A grumpy Tom Hanks stars in ‘A Man Called Otto’

Sentimental tales about grumpy old men and American decline have, until recently, typically been the domain of Clint Eastwood. But in “A Man Called Otto,” Marc

‘Aftersun,’ ‘Banshees’ lead MDT/AP’s best films of 2022

1. The Banshees of Inisherin: Martin McDonagh’s film is a sharp, funny and utterly devastating work about the end of a friendship

Del Toro takes his ‘Pinocchio’ to very dark places

Let’s face it, “Pinocchio” has always been an odd choice for a children’s morality tale. Of course, lying is wrong. But that’s not the

‘The Inspection,’ boot camp from a fresh gaze

Elegance Bratton is certainly not the first person to turn to the military to fill a hole in his life. But the filmmaker also knew he

Wrenching and riveting, ‘The Son’ leaves you shaken

If you don’t have children, you will likely walk out of “The Son” shaken and deeply moved. If you do have kids, you may have to be eventually

‘The Menu,’ with Anya Taylor-Joy, serves up satire

What are we eating? A Rolex?” So quips Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) in Mark Mylod’s “The Menu” as she waits with her date, Tyler (Nicholas Hoult),

A 1960s underground abortion network in ‘Call Jane’

In Phyllis Nagy’s “Call Jane,” Joy (Elizabeth Banks) is a 1960s housewife married to a defense attorney (Chris Messina) with a teenage daughter (Grace Edwards) and a

‘Descendant’ powerfully telescopes past and present

One of the best films of the year, Margaret Brown’s “Descendant” is, strictly speaking, about the discovery of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship. After

Romance, mystery in Korean noir ‘Decision to Leave’

An insomniac detective falls for a beautiful suspect in a suspicious death he’s investigating in “Decision to Leave.” This deceptively simple premise is stretched over two beguiling

In ‘Tár,’ Cate Blanchett is a maestro at work

Time is the thing,” says Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) in  Lydia, a world-renown conductor, is explaining her art as more than waving a baton around —

‘Smile’ turns twisted grin into bland horror flick

I have mostly frowny faces for “Smile,” a bluntly unsettling and blandly grim new horror flick that wrings as much mileage as it can out of a

A classic battle epic in ‘The Woman King’

Viola Davis should have been leading armies this whole time. In “ The Woman King,” the always regal Oscar-winner is a mass of muscle, battle

Jiminy Cricket! A live-action ‘Pinocchio’

After a string of live-action remakes, from “Beauty and the Beast” to “The Lion King,” the Walt Disney Co. has finally gotten around to “ Pinocchio.”

‘Barbarian’ gleefully messes with horror customs

Barbarian” starts at night with a heavy downpour and a thunderclap. So far, so good, for what seems to be a classic horror movie. Hold onto

In ‘Honk for Jesus,’ a megachurch mockumentary

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown give fully committed performances in “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” so why does the film lack faith in itself?

Michael K. Williams’ final film role in ‘Breaking’

Breaking,” Abi Damaris Corbin’s lean and heartfelt first feature, is a lackluster bank-robbery thriller with noble intentions enlivened by an impassioned performance by John Boyega and an

Jamie Foxx hunts vampires in comedy ‘Day Shift’

This year marks the centennial anniversary of F. W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu,” a long time for us humans but only a blip for vampires. If you

‘Easter Sunday’ is a loving ode to Filipino culture

A boisterous extended clan gathers for a family holiday, launching the requisite arguments, hurt feelings, grudges, inside jokes, laughter, love, reconciliation and lots of eating, plus maybe

Youth and anarchy in ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’

Bodies Bodies Bodies “ might just be the first great Gen Z thriller. In director Halina Reijn’s film is a razor-sharp satire of a very specific

Loneliness and hope both eternal in ‘A Love Song’

The first shots of “A Love Song” are a signal for the rest of the film — stubborn flowers and shrubs pushing through dry, stony earth in

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