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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

If I told you that Wonder Woman was the best entry in the fledgling DC Extended Universe, you’d probably believe me. Not like that’s such a Read More

The Big Sick

The Big Sick

The Rom Com. At one time, it was labeled the “Chick Flick,” a movie made specifically for the female demo while avoid all the problems the Read More

Certain Women

Certain Women

A train rumbles through the Montana countryside, billowing smoke and blowing its horn. Back in town, a friendly radio deejay reminds residents to make sure the Read More

The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy (2017)

The “Dark Universe” has begun with a big dud. The Mummy, the first building block in Universal’s new cinematic world inhabited by the studio’s classic movie Read More

Rough Night

Rough Night

Rough Night is the first actually-funny comedy of the summer, but that’s not even its defining achievement. It is also the most gleefully transgressive comedy in Read More

Baywatch

Baywatch

Raucous comedies are typically the transgressive lifeblood of the summer movie season, offering anarchic laughs as much-needed counterprogramming to the onslaught of effects-laden franchise entries. If Read More

Dean

Dean

Stand-up comedy, by its very nature, is a self-involved activity, requiring the type of personality that doesn’t always translate well to narrative film. I’m thinking specifically Read More

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

With 2012’s Prometheus Ridley Scott returned to a franchise he began, shifting the focus from alien-wrought (with the help of corporate greed) carnage to more contemplative Read More

Snatched

Snatched

Snatched is only able to ride the chemistry of its leads so far. The back-and-forth between Amy Schumer’s self-absorbed slacker and Goldie Hawn as her suburban Read More

Wakefield

Wakefield

Bryan Cranston is no stranger to inhabiting formidable lead characters – there’s LBJ and, of course, the inimitable Walter White – so he’s in familiar territory Read More

The Lovers

The Lovers

The Lovers is what happens when interesting filmmakers have interesting ideas that actually make no sense in reality. It takes an intriguing premise and then strains Read More

Colossal

Colossal

Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal is an unconventional, and extremely enjoyable, monster movie that explores the self-destruction and collateral damage caused by a broken individual. The fact that Read More

Free Fire

Free Fire

Two groups of unscrupulous characters convene in an abandoned factory for an arms deal. What could possibly go wrong? A lot, and in Ben Wheatley’s Free Read More

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is simultaneously grand and bland. The large-scale monster mayhem is technically dazzling, but the lack of convincing purpose for the human characters leaves Read More

The Promise

The Promise

Maybe there needs to be some promises made before filming well-intentioned dramatizations of historic atrocities. Like not filling the screenplay with a string of significant events Read More

The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious

The questionable logic of the Fast and Furious franchise has been imbued with a silliness, intentional or not, that’s made the movies at least somewhat endearing. Read More

Song to Song

Song to Song

Of the films in Terrence Malick’s uncharacteristically productive post-Tree of Life period, Song to Song is the best and most accessible. That doesn’t mean it’s a Read More