Film Reviews

Movie Review: ‘Bad Moms’: Funniest Summer Movie of 2016

(L–R) Kristen Bell as Kiki, Mila Kunis as Amy, Kathryn Hahn as Carla, in “Bad Moms” (STX Productions)
(L–R) Kristen Bell as Kiki, Mila Kunis as Amy, Kathryn Hahn as Carla, in “Bad Moms” (STX Productions)

R | 1h 41min | Comedy | 29 July 2016 (USA) I dragged myself with mild trepidation and anticipated ennui to “Bad Moms,” the latest...

  • In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Zachary Quinto, left, and Karl Urban appear in a scene from "Star Trek Beyond." (Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures via AP)

    Review: A Touch of Humor Invades ‘Star Trek Beyond’

    In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs. And not just a little snicker, either, but a... Read more

  • The herd makes a shocking discovery. (L–R) Julian (voiced by Adam Devine, Crash and Eddie (voiced by Seann William Scott, Josh Peck), Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer), Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), Granny (voiced by Wanda Sykes), Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), and Shira (voiced by Jennifer Lopez). (John Russo/Blue Sky Studios/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation).

    Movie Review: ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’: Take the Scrat and Leave the Rest

    PG | 1h 34min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 22 July 2016 (USA) Consider the Scrat. Acorn-addict. So named on account of being a squirrel-rat... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Phantom Boy’

    Like Jimmy Stewart in “Rear Window,” NYPD beat cop Alex Tanguy will try to crack a case while he is laid-up with a broken leg. However,... Read more

  • (L–R) Bryan Cranston stars as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur and John Leguizamo as his partner Emir Abreu in “The Infiltrator.” (Liam Daniel/Broad Green Pictures)

    Movie Review: ‘The Infiltrator’: ‘Breaking Bad’ Lite

    R  |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  13 July 2016 (USA) Bryan Cranston’s an actor’s actor. Channel-surfing, I once watched a few minutes of him playing... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Our Little Sister’

    Only Japanese cinema could produce such an effortlessly uplifting film about a fractured family. The three Koda sisters have long been estranged from their prodigal... Read more

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    Film Review: Naomi Kawase’s ‘Sweet Bean’

    Dorayaki is the favorite sweet treat of manga character Doraemon. Consisting of two pancakes stuffed with sweet bean paste (“an”), they resemble large Macarons (which... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Under the Sun’

    Lee Zin-mi really is a sweet little girl, but that is about the only true thing about the propaganda film she was supposed to star... Read more

  • (L–R) Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Berry star in “Free State of Jones” (Murray Close/STX Productions, LLC)

    Movie Review: ‘Free State of Jones’: Mississippi Braveheart

    Former blacksmith Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) steadies an ex-slave’s head against a mangrove tree in a Mississippi swamp and starts slamming the steel bolt on... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘The Innocents’

    Mathilde Beaulieu’s faith will be challenged by the horrors she witnesses as a Red Cross doctor during WWII—her Communist faith. She was supposed to oversee... Read more

  • (L–R) Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and “The BFG,” (Mark Rylance) in the big, friendly giant’s workshop ((C) 2016 Storyteller Distributuion Co., LLC.)

    Movie Review: ‘The BFG’: For Children, Steven Spielberg Is a Big Friendly Giant

    PG  |  117 min  |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  1 July 2016 (USA) The problem with telling a fairy tale nowadays (especially in America) is... Read more

  • A still from Carlos Saura’s “Argentina.”  (Barakacine Producciones)

    Film Review: ‘Argentina’

    If your idea of Argentine music begins and ends with tango that is a great start, but there is a much fuller history to survey... Read more

  • (L–R) Jude Law and Colin Firth in "Genius." (Michael Grandage Company)

    Movie Review: ‘Genius’

    Maxwell Perkins fostered the development of 20th century American literature like no other, as the editor of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, Dawn... Read more

  • This image released by Universal Pictures shows Andy Samberg in a scene from "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping." (Glen Wilson/Universal Pictures via AP)

    Review: A Mixtape of Music Parody, ‘Popstar’ Cranks It to 11

    A quick survey of the pop music landscape: Kanye West, in the midst of rolling out an album that frequently changed titles and engaging in... Read more

  • Kitty Genovese, the symbol of urban apathy, who was reportedly murdered in front of 38 witnesses-- and none helped.  Apparently the apathy was invented by a media report. (The Witnesses Film, LLC)

    Film Review: ‘The Witness’

    When it comes to armchair sociology, the significance of the Catherine “Kitty” Genovese case ranks alongside the Stanley Milgram experiments. However, much of what we... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner makes his concession speech in midtown New York after losing the election to Bill de Blasio. Weiner is the subject of a documentary by Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman, opening Friday, May 20, 2016, in limited release. (AP Photo/Jin Lee, File)

    ‘Weiner’ Is Riveting Fly-on-the-Wall Filmmaking

    There are lots of fly-on-the-wall documentaries. But occasionally there’s one that makes you want to ask the fly: Just HOW did you get onto that... Read more

  • Samantha Montgomery, also known as Princess Shaw. (Ido Haar)

    Film Review: ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’

    As one would expect from a Kibbutz resident, Ophir Kutiel (a.k.a. Kutiman) definitely considers music a collective endeavor. He is not such a believer in... Read more

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