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Don't Call It a Comeback

Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with slick heist caper.

Beer (Film) Festival

Seven sudsy films to get you pumped for the 2017 Utah Beer Festival.

The War at Home

Detroit recreates one harrowing battle in an ongoing conflict.

Sheet Happens

A Ghost Story turns a simple image into a meditation on attachment and mortality.
It is, of course, perfectly ridiculous to think that a person in a sheet with two eyeholes could represent something transcendently mournful about humanity.

Paint by Numbers

Maudie is more gentle romance than portrait of a tortured artist.
Folk-art buffs and extremely patriotic Canadians might already know the story of Maud Lewis.

Human Grace

War for the Planet of the Apes finds blockbuster action in fighting our own impulse to violence.
It's not unusual for genre fiction to offer compelling allegories for our time.

Schoolyard Fight

Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a welcome focus on a 15-year-old hero.
Stipulated: Nobody needs another Spider-Man movie.

Second-Hand Roads

Baby Driver cruises through genre homage that feels surprisingly familiar.
Edgar Wright loves his genre cinema—of this there can be no doubt.

More (and More and More) Than Meets the Eye

How I survived 10 consecutive hours of Transformers movies.
June 21 marks the Transformers: The Last Knight release.

If You're Going to San Francisco

Fifty years on, Monterey Pop captures something that was more than a musical moment.
Director D.A. Pennebaker launches into the documentary Monterey Pop.

Desperate Times

It Comes at Night offers a chilling allegory for compassion vs. fear.
This is an intense psychological thriller, slow-boiling and unsettling, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, whose under-the-radar debut Krisha won near-universal acclaim in 2015.

I Ham, I Said

Wakefield uses a big performance to find small truths.
It's time for a ham-aissance.

Too Many Cooks

Baywatch tries every approach to TV-series adaptation at the same time.
Hollywood has settled into some reliable formulas for bringing TV shows to the big screen.

Gods and Monsters

Alien: Covenant can't decide whether to get philosophical or homicidal.
If you find yourself befuddled by what the Alien movie franchise has become, the line forms behind me.

Not-So-Much About Ray

3 Generations loses one distinct voice by listening to several others.
More than 18 months ago, when co-writer/director Gaby Dellal's 3 Generations premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, it wasn't 3 Generations.

Playing the Hits

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn't as uniquely edgy as it thinks it is.
"You were insufferable to start with," groans Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the badass green chick who should be the hero of the Guardians of the Galaxy series.

Morality Play

Romanian drama Graduation digs into a flexible sense of ethics.
Few things make for more compelling drama than moral choices, and—hey, where's everybody going? Come back!

Gray Area

A great filmmaker shows off his non-showy stuff in The Lost City of Z.
As I prepared to write a lamentation about how, well into his 20-plus-year movie-making career, nobody quite appreciates director James Gray's talents enough.



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