July 5, 2019

  I’m not a huge fan of screenwriter Richard Curtis, as I didn’t care for the loose sexuality in “Love, Actually” or “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” But there’s no question the man can write, and “Yesterday” is proof of that.

  The new film’s surreal storyline needed jus...

June 28, 2019

  “Missing Link” is the first film I’ve seen this year that made me want to start my best-of list.

  This animated gem from the reliable Laika studio (“Coraline,” “Kubo and the Two Strings”) can be overly silly, and its ending pushes too hard; yet it is nonetheless a de...

June 28, 2019

  If you can stomach the nonstop swearing and bad behavior, “Shaft” is a fascinating cultural artifact.

  In the ongoing debate about modern masculinity -- between a more genteel, millennial maleness and old-fashioned sexist tough-guys -- this entertaining actioner come...

June 28, 2019

  In “Toy Story 4,” familiar toys from the first three movies -- plus one notable newbie -- embark on a road trip with their owner and family.

 Correspondents Quinn Deitrick and Joseph Smith are likewise embarking on a new stage in life: Quinn graduated from Loyalsock H...

June 28, 2019

  Ladies and gentlemen, Emma Thompson has done it again.

  This time, though, she had help from Mindy Kaling.

  More than 25 years after Thompson took Best Actress for her sensational work in “Howards End,” she continues to burn up the screen in the terrific new dramedy...

June 28, 2019

  The sequel to “Secret Life of Pets” sort of succeeds in spite of itself.

  For much of the film, I couldn’t figure out whether they were trying too hard -- or not hard enough.

  There’s no question it’s poorly written, with a rambling story and only a few decent laughs...

June 27, 2019

  “Rocketman” is better than “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the same way that Elton John was a better songwriter than Queen.

  There, I said it -- go ahead and hate. Then ask yourself who had more hits. And whether Queen ever made a record as good as “Tumbleweed Connection.” Or...

June 27, 2019

  In “The Sun Is Also a Star,” protagonist Daniel Bae explains to his new-found crush the five elements needed for love. His final necessity is “the X-factor,” and when she inquires what that is he responds, “Don’t worry -- we have it.”

  I can’t give any better definit...

June 27, 2019

  As a long-suffering critic who’s reviewed many bombs and duds, here’s a little film-going tip: It’s not a good sign when a movie has seven writing credits.

  This generally means they couldn’t figure out what to do with the thing, and just kept hammering away until it...

June 27, 2019

  Despite generally lousy reviews, I just had to catch “The Intruder” and see for myself whether Dennis Quaid could pull off a psychopathic villain.

  The answer is yes, and very nicely too -- which is all the more impressive, as it’s tough to think of a single film in...

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