Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" feels worn and lived in - in a good way - with a world of musty vintage tomes and bar-room desperation given emotional life through McCarthy and a super supporting turn from Richard E. Grant.
Posted Oct 17, 2018
Beautiful Boy (2018)
While the sometimes confusing non-linear narrative keeps the whole package from coming together, the first-rate acting more than makes up for it in the film based on the true experiences of David and Nic Sheff.
Posted Oct 9, 2018
First Man (2018)
Foy is key to Gosling's performance working and a linchpin for the movie's overall success.
Posted Oct 8, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018)
"Hate" brings up vital discussions for a society wrestling with a lack of empathy, understanding and tolerance. They're raising their voices with a cinematic megaphone, and it's our turn to listen.
Posted Oct 2, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018)
With their phenomenal "A Star Is Born," Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper upend expectations and spectacularly freshen up a stock Hollywood story.
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Night School (2018)
Mostly predictable (though with a few pleasant swerves) and boasting a narrative that could be a lot tighter, "Night School" surprises by being an unexpectedly empathetic look at learning disabilities.
Posted Sep 26, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
If this is truly it in a cinema life well-lived, "Old Man" couldn't be a more perfect adieu...
Posted Sep 26, 2018
Black has turned himself into a family-friendly joy who's really fun to watch, and Blanchett complements him as both friend and paternal figure for Lewis.
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Life Itself (2018)
A stuffed turkey that wastes most of its noteworthy ingredients...
Posted Sep 19, 2018
A new coat of paint, even on a storied house of horrors such as "Halloween," can do wonders.
Posted Sep 18, 2018
70th Emmy Awards (2018)
"Weekend Update" hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che's opening monologue was about as shaky and uneven as their "SNL" banter.
Posted Sep 17, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018)
"White Boy Rick" works better as a working-class father/son drama than a cautionary tale about the American judicial system, though it never comes together satisfactorily as either.
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Predator (2018)
Every insightful storytelling choice is met with a head-scratching one.
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Nun (2018)
A mix of slow-burn religious mystery and old-school adventure that egregiously fails to utilize its greatest hit: Bonnie Aarons' terrifyingly freaky villainess of the cloth.
Posted Sep 6, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018)
Hardcore puppet sex and four-letter words that would make Big Bird blush sound like a googly-eyed good time until you're faced with 90 unfunny minutes of it.
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
A shining, redefining example of what the romantic-comedy genre can do best: It's breezy and hilarious yet offers enough heartfelt gravitas to give the feel-good date movie needed emotional heft.
Posted Aug 13, 2018
"BlacKkKlansman" is a sobering, affecting commentary on right now, yet it's also a thrilling celebration of real brotherhood - and not one of hate.
Posted Aug 7, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018)
There's no end to the schmaltz in Winnie the Pooh's honey pot, yet Disney's live-action Christopher Robin also tosses in enough charm and tomfoolery for a sufficiently delightful hang with the iconic bear.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Grey Gardens (2009)
In the right hands, there's a nobility in unfettered eccentricity.
Posted Jul 24, 2018
With its combination of spycraft, intrigue and insane physicality, "Fallout" again proves "Mission: Impossible" is the gold standard for international action-adventure and that Cruise is this generation's James Bond.
Posted Jul 24, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
That old ABBA magic can make even a middling movie that much better. Whether it's "Mamma Mia" or something more obscure, my my, how can I resist you.
Posted Jul 18, 2018
Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (2018)
Wong uses her body and her subject matter to challenge you, but Wolf pushes the limits in every joke with a distinctive, high-pitched voice that is easy to hate. It's a cloying screech that she acknowledges sure, but it never goes away.
Posted Jul 17, 2018
Between the goofy humor, Adam Sandler's hallmark gibberish and an unfortunate return of the Macarena, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" houses an unexpectedly affecting story of modern love with a creaky vampire dad.
Posted Jul 11, 2018
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)
Storytelling is important to Gadsby, and the biggest point she makes in the special is that we've been telling ourselves stories the wrong way.
Posted Jul 6, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Once Cassius starts using his very Caucasian vocals, he becomes the office wunderkind.
