Jennifer Lopez steals the show in ‘Hustlers’

Hustlers saves all of its tricks for the end. It’s a banger of an ending, too, which is something that so few films manage to nail. The

‘Angel Has Fallen’ and so has the franchise

There is a certain mindless pleasure in the “Fallen” movies. Watching Gerard Butler muscle his way through increasingly preposterous obstacles as a Secret Service agent can be

A memorably horrific wedding night in ‘Ready or Not’

Traditionally, weddings usually lead to some fun and games in the bedroom for the happy and exhausted couple. In the new horror-thriller “Ready or Not,” that’s definitely

In ‘Blinded by the Light,’ growing up with the Boss

After starring roles for Freddie Mercury (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Elton John (“Rocketman”) and the Beatles (“Yesterday”), it’s Bruce Springsteen’s turn to join the mixtape that the movies have

‘Scary Stories’ is a likable Frankenstein of a movie

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is, likably, a Frankenstein of a movie that stitches together tales from the cultishly beloved 1980s book series by Alvin

Dog’s POV can’t carry ‘Art of Racing in the Rain’

The film adaptation of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” seems to have been designed by algorithm to maximize appeal for a certain demographic of women aged around

Ace cast commands in tense family drama in ‘Luce’

Be yourself is a loaded idea for any 17-year-old, but especially for one Luce (pronounced “loose”) Edgar, the title character of director Julius Onah’s riveting adaptation of

In Tarantino’s latest, a radiant Hollywood fable

Quentin Tarantino has, for a while now, been reminding us what’s so great about movies — or at least, what he thinks is so great about them.

‘Lion King’ returns but it’s harder to feel the love

Life moves in a circle, “The Lion King” tells us, and, increasingly, so does studio moviemaking. Close on the heels of “live-action” remakes of “Aladdin” and

A lovely, bittersweet family story in ‘The Farewell’

The premise behind writer and director Lulu Wang’s wonderful film “The Farewell “ might be a little hard to accept for some audiences. A family collectively decides

‘Spider-Man’ swings again with a successful sequel

Peter Parker might be forgiven for craving a vacation as "Spider-Man: Far From Home" begins. After an emotional and strenuous last few movies with the Avengers, a break

Toxic masculinity in a sitcom package in ‘Shaft’

The latest “Shaft,” which adds a new generation of bad mother------- to the mix, is not what you might expect. It’s not gritty or raw or even

In the joyous ‘Toy Story 4,’ the toys evolve too

It’s futile to ask “why more” in the movie business, but it’s hard not to go in a little suspicious of a fourth “Toy Story.” The trilogy

Emma Thompson kills in ‘Late Night’

Watching “Late Night,” an enjoyably zippy if scattershot comedy about a veteran late-night host and her fresh-faced new writing hire, a persistent thought runs through your head:

The X-Men struggle to the end in ‘Dark Phoenix’

The good news is “Dark Phoenix “ is neither an apocalypse nor is it “X-Men: Apocalypse,” but this latest installment is not exactly a solid step forward or a

A cool concept lost in execution in ‘Brightburn’

Jackson A. Dunn plays Brandon Breyer “Brightburn” Brightburn is a one idea movie. What if a baby from another planet crash lands on earth and is adopted and

Egerton glitters in glossy, conventional ‘Rocketman’

Whatever you say about Dexter Fletcher’s glossy, glittering Elton John blinged-out biopic “Rocketman,” a shiny sequin of a movie, it doesn’t lack for sparkle. Like its flamboyant

‘Poms’ is too embarrassed of itself to be empowering

There’s something irreconcilable about “Poms,” a movie about women in a retirement community who start a cheerleading club. The film wants us to laugh at the idea

‘Long Shot,’ a comedy with a big heart and smarts

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen make a sparkling comedic duo in the unconventional romantic comedy “Long Shot,” about a sleek politician and a schlubby journalist that is more than

A strong Efron, but little else new in Bundy biopic

When Ted Bundy died in the electric chair 30 years ago in Florida, a witness to the execution — a prosecutor in the case of a 12-year-old

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