The Predator (2018)
Black adds a few twists to the mix of his own, including a familial aspect to the plot, which is unexpected given his often machismo style in the action film genre.
Posted Sep 14, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018)
Once the comedic novelty of naughty puppets dissipates - and it does - The Happytime Murders struggles for laughs.
Posted Aug 27, 2018
The Meg (2018)
Still, for all the nods to Jaws he did include, Turteltaub resists including the obvious line about the shark being too big for the boat.
Posted Aug 10, 2018
Lee bludgeons us quite effectively.
Posted Aug 9, 2018
The Family Stone (2005)
The movie feels sentimental but never cheesy: Our allegiances shift throughout, until we decide everyone deserves our sympathy, everyone has reasons.
Posted Jul 31, 2018
Grows bolder and bigger, turning into a series of eye-rolling whoppers by the end.
Posted Jul 27, 2018
Equalizer 2 (2018)
Everything that's wrong with the modern summer blockbuster: a meaningless franchise with only star power in its favor.
Posted Jul 20, 2018
Yes, it's all preposterous, but Johnson as least makes it enjoyable.
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Mostly improves upon everything the original film did.
Posted Jul 6, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn't a sequel but a clone.
Posted Jun 25, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Yes, these are all important moments in Han's formative years, but onscreen they are average and often pedestrian.
Posted May 24, 2018
Life of the Party (2018)
If the summer film season is a monthslong shindig, then Life of the Party is the turd in the punchbowl.
Posted May 10, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
It's the sense that everything has been building to this moment and now, as the fun truly begins, there's nothing left to do but sit back and revel in the spectacle of it all.
Posted Apr 26, 2018
What Rampage really needs is that playful sense of fun that made the video game-turned franchise so popular. As any kid in a backyard sandbox will tell you, it's fun to be big and smash things.
Posted Apr 18, 2018
Ready Player One (2018)
The challenges are exciting, extensive, and surprising, and few if any directors are better at staging these kinds of action set pieces than Spielberg.
Posted Mar 30, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
While the big-name cast in A Wrinkle in Time is great for marketing, there's a star problem in the film, and it's not Winfrey.
Posted Mar 9, 2018
Game Night (2018)
This outing doesn't go so well, with Game Night's inconsistent laughs and a plot that's too silly even for a comedy.
Posted Feb 22, 2018
Black Panther (2018)
Not since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises has a superhero film so openly expressed politics - not so much ideology but a cultural mood - and taken so many chances.
Posted Feb 15, 2018
The striking cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi, enhances Hostile's vivid contrast between what's beautiful and ugly in this world, and Cooper's screenplay ... is a challenging balance between extreme violence and thoughtful reflection.
Posted Jan 26, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2018)
Most importantly, Call Me By Your Name is an honest story of hearts on fire, broken, and then healed, with wise affection for its characters and their struggles, and a message of tolerance and love for us all.
Posted Jan 25, 2018
I, Tonya (2018)
A surprisingly funny faux documentary with obvious affection for its beleaguered namesake, I, Tonya does what 25 years ago seemed impossible: It makes the derided and even despised Tonya Harding empathetic and human.
Posted Jan 19, 2018
The Post (2018)
Historical irony, no matter how relevant, means little to movie-goers if a film isn't well told and well executed. And few filmmakers tell and direct a story better than Spielberg.
Posted Jan 11, 2018
Molly's Game (2018)
Chastain is fierce in a role that echoes that of a similarly tough-but-flawed D.C. lobbyist in last year's Miss Sloane.
Posted Jan 5, 2018
The result is a convoluted satire with so many critiques and messages, it's pointless rather than pointed.
Posted Dec 28, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
The Last Jedi is the best Star Wars film since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back because it's so much more than stars and wars. It's those stories, joys, and pains of the heroes, villains, and nobodies who lived it.
Posted Dec 14, 2017
The Disaster Artist (2017)
Why The Disaster Artist works so well is that it doesn't judge our reactions to it; the film is not in the slightest ironic or, as is fashionable these days, meta.
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Coco's heart is its ethnicity.
Posted Nov 21, 2017
Justice League (2017)
Justice League is one of those superhero films that you can't help but cheer on. Those smiles and laughs by these heroes, as it turns out, are as contagious as their frowns.
Posted Nov 16, 2017
Murder On The Orient Express (2017)
Even when the plot and pacing slow considerably in the middle of Murder on the Orient Express, during what's mainly busy work for the detective, Branagh as Poirot still makes this train trip worthwhile.
Posted Nov 9, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
The balance of humor and action has become so one-sided that Thor: Ragnarok could use a laugh track.
Posted Nov 2, 2017
In a drama and thriller that struggles to be anything more than passable, the absence of such gallows humor is sorely needed and missed. As are the Coens.
Posted Oct 27, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
As to the those big questions ... Blade Runner 2049 is conclusive about most things, but also asserts its own set of questions. And that's not a spoiler.
Posted Oct 5, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
King fought for better pay for women's professional tennis players ... Battle of the Sexes captures that zeitgeist. Just not in the way you expect.
Posted Sep 28, 2017
40 years after the film's release, the only thing that's aged is me.
Posted Sep 7, 2017
It has been a long time since a Stephen King adaptation could be called fun.
Posted Sep 7, 2017
Detroit is an important and thoughtful history reminder. And in these times of Black Lives Matter and videos of police killing black men, it feels sadly prescient.
Posted Aug 4, 2017
The Dark Tower (2017)
It's not often that a summer film is hampered by running short on time, but The Dark Tower rushes through like it's the last two hours on a Friday before a weeklong vacation and there's still packing to be done.
Posted Aug 4, 2017
It's a harrowing, moving, and minimalist epic that haunts the soul while satisfying those fleshy urges with spectacular and unforgettable action alongside an unrelenting hum of anxious intensity. It's about people, not war.
Posted Jul 21, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes triumphantly caps this Apes trilogy. Equally remarkable, it leaves you wanting more.
Posted Jul 14, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming is light, quick and never too serious, bounding with a playful sense of humor lacking in the increasingly angsty and no longer fun franchise.
Posted Jul 7, 2017
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
The fun and charm of the familiar humor and feel-good moments still haven't worn off, though the end is surely in sight.
Posted Jun 30, 2017
The Mummy (2017)
The action, as with most everything about The Mummy, is fine, rarely impressive, and never inventive.
Posted Jun 9, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017)
After her long struggle to the big screen, Wonder Woman makes the most of her first solo effort.
Posted Jun 2, 2017
Indeed, the only appreciation for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a damning one: It somehow manages to be worse than the already low expectations set for it.
Posted May 26, 2017
Snatched director Jonathan Levine (50/50) either has little faith in screenwriter Katie Dippold's (2016's Ghostbusters) final act in the script, or created a mess of his own, as the story bounces between sequences with no enthusiasm for coherence.
Posted May 12, 2017
It hurtles past at dizzying speed with a slew of new characters, soap opera-like motivations and confrontations, and goofy-ridiculous adventures, tasking audiences to keep up with it all.
Posted May 4, 2017
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
By carrying such little significance to the movie - no one watches a Fast and Furious film for its literate script - the plot can stand to be as illogical as it is under-developed.
Posted Apr 13, 2017
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The songs are still lovely. The story still timeless. And when Beauty and the Beast is good, it's joyful and fun. But even in its best moments, this remake only reminds you of why you fell in love with Disney's animated take on this tale to begin with.
Posted Mar 17, 2017
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
It may be Beauty who killed the Beast in the original King Kong, but in Kong: Skull Island it's the lackluster screenplay that takes down this not-so-great ape.
Posted Mar 10, 2017