Posted Jul 3, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
While "Sicario" didn't exactly beg to be a film franchise, "Soldado" proves it'll go as long as Brolin and Del Toro can stay corrupt and captivating.
Posted Jun 28, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
While Ant-Man's technically "the star," this is most definitely the Wasp's movie to own, and the smirking, enjoyably no-nonsense role fits Lilly well.
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Bayona knows why audiences flock to a "Jurassic" movie and the best thing he does is create a strong empathy for the exquisitely detailed computer-generated dinos.
Posted Jun 20, 2018
A bizarrely watchable and often funny confluence of thug life and B-movie campiness.
Posted Jun 12, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018)
The animation is stellar and detailed in excellent action sequences, Michael Giacchino's score swings harder than ever, and the first film's family-friendly warmth is just as appealing now as it was then.
Posted Jun 11, 2018
A visceral experience so deeply unsettling that you don't feel right afterward. Dirty, even. So unclean that a church visit wouldn't be out of the question.
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018)
Bullock and Co. are a pack of devious treasures who can ransack our shindig anytime.
Posted Jun 5, 2018
The Tale (2018)
Fox and Dern hope The Tale will empower more people to not only share their own experiences with sexual abuse, but speak up when they witness it happening to others.
Posted May 22, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
While Solo is a Star Wars movie that gambles on not really being a "Star Wars movie," it's a winning chapter that only sparingly (though intriguingly) shows its hand in connecting to the bigger universe.
Posted May 15, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Where it surprises - and why it works so well - is how it balances an actually touching undercurrent alongside superhero subversiveness.
Posted May 14, 2018
Life of the Party (2018)
The college comedy is a frequent rite of passage for actors, from Rodney Dangerfield to Ryan Reynolds, with some some honest-to-goodness classics in those hallowed halls. But not so much Melissa McCarthy's hopelessly derivative entry into the canon.
Posted May 10, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Marvel has pulled off all sorts of cinematic flavors in its 10-year legacy, from heist films and political thrillers to space operas and fantasy epics. Now it boasts a full-fledged Shakespearean tragedy.
Posted Apr 24, 2018
I Feel Pretty (2018)
There's a definite satisfaction watching supermodel types squirm when they can't derail Renee's cheery blind confidence, and her courtship with Ethan is a riot of mixed messages and bikini contests.
Posted Apr 18, 2018
While surprisingly dark and a smidgen too earnest at times, Rampage wraps silly spectacle around its emotional core: a bromance between man and beast.
Posted Apr 11, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018)
Forget "Get out!" and "Don't go in there!" Creepy new fright fest A Quiet Place amps its fear with a simple "Shhh."
Posted Apr 5, 2018
Ready Player One (2018)
Ready Player One's an entertaining nostalgia trip that wears its influences proudly but throws them at such dizzying force that sometimes you feel like you're buried under Chuck E. Cheese tokens.
Posted Mar 27, 2018
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
Big, dumb and very loud action movies aren't just for the Transformers franchise anymore.
Posted Mar 21, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Wes Anderson's unabashedly quirky, quasi-dystopian Isle of Dogs is a pleasing rub to our collective bellies.
Posted Mar 19, 2018
Love, Simon (2018)
Young and old, jocks and nerds, geeks and freaks, and everyone in between should be able to find something to adore in Love, Simon.
Posted Mar 15, 2018
Tomb Raider (2018)
Alicia Vikander worked herself into hardbody shape for Tomb Raider, which by contrast is a flabby, lazy mess.
Posted Mar 14, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
The power of love can only do so much in Disney's misbegotten A Wrinkle in Time...across the board, this disappointing Time will cause more than a little wrinkling of the forehead in frustration.
Posted Mar 7, 2018
Red Sparrow (2018)
With Cold War tensions arising again in real life, Red Sparrow feels of this time in a cool way, but only Lawrence's spy is memorable in this so-so operation.
Posted Mar 1, 2018
On one hand, it's a brainy take on horror tropes, and on the other an empowering female-led mystery with an underlying roller coaster of weird leaving nightmares in its wake.
Posted Feb 21, 2018
Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)