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Paint by Numbers

Maudie is more gentle romance than portrait of a tortured artist.

Human Grace

War for the Planet of the Apes finds blockbuster action in fighting our own impulse to violence.

Schoolyard Fight

Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a welcome focus on a 15-year-old hero.

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.

Kid Stuff

A lovely child performance anchors the satisfying family drama of Gifted.
If you're going to make a movie with a cute kid, you're going to make it easy for a lot of people to love your movie. You're also going to make it easy for a lot of people to hate it.

Defusing Tension

Every explosion is predictable in the post-WWII Danish drama Land of Mine.
It came as something of a shock to discover that the original Danish title of Land of Mine—a Best Foreign Language Film nominee at this year's Academy Awards—was in fact Under Sandet, which translates as "Under the Sand."

Brexit-stential Blues

T2 revisits Trainspotting 20 years later, in a more complicated world.
"Choose life," Mark Renton suggested back in Danny Boyle's original 1996 Trainspotting. The Edinburgh heroin addict's advice was ironic, of course—he was courting death. But he was also rebelling against a life of conformity and consumerism.

Ethereal Girl

Terrence Malick again explores souls seemingly without bodies in Song to Song.
A week or so before I finally sat down for Terrence Malick's Song to Song, I shared this Twitter musing: "Like bebop, I see Terrence Malick's oeuvre as a singular, perhaps sublime art form for which I am simply temperamentally unsuited."

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  • Re: Schoolyard Fight

    • I actually do need more Spidey movies, and it sounds like this one will do…

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