‘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

High couture dreams in ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’

Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel “Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris,” about a British cleaning lady with high couture dreams, wouldn’t seem to have even a stitch of contemporary

Dakota Johnson brings a modern spark to ‘Persuasion’

The new adaptation of “ Persuasion, “ coming to Netflix Friday, does not seem to have been made for Jane Austen fans. Her book about the

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is pure bonkers filmmaking

The last full Thor movie was the overstuffed 2017 “Thor: Ragnarok,” with the God of Thunder dealing with dueling brother and sister issues, the imminent destruction of

In ‘Rise of Gru,’ Minion mayhem reigns

For a not small segment of the audience for “Minions: Rise of Gru,” only one thing really needs to be said. The Minions are in it. That’s

A winning charmer in ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’

Female desire is not a topic that gets a lot of space in mainstream Hollywood movies. And the desire of women north of 45? Well, that’s

Adam Sandler basketball drama, ‘Hustle,’ has game

By now you’d think you know what you’re getting with an Adam Sandler sports movie. “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy” have conditioned us to expect silly

Acting chemistry boosts (very) dark ‘Count of Three’

On the Count of Three” is marketed as a “darkly comic” movie. Well, there’s dark comedy and there’s darker comedy, and then there’s comedy like this

A landmark NYC police standoff in ‘Hold Your Fire’

When there are so many fictional, burly varieties of heroes so regularly on movie screens, it’s jarring to see that the genuine article can be

The perils of perfectionism in Finland’s ‘Hatching’

If “Petite Maman” left you feeling a little too good about mothers, daughters and empathy, Finland may just have the antidote in Hanna Bergholm’s “Hatching,” a

In ‘Happening,’ a riveting abortion drama

Happening  Audrey Diwan’s Golden Lion-winner at last year’s Venice Film Festival, is set in 1963 France but the period detail isn’t prominent. Instead, it’s an abortion

Liam Neeson kills down ‘Memory’ lane

Memory” is an interesting title for the latest Liam Neeson thriller. Do you remember the last Liam Neeson thriller? Or the one before that? Who was

Mirren, Broadbent charm in art heist pic ‘The Duke’

If you’re gonna face a jury for a crime you’ve already confessed to — and even explained how you did it — you’d better have something

A portrait of a Putin opposition leader in ‘Navalny’

“Navalny”  is so taut and suspenseful you’d think John le Carré had left behind a secret manuscript that’s only just coming to light now. This

Madcap metaverses meld in ‘Everything Everywhere’

Everything Everywhere All at Once” is your standard multiverse martial arts movie about filing your taxes and midlife regret in which googly eyes, everything bagels and

In ‘After Yang,’ an android’s death opens new doors

The two features by the South Korean-born filmmaker and video essayist Kogonada – his auspicious debut “Columbus” and the new “After Yang” – are distinct for their

In ‘X,’ a 1970s porn shoot runs into trouble

In Houston 1979, a small film crew arrives to make a porn film in a rented cottage on a farm belonging to an aged couple, one

‘The Adam Project,’ a blockbuster therapy session

Pathos and action are found in equal parts in “ The Adam Project,” the latest attempt by Netflix to create the kind of throwback blockbuster that

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