizer 2’

You won’t usually find Denzel Washington in a movie sequel. He just doesn’t do them. Something about not wanting to repeat himself. So there must be something

Click ‘like’ for Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’

Not even Joseph Conrad had the courage to venture into that darkest of hearts: middle school. Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” however, plunges us into the day-to-day experience of a 13-year-old girl,

‘The First Purge’ is depressingly prescient

This Fourth of July, we’ve got a chance to celebrate America’s birth in a very American way — watching internecine warfare, spasms of savage violence and a dark

In ‘Day of the Soldado,’ an equally bleak ‘Sicario’

There’s an oppressive bleakness to the brutal action-thriller “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” But with faces like Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, what are you going

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