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  • 'The Nut Job 2' review: A rote but radical sequel

    'The Nut Job 2' review: A rote but radical sequel

    You never know where you're going to find the most radical ideas. Somehow, a sub-par animated film sequel intended to quiet the kids for a few hours on a weekend afternoon burns with a proletarian rage. You'd never expect that from "The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature," but somehow, it's true. First,...

  • 'The Glass Castle' review: Brie Larson, finding herself

    'The Glass Castle' review: Brie Larson, finding herself

    It happens, too often, with memoirs of harsh, unpredictable childhoods adapted for the screen. Forty pages into a book like “Angela’s Ashes” or “This Boy’s Life” you may be riveted and eager for more, whereas 20 minutes into a well-meaning eternity of a film version, you may be thinking: Lock these...

  • Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' review: A TV pilot that belongs in a 'Middling-World'

    Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' review: A TV pilot that belongs in a 'Middling-World'

    Briskly forgettable, “The Dark Tower” gets ’er done, whatever “’er” is, in under 90 minutes, excluding the end credits. Pretty short in Earth minutes, in other words. For the record we’ve seen far, far worse movies this summer, “The Mummy” and “Transformers 5” among them. Apologies to Stephen King,...

  • 'Detroit' review: Kathryn Bigelow shoots the '67 war at home

    'Detroit' review: Kathryn Bigelow shoots the '67 war at home

    Oddly in synch with the narrative strategy (though without the imposing visual panache) of "Dunkirk," the other historical drama of the moment, director Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit," is an artfully frazzled mosaic of suffering, putting the audience through the wringer in the name of truth, injustice...

  • Al Gore continues his mission to save the planet in 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'

    Al Gore continues his mission to save the planet in 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'

    Given that the biggest climate news of the past year has been the decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris global climate accord, it may seem as if the most inconvenient aspect of the new "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" documentary is its timing. Isn't this follow-up...

  • 'Landline' review: A 1995 tale of two sisters, starring Jenny Slate

    'Landline' review: A 1995 tale of two sisters, starring Jenny Slate

    Tart and beautifully acted, "Landline" takes place in 1995, by which time the invention of the cordless telephone had already begun to relegate the traditional wall- or desk-located landline phone to the realm of antiquity. It's a good, flexible emblem of the era, though — a reminder of a time...

  • 'Kidnap' review: I'll see your 'Taken,' and raise you a 'Speed'

    'Kidnap' review: I'll see your 'Taken,' and raise you a 'Speed'

    Improbable action movies just got a new set of wheels: the increasingly scuffed-up Chrysler Town and Country driven down every stretch of freeway in the New Orleans area by a fiercely distraught Halle Berry in the child abduction thriller “Kidnap.” In this picture, directed with tons of extreme...

  • 'The Emoji Movie' can be summed up in one word: Meh

    'The Emoji Movie' can be summed up in one word: Meh

    “Words aren't cool” is the courtship advice imparted by one texting teen to another in “The Emoji Movie.” That statement is the canary in the coal mine that this movie is most decidedly not “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Will Alex (Jake T. Austin) choose the right emoji to express his ardor for Addie (Tati...

  • 'Atomic Blonde' review: Charlize Theron packs a punch, plot doesn't

    'Atomic Blonde' review: Charlize Theron packs a punch, plot doesn't

    The '80s are back, baby — the fashions, the tunes, the Russian spies. The Cold War is so hot right now, and action thriller "Atomic Blonde" is here to capitalize on that moment. Charlize Theron stars as the titular blonde in this violently stylish spy flick, doing her own version of "John Wick"...

  • 'A Ghost Story' review: The shiver and beauty of life in a small, beautiful movie

    'A Ghost Story' review: The shiver and beauty of life in a small, beautiful movie

    David Lowery's film "A Ghost Story" is best seen a second time, though obeying the customary rules of time and cinema, you'll have the mysterious pleasure of seeing it a first time to get there. It's not the usual haunting, though writer-director Lowery's unusually thoughtful picture concerns a...

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