In ‘The Exception,’ a lion in Nazi Germany winter

Has any lion in winter ever roared like Christopher Plummer? In British theater director David Leveaux’s WWII thriller “The Exception,” Plummer plays Wilhelm II, the exiled

Pitt goes all out in flawed satire ‘War Machine’

Brad Pitt (left) and Ben Kingsley in a scene from "War Machine" Here’s a general rule of thumb: If you’re going to rely heavily on voiceover to

Bryan Cranston shines in moody, escapist ‘Wakefield’

Have you ever fantasized about one day walking away from your well-ordered life? Just ditching work and the humdrum routine of life? You have? Then, before you

The rot of American wealth is on ‘The Dinner’ menu

It’s fitting that the first images you see in the riveting family drama “The Dinner” are of food. Fancy food. The kind of artful, designed fare

Timing couldn’t be better for Poitras doc on Assange

With all the weighty and momentous issues raised in “Risk,” Laura Poitras’ fascinating, thorny, and remarkably timely documentary on Julian Assange, one of the more subtly illuminating

‘Guardians’ returns and it’s better than the first

In James Gunn’s sequel to his swashbuckling space Western, the Guardians of the Galaxy do their version of “The Empire Strikes Back,” complete with daddy issues but

When the bullets fly, ‘Free Fire’ comes to a crawl

The shootout, often a ballet, is a battle royale in Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire.” When the bullets start flying, Wheatley’s arms-deal-gone-wrong 1970s shoot-up comes to a

Emily Dickinson tale | ‘A Quiet Passion’ burns bright

There is something deeply funny and also beautiful about the idea that it would take a British man in his 70s to make the definitive film about

‘Their Finest’ stylishly blends wit, romance in WWII

Their Finest” is a movie about making a movie, specifically a glossy propaganda film meant to bolster morale in Britain in the darkest days of the

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ tells a riveting true story

In German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife managed to save the lives hundreds of Jewish people, many

Remembering the past, and editing along the way

A film that explores the latent longings and regrets of a cranky, self-absorbed septuagenarian might sound like a tough sell. But when we’re dealing with a performance as

In ‘Skull Island,’ Kong gets drafted into Vietnam

Not since Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now” murmured of “the horror” has such a brooding beast lurked deep within a war-ravaged jungle as the King Kong of

‘Logan’ a satisfying end for Jackman’s Wolverine

Logan” is not for the faint of heart — not just because of its brutal violence, but because it packs an emotional wallop you don’t typically

Monsters intrude on a culture clash in ‘Great Wall’

Tell the world what you have seen,” a character exclaims in “The Great Wall,” “and what is coming!” The warning is about the mythical mass

In ‘Get Out,’ the two-faced horrors of racism

Fifty years after Sidney Poitier upended the latent racial prejudices of his white date’s liberal family in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” writer-director Jordan Peele has crafted a similar

Glutton for punishment? Then see ‘50 Shades Darker’

In all the kinked knots and twists of satin that adorn “Fifty Shades Darker,” none is more worthwhile to uncoil than the tangled absurdities of its

‘John Wick 2’ is an extravagantly violent good time

Before you buy a ticket to see “ The same goes for the movie, about the storied hitman who was driven out of retirement and

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is radical and of the moment

Somewhat deep into the searing and utterly necessary documentary “ Peck’s restraint to build to and save that gut punch for a moment when he’s certain

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