Film Reviews

Movie Review: ‘American Assassin’: The Books Are so Good!

Dylan O’Brien and Shiva Negar in “American Assassin.” (CBS Films/Lionsgate/Christian Black)
Dylan O’Brien and Shiva Negar in “American Assassin.” (CBS Films/Lionsgate/Christian Black)

R | 1h 51min | Action, Thriller | 15 September 2017 (USA) Well-written spy novels are ridiculously addictive. There’s a related genre now; I call...

  • Tom Hardy as Spitfire pilot Farrier in the action thriller "Dunkirk," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

    Movie Review: ‘Dunkirk’: Christopher Nolan’s War Movie Masterpiece

    PG-13 | 1h 46min | Action, Drama, History | 21 July 2017 (USA)  Go ahead and put “Dunkirk” in the same class as “Apocalypse Now,” “Platoon,”... Read more

  • Märt Avandi in “The Fencer,” Finland’s entry for the Oscars. (Making Movies Oy)

    Film Review: ‘The Fencer’

    Upper body strength means little in fencing. It is all about the legs. Lunging and retreating are key to the sport, or as Endel Nelis... Read more

  • (L–R) Darling (Eiza González) and Buddy (Jon Hamm) find out why Baby always listens to music in TriStar Pictures’s “Baby Driver.” (Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.)

    Movie Review: ‘Baby Driver’: Electrifying Non-Digital Stunt-Driving and a Sweet Summer Romance

    R | 1h 52min | Action, Crime, Music | 28 June 2017 (USA) Heist/romance movie “Baby Driver” is a mashup of “The Fast and the... Read more

  • Christian Friedel in “13 Minutes.” (Bernd Schuller/Sony Pictures Classics)

    Film Review: ’13 Minutes’

    Georg Elser did not look intimidating, nor did he sound particularly formidable. Yet, that is a major reason why he came so close to changing... Read more

  • Triplets now living at Sun Valley, a home for children whose parents are serving prison terms. (Good Company Pictures)

    Film Review: ‘Waiting for the Sun’

    They are like children in a Dickens novel, but they live in contemporary Mainland China. Due to social prejudices, the children of convicted criminals are... Read more

  • Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, and Fiona Gordon in "Lost in Paris." (Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, and Fiona Gordon in "Lost in Paris." (mk2 Films)

    Film Review: ‘Lost in Paris’

    France and Canada have traditionally enjoyed close ties, but Fiona the librarian might fix that. She hails from an impossibly snowy English-speaking Canuckian burg, but... Read more

  • (L–R) Harold (voiced by Thomas Middleditch) and George (voiced by Kevin Hart) crack up at the sight Captain Underpants (voiced by Ed Helms) in DreamWorks Animation’s “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”

    Movie Review: ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’: It’s Good, It’s DreamWorks

    There oughta be a 4-foot sign at “Captain Underpants” that you stand next to that says “You must be this short to enter.” Speaking of short,... Read more

  • Thomas Sung and two of his daughters as they appear in the documentary, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” (Sean Lyness)

    Film Review: ‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’

    There is no question the media would have pilloried Rudy Giuliani if he ever conducted a prosecution of an African American community bank in the... Read more

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    Film Review: Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’

    Thirty-seven years before the publication of the Ted Chiang novella that would be adapted as “The Arrival,” polish author Stanisław Lem had already grappled with... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘The Farthest’

    For many, the Voyager Program is best remembered as the inspiration for the rogue probe V’Ger in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” That is rather... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl’

    The Cultural Revolution was supposed to sweep away all unfair advantages derived from wealth and social connections, right? Try telling that to a 15-year-old nick-named... Read more

  • (L-R) Michael Peña as Ponch and Dax Shepard as Jon in Warner Bros. Pictures' action comedy "CHiPS.” (Peter iovino/Warner Bros Entertainment Inc./Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC.)

    Movie Review: ‘CHIPS’ Lowbrow and Very Funny

    R | 1 hour 40 min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 24 March 2017 (USA) Dax Shepard is a Hollywood “triple-threat”—an actor who acts, writes,... Read more

  • Pierre Niney and Paula Beer in "Frantz."  (Mandarin Films)

    Film Review: ‘Frantz’

    Adrien Rivoire and Frantz Hoffmeister were practically like the Crittenden siblings in the American Civil War. The two friends were as close as brothers, yet... Read more

  • Hiroshi Abe and Yôko Maki in “After the Storm.” (Aoi Promotion)

    Film Review: ‘After the Storm’

    Given the more rigid social norms, it must be especially difficult coming to terms with personal and professional failure in conservative Japan, but at least... Read more

  • Machiko Kyô and Masayuki Mori in “Ugetsu.” (Daiei Studios)

    Film Review: ‘Ugetsu’

    Most Japanese social critics agree Kenji Mizoguchi’s final film, “Street of Shame” played a crucial role bringing about the legal criminalization of prostitution. It was an issue... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Karl Marx City’

    Michael Tucker often serves as the director of photography on the documentaries he co-directs with his wife and creative partner, Petra Epperlein, but he has... Read more

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