Salem's Lot (2004)
TNT's four-hour miniseries boasts fine performances, exceptional photography and all the other bells and whistles that mark a great show.
Posted Jan 16, 2020
In the hands of director David Carson (Star Trek: Generations; From the Earth to the Moon), NBC's updated Carrie is more effective than I anticipated. The film -- especially the first half -- had me in a spell.
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Union general William Tecumseh Sherman once said, "War is hell." Sam Mendes with "1917" says, "Hold my beer."
Posted Jan 6, 2020
A Hidden Life (2019)
It quietly demands viewers wind down to become in sync with Jägerstätter's rural life, a world of planting and harvesting, back-breaking labor and joyous celebration, community and kinship.
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)
In "Ip Man 3," Yen went mano-a-mano with Mike Tyson. They've got to try and outdo that, right? Well, not really. "Ip Man 4" is entertaining enough, but fails to deliver a knockout punch.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Neither the best nor the worst of the "Star Wars" franchise...And don't shed too many tears. Disney is going to make sure that the echoes of your goodbyes will barely have had time to fade by the time of the rollout of the next "Star Wars" story arc.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
6 Underground (2019)
"6 Underground," a non-stop stunt reel with a few, admittedly impressive displays of your usual visual verve -- is just "Fast & Furious" crossed with an old Whitesnake music video, but with fewer functioning brain cells.
Posted Dec 11, 2019
Marriage Story (2019)
The entire cast is rock solid, with Johansson and Driver turning in two of the very best performances of their careers.
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019)
Matsoukas, working from a script by Lena Waithe and story by James Frey, keeps the pace so leisurely over the course of 132 minutes that the story's innate tension slowly seeps away like air in an old balloon.
Posted Nov 26, 2019
(Shults) has crafted an emotionally pummeling yet ultimately uplifting work that ranks as one of the year's most unique and individual films. And in a year that has given us "Us," "Parasite," "The Farewell" and "The Irishman," that's saying something.
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Honey Boy (2019)
Written by LeBeouf and directed by documentary filmmaker Alma Ha'rel, "Honey Boy" is catharsis as compelling character study.
Posted Nov 20, 2019
The Irishman (2019)
It's not going to blast you through the back of the theater... Instead, it's going to engender feelings of sadness and regret amid a renewed appreciation for the director's filmmaking and storytelling prowess.
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Last Christmas (2019)
"Last Christmas" is that film that fits neatly between spasms of holiday shopping, when you want to just get away from the mall madness for a couple of hours.
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Better Days (2019)
Three years ago, (Derek)Tsang made "Soul Mate," an enchanting tale about female friendship that offered an engrossing look at modern, urban China. Yet that film isn't quite adequate preparation for the emotional wallop of "Better Days."
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Waititi manages to walk the fine line between fantasy and drama, humor and wartime horror without losing his balance.
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Kill Team (2019)
"The Kill Team" is so skillfully made, sharply paced (it clocks in under 90 minutes), and generally well-acted (Skarsgard in particular) that its flaws are easy to forgive.
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019)
"Parasite" may be the work that makes (Bong Joon-ho) more of a household name. Many of the best elements from his previous films are on display here, and if there's one film that should serve as an introduction to his style, it's this one.
Posted Oct 23, 2019
The quiet, deliberate and slowly building "Pain & Glory" may not have all the exuberant cinematic flourishes for which Almodóvar is known but its power rests in its restraint.
Posted Oct 16, 2019
The Dead Center (2019)
Director/writer Billy Senese didn't have a ton of money to work with but "The Dead Center" wisely eschews gore and special effects in favor of setting a dark, malevolent mood.
Posted Oct 10, 2019
First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019)
Often darkly funny, "First Love" is also very violent, and it's not just about gunplay. There's a beheading in the movie's first few minutes just to let everyone know, if they've somehow forgotten, that they've walked into a Takashi Miike film.
Posted Oct 9, 2019
The Battle of Jangsari (2019)
If director Kwak Kyung-Taek and writers Brian Chung and Cory Gustke have a tendency to fall deep into predictability, the battle scenes make up for it...The trench warfare attack, which comes about 30 minutes in, is close-quarters brutal.
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Gemini Man (2019)
All the cinematic spackle in the world can't disguise the wide cracks in this dull, tired script, no matter how many digital Will Smiths you use.
Posted Oct 9, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019)
At its best, "The Death of Dick Long" has a similar deadpan appeal and grim humor of "Fargo." There's no wood chipper but what replaces it is equally disturbing.
