‘Phantom Thread’ spins a rich showcase for Day-Lewis

With echoes of “Rebecca” and lavish Max Ophuls productions, writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson spins the tale of an obsessive fashion designer and his muse into

‘Downsizing,’ a big-picture film about little people

It’s hard to say what’s better about the first half of Alexander Payne’s wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — “Downsizing”: the audacity of its premise,

‘Bright’ is when Harry Potter vomits on a cop flick

That old Hollywood standby, the venerable buddy cop movie, may have met its anguished demise this holiday season. Will Smith just killed it. Virtually every permutation

Spielberg, Streep and Hanks deliver in ‘The Post’

The Post” is kind of like the Yankees of movies. A Steven Spielberg directed film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and a murderer’s

Woody Allen goes in circles with dark ‘Wonder Wheel’

The great playwright Eugene O’Neill looms as large over Woody Allen’s latest film as the giant Ferris wheel that dominates the movie’s Coney Island setting. It’s

In ‘Disaster Artist,’ Franco finds his masterpiece

Who is Tommy Wiseau? It’s a question that has long befuddled and endlessly amused fans of “The Room,” the infamously bad 2013 movie Wiseau directed, self-financed and starred

‘Mudbound’ a moving, literary epic of family, race

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that after seeing an epic story as poetically told as Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” feelings of awe and admiration are quickly

In ‘Wonder,’ a sweetly sincere message movie

It’s hard for us cynical souls to walk into a movie advertised with the tagline “Choose kindness” and not shudder in trepidation. What sentimental hooey is this?

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a lavish romp

Kenneth Branagh’s "Murder on the Orient Express" is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater

In Palme d’Or winner ‘The Square,’ a charming satire

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund’s last film, “Force Majeure,” began with the rumble of an alpine avalanche and the wallop of a shattered self- image. When a swelling white tide appears

An edgeless satire in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’

The perfect veneer of 1950s suburban life is just a mask for the deep rot and hypocrisy festering underneath the trimmed lawns in George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” a derivative and

A family tale told artfully in ‘Meyerowitz Stories’

Your first response to “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” may very well be: Adam Sandler is good — REALLY good — in his sensitive, nuanced portrayal

Review: Gorgeous ‘2049’ breaks the ‘Blade Runner’ spell

We’re all just looking out for something real,” says Robin Wright’s police captain in “Blade Runner 2049.” Wright, an icy, steely actress seemingly born for the

‘Mark Felt’ looks at the man behind Deep Throat

As a lifetime Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and No. 2 to J. Edgar Hoover, Mark Felt was not exactly an ordinary man, but he was, it

‘Stronger’ tells a survivor’s heart-wrenching story

Stronger” is about a survivor but it is not a feel-good movie. In 2013, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman went to watch his ex-girlfriend, Erin Hurley, run the

Jennifer Lawrence stuns in the audacious ‘mother!’

Women give, men take and the Old Testament crashes into modern anxiety in director Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” It is an audacious, bold and fascinating fever dream of a

A few good scares can’t hold ‘It’ together

Here’s the good news: Pennywise is as creepy as ever in the new “It.” Thanks to a bigger budget and some improved special effects some 27 years

Noomi Rapace proves deadly in formulaic ‘Unlocked’

There’s been a lot of talk about who should be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig puts aside his shaken martini. Orlando Bloom? Idris Elba? Damian

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