September 10, 2017

  “Wind River” is a film to break a critic’s heart: beautifully acted, brilliantly written and absolutely gripping—yet the modest pedigree and hype-free promotion may prevent this masterpiece from getting the recognition it deserves.

  To put it simply, "Wind River" is...

August 18, 2017

  “The Glass Castle” may be the only movie whose PG-13 rating is attributed mostly to “family dysfunction.”

  But if you’ve read the book, you know the raters aren’t kidding.

  This highly anticipated version of Jeannette Walls’ bestseller remains so faithful to its sour...

July 28, 2017

NOLAN'S DUNKIRK: AUTHENTIC AND THRILLING

* * * 1/2 (out of four)

Just how committed to authenticity is Christopher Nolan?

Well, the writer-director’s latest film, “Dunkirk,” features no less than 12 of the original boats actually used in the evacuation nearly eight decade...

July 20, 2017

LOVE TRUMPS ALL

* * * 1/2 (out of four)

  It’s 9:30 on a Friday night—prime time for movie-going fans. My wife and I are at Lycoming Mall’s Regal Cinema for “The Big Sick,” one of the best-reviewed movies of the year.

  There are exactly five people in the audience.

  For...

June 8, 2017

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF UNDERPANTS

* * * 1/2 (out of four)

  “Implausible, juvenile and filled with the lowest form of wit: Bathroom humor.”

  That’s the grouchy, fun-hating Principal Krupp in “Captain Underpants” -- describing hand-drawn comics by protagonists G...

May 25, 2017

“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS . . . ”

* * * 1/2 (out of four)

  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

  Or a woman, as the case may be.

  This age-old truth continues to resonate through Western culture, with touching act...

May 18, 2017

LEGEND OF THE LEADEN LIFELESSNESS

* (out of four)

  The age-old Arthurian myth cycle has given rise to countless poems, stories, novels, plays and movies -- not to mention operas, paintings and at least one obscure rock album.

  But the new Guy Ritchie film was, shall we...

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