The Little Stranger (2018)
A glorious gothic conundrum of obsession, delusion, psychological infection, and just possibly actual malevolent spirits. The most haunting aspect of this eerily enrapturing film may be the sly, maddening ambiguity of it all.
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Come sit next to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins and eavesdrop on their witty banter, amiable swearing, and grand tales of their stage and film careers.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Mile 22 (2018)
Welcome to the first action movie of the Trump era, wherein civil liberties are a distant fantasy and 'no man left behind' has been forgotten, yet this is all 'a higher form of patriotism.'
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Charming entry-level spookiness and nicely old-fashioned eeriness for budding fright fans. A disarmingly goofy Jack Black and a vamping-it-up Cate Blanchett meet in a comic middle that is perfectly pitched.
Posted Sep 18, 2018
Lost Child (2018)
An extraordinarily delicate balancing act between drama and horror, visually and psychologically expansive, set in a place where stories of monsters are not mere entertaining fun, and where superstition is not harmless.
Posted Sep 14, 2018
The Predator (2018)
Garbage. A bad excuse for a movie, even for the pulpy disposable popcorn nonsense it wants to be. Incoherent and illogical, cheap and shoddy. Wannabe sci-fi action horror that can't pull off any of it.
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Rider (2018)
An extraordinary semidocumentary drama, beautiful and beautifully accomplished, about dignity, work, and masculinity. Heartbreaking and yet utterly unsentimental, this is one of the best and most important films of the year.
Posted Sep 12, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018)
Witty, tense, and thrilling, but also cheerful, escapist, and fun, this is a perfect cinematic cozy mystery, kept on an even keel by the irresistibly charming Anna Kendrick. Merrily absurd pure entertainment.
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Like a black comedy from a dystopia, except the dystopia is real and we are living in it. Chloë Grace Moretz is better than ever as a teen who discovers she may not be able to pray her gay away.
Posted Sep 7, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
An opulent, juicy, splendidly silly, tears-of-joy spectacle reminiscent of the escapist fluff of 1930s Hollywood... yet also a romantic fantasy that a progressive, feminist gal can actually feel good about.
Posted Sep 6, 2018
Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)
This lush throwback to European cinema of the 1950s and 60 looks gorgeous and sounds wonderful, but it never quite gels as the passionate romance it wants to be.
Posted Sep 1, 2018
Destination Wedding (2018)
A dark, bitter bonbon of an anti-romcom: so marvelously unromantic, so beautifully catty and witty. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder were born to play these roles.
Posted Aug 30, 2018
With smarts, warmth, and humanity, this mystery that unfurls entirely on computer screens becomes an ode to the new digital lives we are all leading, from how we use our devices to what they say about us.
Posted Aug 29, 2018
Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018)
Marguerite Duras's semifictionalized memoir of psychological survival and emotional endurance in Paris during the Nazi occupation makes an uneasy, listless transition to the screen.
Posted Aug 29, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018)
Ugly, sordid, and proud of it, with less than no justification. 'Meet the Feebles meets Who Framed Roger Rabbit' conveys a far greater sense of dignity, cohesion, and purpose than this witless movie deserves.
Posted Aug 28, 2018
The Children Act (2018)
Courtroom drama? Portrait of a marriage? Character study of a workaholic? This frustratingly random film cannot figure out what it is or what it wants to say... but Emma Thompson's beautifully empathetic performance is worth your time.
Posted Aug 24, 2018
The remarkable Ice Age setting is all that distinguishes - and not by much - a depressingly conventional boy-and-his-dog story.
Posted Aug 23, 2018
The Bookshop (2018)
It's weighed down by unnecessary narration and a surprising lack of conflict. But star Emily Mortimer and director Isabel Coixet create a character study of a rarity onscreen: an earnestly cerebral woman.
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Do You Trust this Computer? (2018)
This slick gloss on the state of AI is frustratingly scattershot and won't surprise anyone who has been paying attention. But its warnings about how we've dealt with huge and rapid scientific leaps before are worthy ones.
Posted Aug 17, 2018
Juliet, Naked (2018)
A gentle, generous confrontation between fan and artist, and between a past full of regret and the possibility of a happier future, made warm and human by the terrific central performances. An instant new comfort movie.
Posted Aug 17, 2018
The Darkest Minds (2018)
The YA dystopia is now just another fantasy setting for teen romance. We have normalized the apocalypse. Superpowered kids are being held in concentration camps, but OMG, will Ruby and Liam get together?!
Posted Aug 10, 2018
The Meg (2018)
Jason Statham versus a giant prehistoric shark. It's never less - yet also never more - than you expect, and never more suspenseful or scary than it is cheesy. But whatev. Go, and enjoy.
Posted Aug 9, 2018
Dog Days (2018)
Two rom-coms, a grossout comedy, a family drama, and a platonic May-December melodrama, all connected by stilted humor, sloppy schmaltz, implausible human interaction, and - least convincingly - dogs.
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Sicilian Ghost Story (2017)
A cruel film that hopes to use its fantastical surreality to find some sort of redemption in the senseless, violent, and real-life abuse of a child. There is no magic here, and no meaning.
