Laurel and Hardy movie ‘Stan & Ollie’ is a joy

There are lot of movies in theaters right now trying to grab your attention, and dollars, from big superhero spectacles and musical extravaganzas to awards darlings and

Just in time for Christmas, a zombie holiday musical

Consider it an early Christmas gift: “Anna and the Apocalypse” is the zombie horror holiday musical you didn’t know you needed. Just imagining that first pitch

In ‘The Mule,’ Clint reflects on a life on the road

Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist,

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ is breathtakingly beautiful saga

Black ink drips from the tip of a brush and daggers into clear water, spiraling out like smoke; a Chinese zither sounds a ferocious, twanging note that

Film puts a modern spin on ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’

Mary, Queen of Scots  is an ambitious re-imagining of the Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I saga with modern flourishes and bold performances from Saoirse Ronan and

‘Green Book’ is sure to put a smile on your face

If there is a big studio movie that’s more generally crowd-pleasing than “Green Book “ this season, I have yet to find it. In this landscape of

A delicious, vicious acting feast in ‘The Favourite’

Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” a wicked blast of nasty fun, gleefully dispenses with the usual decorum of the period drama to free its powerhouse trio of actresses

Cuaron crafts a neorealist masterpiece in ‘Roma’

The phrase “world creation” gets thrown around casually and frequently in cinema, but few modern directors are better at fashioning a totally transportive experience than director Alfonso Cuaron. He

A commanding turn from Viola Davis in ‘Widows’

When you think of the wives and girlfriends of criminals and mobsters in cinema and television, what or who comes to mind? Kay Adams? Elvira Hancock? Skyler

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

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