June 25, 2019

  “Welcome to Marwen” is a high-profile movie starring Steve Carell and directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump”). It’s based on the true story of artist Mark Hogancamp, who was beaten nearly to death and struggled toward recovery by creating a...

June 25, 2019

  Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” has some notable flaws -- but Eastwood’s acting is not among them.

  Fans of the 88-year-old director should consider this a must; despite its weak script, “The Mule” offers one of his finest performances. If you ever wanted to see Dirty Ha...

June 25, 2019

  If you plan to enjoy “Instant Family”—and I certainly recommend that you try—then you’ll have to accept some artificiality and manipulation.

  Fortunately, the film’s important central issue, together with a solid cast, makes it easy to submit to the usual Hollywood h...

June 25, 2019

  Early ads for “Widows” quoted one review that stressed its “bone-rattling action.”

  That is not an accurate description of this movie.

  Though it has some excitement, I’ve heard several viewers complaining that the film was too slow; please don’t go to “Widows” seeki...

June 25, 2019

  When you combine the genius of Dr. Seuss and animator Chuck Jones with vocalists Boris Karloff and Thurl Ravenscroft, you get 1966’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” -- a classic that has stood the test of time as well as any other Christmas staple you can name. So...

June 24, 2019

  “Johnny English Strikes Again” is silly, predictable, occasionally lazy and not very clever -- but I liked it anyway.

  This new film is the third in a series that began with 2003’s modestly entertaining “Johnny English” -- followed eight years later by the uproarious...

June 24, 2019

  According to the opening credits, about a dozen different companies helped finance “The Sisters Brothers.”

  It’s amazing one or two of them couldn’t see what a boring, unbankable dud they had on their hands.

  Rarely has so much talent and money been wasted on somethi...

June 24, 2019

  Sometimes, when a filmmaker scores an Oscar for direction, he gets free reign on his next project; and this doesn’t always work out well (witness “Heaven’s Gate,” which ended the career of Best-Director winner Michael Cimino).

  And then there are cases like Damien Ch...

June 24, 2019

  Don’t let the previews fool you -- “Life Itself” is not a happy movie; if you show up expecting one, you’re going to want your money back.

  Personally, I didn’t foresee either happy or sad; but I sure expected something better from Dan Fogelman.

  He’s the writer...

June 24, 2019

  Having enjoyed the young-adult novel, I was surprised to learn that Eli Roth would direct “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.”

  He’s the horror-meister behind such bloody and brutal films as “Hostel” and “The Green Inferno”; but thankfully, Roth clamps down on the...

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