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

‘Jurassic World 2’ leans on nostalgia, contrivances

Here’s the good news: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom “ is more fun than “Jurassic World.” It’s not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In

FAMILY FUN AND INSIGHT IN SPRIGHTLY ‘INCREDIBLES 2’

The Incredibles writer/director Brad Bird has said that his characters’ powers are all born of stereotypes. Dad is strong, mom is stretched in a million directions, teenage girls put up

By-the-numbers ‘Ocean’s 8’ covers familiar territory

Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” remake is a hard movie to live up to. Its starry charm was backed by a breezy and deceptively dense script full of

In ‘American Animals,’ a library heist goes awry

For anyone who has ever read “Crime and Punishment” and then really wanted to see a frat boy version — Bro-stoyevsky, if you will — your movie

In ‘Ibiza’ a summer comedy, streaming at home

So long a staple of the moviegoing experience, the summer comedy has fallen on hard times. There are hardly any on this season’s release schedule, and one

The tormented souls of Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’

Harrowing, but with a wry humor, and utterly transporting, Paul Schrader has synthesized his complex religious upbringing with modern anxieties into a trenchant portrait of tormented souls in “First

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