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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: Captain Marvel

An attempt to bring humanity to a cosmic-level hero falls short
What’s left in Captain Marvel is a story that offers a powerful, resilient heroic role model, and that’s nothing to dismiss lightly.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Film Reviews: Greta, A Madea Family Funeral, Apollo 11, A Tuba to Cuba

A slow weekend at the movies offers a Sundance-favorite documentary, the return of Madea and an American jazz band's journey to another country. Apollo 11 (pictured) manages a you-are-there intensity from archival footage of a 50-year-old historical milestone.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Film Reviews: How to Train Your Dragon 3, Never Look Away, Arctic, Fighting With My Family

An animated trilogy comes to a close, a story of real-life wrestlers gets the Dwayne Johnson-approved treatment, and a final Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee comes to town just ahead of Sunday's ceremony.

Monday, February 18, 2019

How to watch every Oscar-nominated film

Are you still trying to play catch-up before the Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 24?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Movie Reviews: Isn't It Romantic, Happy Death Day 2U, Alita: Battle Angel, Capernaum

Folks looking for a Valentine's Day weekend movie will find three very different options at multiplexes, plus the local opening of one of this year's nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. Isn't It Romantic (pictured)—with Rebel Wilson as a woman trapped in an actual romantic comedy—walks a satisfying tightrope between spoofing rom-com tropes and fully embracing them.  The Oscar-nominated Syrian drama Capernaum adds a morally-indefensible premise to wallowing in poverty miserabilism.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sundance 2019 Wrap-Up: 75 Movies in Brief

The best, the worst, the most political, the biggest crowd-pleasers and more.
Another Sundance Film Festival is in the books, with all the attendant buzz, Park City gridlock, celebrity sightings and good old-fashioned movie love. Our critics covered 75 features over the 11 days of the festival; here’s a roundup of that coverage.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sundance Update: Saturday, Feb. 2

Paradise Hills, The Death of Dick Long, Queen of Hearts, Imaginary Order and more
Paradise Hills (NEXT) ** Allegorical science-fiction is hard enough to pull off without profound confusion as to what you’re being allegorical about. Emma Roberts plays Uma, a young woman involuntarily committed by her mother to an idyllic “center for emotional healing” where she and other young women are trained to be what other people want them to be.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sundance Update: Friday, Feb. 1

Honey Boy, Sweetheart, The Brink, One Child Nation and more.
Honey Boy (U.S. Dramatic) * No point in mincing words: I found this enterprise distasteful—essentially a Daddie Dearest for the therapeutic society. Scripted by Shia LeBeouf, it tells two parallel stories involving Otis, a child-adult star very like LeBeouf.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sundance Update: Thursday, Jan. 31

The Report, Cold Case Hammerskjold, Official Secrets, Light from Light and more
The Report (Premieres) *** An elegantly-made information dump is still an information dump, and that is indeed what writer/director/longtime Steven Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns offers in his paper-chase political thriller surrounding the investigation into the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” techniques. Adam Driver plays Dan Jones, a staffer for the Senate Intelligence Committee who heads up a task force trying to get to the bottom of why the CIA tortured prisoners, and what if anything was gained.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Sundance Update: Wednesday, Jan. 30

Big Time Adolescence, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Before You Know It and more
Big Time Adolescence (U.S. Dramatic) *** Hypotheticallly speaking, if this movie consisted solely of 90 minutes of Pete Davidson smiling goofily at the world and describing everything as “sick,” it might still be hella-fun to watch. It turns out to be more than that, following the friendship between 16-year-old high-school student Mo (Griffin Glick) and his unlikely best friend: 23-year-old Zeke, the pot-smoking, layabout ex-boyfriend of Mo's sister.

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