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Ad Astra (2019)
The slow, deliberate and occasionally suspenseful "Ad Astra" is not an action movie in a traditional sense...Instead, "Ad Astra" is a film that raises pointed questions about our place in the universe and in our families...That's action enough.
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Tiger Cruise (2004)
The sobering events of 9/11 give this otherwise typical Disney movie unusual gravity.
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Camp Rock (2008)
Camp Rock is exactly what you'd expect it to be: silly, sometimes sweet, occasionally confusing, aggressively perky and brimming with disposable pop songs about being true to yourself.
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Blending the often frightening surrealism of a child's wild imagination with the blood-splattered realism of the drug cartels, "Tigers Are Not Afraid" is a highly original horror story made for these times.
Posted Sep 4, 2019
The film is another jewel in Scott's grill, a way to neatly contain so much movement and madness. It's a terrific showcase for his unique approach to music and live shows.
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The Nightingale (2019)
A masterful display of cinematic craft, an astonishing feat considering this is only her second feature, though her first - the eerie and more supernatural "The Babadook" from 2014, also about a woman in serious trouble - showed she was a talent to watch.
Posted Aug 21, 2019
"Luce" doesn't offer easy answers and, thanks in part to former Portishead linchpin Geoff Barrow's glitchy score, keeps viewers constantly off-balance, like a night of heavy drinking.
Posted Aug 21, 2019
The filmmakers have come up with some images that are sheerest nightmare. The film earns its shudders honestly: Scott is too talented to need gratuitousness as a aid.
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019)
A celebration of how music can mean so much, especially when it hits you at a vulnerable time in your life.
Posted Aug 12, 2019
The Kitchen (2019)
Them That Follow (2019)
In "Them That Follow," the snakes aren't the only things that leave a mark.
Posted Aug 7, 2019
For those who just want things that go zoom and go boom, "H&S" hits that sweet spot. That won't be enough to convince the "F&F" haters who will groan and scream "cash grab" through every one of the movie's sometimes very long 135 minutes.
Posted Jul 31, 2019
[It] is a rambling love letter to Los Angeles and 1969...But it's a love letter scrawled in pop-culture cool and B-movie blood that turns into a film that, like a guitar solo from the era, may be far too long but is wily and inventive nonetheless.
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Farewell (2019)
The story of a wedding held under trying circumstances might not be the type of film that go can toe-to-toe with "Spider-Man: Far from Home" when it comes to total box-office bucks but its very down-to-earth story proves to be its superpower.
Posted Jul 23, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
"The Art of Self-Defense" turns into an often brutal takedown of both toxic masculinity and the willingness of humans of both genders to give up their individuality in service of some greater authority in which they find identity and fellowship.
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
An entertaining chapter in the life of a maturing Parker...Considering that this is a summer that birthed the woeful "Godzilla: King of the Monsters, that "Far From Home" is more entertaining than a sequel has a right to be is miracle enough.
Posted Jun 28, 2019
After seeing "Buddy," viewers who have dogs at home probably will want to hug them a little tighter, while those who don't might wish they had.
Posted Jun 27, 2019
A pleasant trifle of a rom-com that may feel more like an elevator pitch than a fully formed film but it's just diverting enough to keep from sinking under the weight of its concept.
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Nightmare Cinema (2019)
Overall, "Nightmare Cinema" is more stomach-turning than truly frightening, but thanks to the obvious love and care put into it, it's worth seeing.
Posted Jun 25, 2019
This often well-acted and intriguing blend of caper and commentary comes off as forced and heavy-handed, scoring obvious points without offering anything particularly new. Heck, there's even a hooker with a heart of gold.
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Late Night (2019)
Playing an imperious Brit who sneers at lesser mortals from a pedestal of "The Devil Wears Prada"-style privilege and power, Thompson crackles with just the right amount of condescension, cruelty and whip-smart comic timing.
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The way Talbot blends haunting imagery with a mournful score (by Emile Mosseri) is dreamlike, recalling the work of "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins.
Posted Jun 12, 2019
it's an efficiently made and routine police action-drama that has some effective moments but doesn't add up to anything that hasn't been done many times before.
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Director/writer Lee Won-tae, for whom this is only his second feature, keeps the pace moving swiftly, showing off an energetic sensibility that heralds a new voice on the South Korean film scene.
Posted Jun 4, 2019
It's fitting that a film that is so unapologetically conventional and predictable (even by the standards of the genre) ends with the song "Godzilla," a cover of a Blue Oyster Cult track...As with so much of the movie, it has been done before and better.
Posted May 29, 2019
"John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is by far the most entertaining of the series, a film that noisily fits the definition of a summer popcorn movie and makes no pretense of having any higher goals.
Posted May 16, 2019