Posted Aug 3, 2018
The superhero movie we need, and also the one we karmically deserve. A riot of hilariously zippy animation that gleefully shreds the clichés of the genre while also lovingly embracing its self-referential geek experience.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Kelly Macdonald is exquisite, bringing a lovely freshness and authentic life to a familiar sort of character. Even a script that is often improbable and strained cannot detract from her journey, hard as it tries to.
Posted Jul 27, 2018
A scathing critique of inhumanity in the name of religion - in this case, Jehovah's Witnesses - made all the more chilling by its drab colorlessness and mute suffocation.
Posted Jul 26, 2018
An enormously entertaining portrait of Hasidic women who started their own all-female EMS team in Brooklyn. Eye-opening and stereotype-shattering.
Posted Jul 25, 2018
Masterful. I had so much fun with this, often laughing out loud in relief when the tension of a breathless action scene finally broke. So why am I feeling a bit meh about it?
Posted Jul 24, 2018
Gloomy, authentic, essential: this auspicious feature debut from writer-director Jenny Lu is an anti-fairy tale of forgotten women and the false promises of end-stage capitalism.
Posted Jul 20, 2018
The First Purge (2018)
This shrewd sci-fi horror franchise is as sharp as ever as it reaches yet further down into the unpleasant flipside of the American myth. A rare prequel that doesn't feel superfluous.
Posted Jul 4, 2018
Deeply moving, truly tragic; a biography with a keenly journalistic but hugely sympathetic eye. Powerful compassion and a get-up-and-dance deployment of Houston's music may well bring her a new generation of fans.
Posted Jul 3, 2018
Mildly wacky road-trip shenanigans meet mildly uncomfortable family dramedy. The saving grace? The cast is a joy to spend time with.
Posted Jun 29, 2018
Epic yet intimate, this is a visual gorgeous and emotionally lush fantasy drama about love and hope set in a violent but beautifully realized invented world.
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Eating Animals (2018)
The philosophical and the sentimental trump the practical in this exposé of factory farming that, while effective in showing us the horrors, offers only simplistic solutions.
Posted Jun 15, 2018
The Happy Prince (2018)
Writer, director, and star Rupert Everett's labor of cinematic love, about the last years of Oscar Wilde, is a small wonder of contradictions: nightmarish yet sanguine, a bit sordid yet full of grace.
Posted Jun 15, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Breezy fun that sticks a shiv into Hollywood's - and the larger culture's - disdain for women. Wonderfully subtle comic performances from a great cast having a ball make for a perfectly suitable light diversion from the world right now.
Posted Jun 14, 2018
Studio 54 (2018)
A hugely entertaining exploration of the mythology of the legendary nightclub as something truly worth celebrating, and a towering Scorsese-esque drama of the men who invented it brought down by hubris.
Posted Jun 13, 2018
There's nothing fawning and plenty ironic about this essential first documentary to cover a major female fashion designer, a woman whose life is almost a perfect reflection of the trajectory of 20th-century feminism.
Posted Jun 10, 2018
Half the Picture (2018)
Authoritative and insightful, this essential film gives much needed cultural breathing room to some remarkable Hollywood women to discuss how they are undermined or shut out entirely from the industry.
Posted Jun 8, 2018
There's so much fresh air in this stunningly good biography that it feels like you've never encountered a rags-to-riches, tortured-artist story before. Not just for fashion lovers.
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Hollywood finds a way. To keep telling the same stories over and over again, that is. There's too much going on in Fallen Kingdom, and yet somehow not enough, either. Still: dinosaurs!
Posted Jun 7, 2018
The sinister ambiance has a terrible grace, but its raw and honest portrait of grief and guilt is ultimately diminished by the supernatural horror that is also at play.
Posted Jun 5, 2018
A Kid Like Jake (2018)
A movie as generous and as nonjudgmental as its protagonists, as frustrated yet as gently questing as they are. Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are extraordinary.
Posted Jun 1, 2018
My Generation (2017)
A brilliantly thrilling look back at the flowering of creativity and freethinking spirit of 1960s London, through the thoroughly charming perspective of Michael Caine.
Posted May 31, 2018
The Breadwinner (2017)
Beautiful and startling, bursting with both brutality and hope, this animated adventure is too intense for young children, but the brains and bravery of its young heroine will inspire older kids and adults alike.
Posted May 26, 2018
This is no twee old-lady adventure. The magnificent Sheila Hancock crafts a portrait of elder womanhood as a tangy triumph of risk-taking over regret, and resolution over resignation.
Posted May 25, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
A Star Wars-flavored juice drink* of a movie (*contains 10% real juice) that tells us nothing of significance we didn't already know about Han Solo, in an incarnation that lacks his essential charisma and precarious danger.
Posted May 23, 2018
A quiet horror movie about grief and regret as spiritual possession, about rationalization and denial as immorality. We don't tell ourselves stories that whisper, as this one does, 'The Nazis had help.' We need to.
Posted May 22, 2018
On Chesil Beach (2018)