‘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

‘The Seagull’ a lively but uneven Chekhov adaptation

Productions of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” almost always tip too far into farce or wade too deeply into tragedy, unable to sustain the play’s elusive balancing act.

In ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Marvel goes nuclear

After 10 years of lean, threadbare, Lilliputian tales, Marvel Studios has, thank heavens, finally decided to go big. The scale of “Avengers: Infinity War,” of course,

McAdams, Weisz give searing turns in ‘Disobedience’

Disobedience is a slow-burn drama that reveals its true self patiently to the audience. From director Sebastián Lelio (“A Fantastic Woman”) and based on

Road trips and redemption in Netflix’s ‘Kodachrome’

The characters in the new film “Kodachrome ,” a good-natured if by-the-numbers road trip and relationship drama with Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen and Ed Harris, are enchanted by the

Plenty to love in film about Borg versus McEnroe

Let’s begin this review of “Borg Vs. McEnroe” with a huge spoiler alert. The final score of the 1980 Wimbledon men’s final between Bjorn Borg and John

‘Chappaquiddick’ examines the ripples of a scandal

Ambiguous and damning at once, John Curran’s “Chappaquiddick” plunges us back into the summer of 1969: the season of Woodstock, the moon landing, the Manson murders and

Slick neo-noir ‘Gemini’ stays surface level

Writer-director Aaron Katz’s “Gemini “ is a very stylishly executed and well-cast attempt at a Lynchian neo-noir that doesn’t really work. Glum and meandering, the Los Angeles-set

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