Lean and mischievous, ‘The Party’ is worth your time

Sally Potter’s new film “The Party" is 71 minutes long. That fact alone shouldn’t necessarily be a selling point — stories need as long as

‘Black Panther’ is dazzling grand-scale filmmaking

The supposedly cosmically vast Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it’s called, spans planets peppered throughout the galaxy, but Ryan Coogler’s Earth-bound “Black Panther,” glittering and galvanizing, stands worlds

A star is born in Oscar-nominee ‘A Fantastic Woman’

The lead character of Sebastian Lelio’s film “A Fantastic Woman “ is named Marina. She is a nightclub singer and a waitress. She has a boyfriend, Orlando,

A provocative drama in Oscar-nominated ‘The Insult’

In the provocative Lebanese film “The Insult ,” a minor conflict over a gutter between two ordinary men in Beirut spirals and escalates to the level of

With Hugh Grant, ‘Paddington 2’ is simply wonderful

Paddington 2” is that rare creation that somehow improves on its already charming predecessor. Maybe it’s the addition of Hugh Grant as a lunatic faded star

In ‘In the Fade,’ a seldom seen face of terrorism

It’s startling how few filmmakers have tried to tackle terrorism with anything beyond a standard procedural account. It’s less surprising that one of the few to really

‘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

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