Movie Reviews

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In theaters now: THE EMOJI MOVIE — Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and […]

In theaters now

In theaters now

In theaters now: DUNKIRK — Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. PG-13, 106 minutes GIRLS TRIP — When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides […]

In theaters now

In theaters now

In theaters now: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES — In the third installment of the Planet of the Apes prequel series — which depicts the events that led to the primates taking control of Earth — simian leader Caesar (played via motion capture by Andy Serkis) is horrified when his family are killed […]

‘Baby Driver’ a toe-tapping swerve into seriousness for director Edgar Wright

‘Baby Driver’ a toe-tapping swerve into seriousness for director Edgar Wright

There’s nothing like an epic getaway chase to kick a movie into high gear, and the first five minutes of “Baby Driver ” are pure movie magic. A driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) sits coolly in a car — black Ray-Ban style shades on his face, earbud headphones in place and a jacket that’s, fittingly, […]

Movie Review: Period piece ‘Lost City of Z’ is a mesmerizing adventure

Movie Review: Period piece ‘Lost City of Z’ is a mesmerizing adventure

Modest and majestic at once, the films of James Gray patiently burrow their way into the souls of their characters and, maybe, into you. Gray is painterly and exacting — some might say to a fault. But his movies’ revelations are complex and contradictory — full of life’s messiness — and their formal textures break […]

Movie Review: Math film ‘Gifted’ is less than the sum of its parts

Movie Review: Math film ‘Gifted’ is less than the sum of its parts

There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is “Gifted,” starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace: A brilliant and precocious, yet sweetly empathetic, young girl. A devoted and decidedly hunky father figure. And then there’s math itself, presented not as a refuge for social misfits, but as an exciting and […]

Movie Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ flawed but visually worth the watch

Movie Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ flawed but visually worth the watch

It’s amazing that a live action “Ghost in the Shell” movie was made considering that a large part of its target audience would always react to its mere existence as if it were an act of war. Of course, some of their complaints were valid. “Ghost in the Shell” should have starred an Asian actress […]

Movie Review: ‘The Belko Experiment” misses opportunities to build story

Movie Review: ‘The Belko Experiment” misses opportunities to build story

While watching “The Belko Experiment,” one question kept running through my mind, “Who would work for Belko Industries?” More specifically, how did their human resources department manage to trick 80 Americans into working for Belko Industries?” It had to come up at some point during the interview that any potential candidate would be forced to […]

Movie Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fails to reimagine 1991 hit

Movie Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fails to reimagine 1991 hit

Why does Emma Watson always look so deeply uncomfortable? On screen and off. Just watching her navigate through life summons up a mixture of fatigue and general anxiety. Not just because she approaches everything with an annoyed distance but also because she seems to carry the constant irritation of someone who has yards of fiberglass […]

Movie Review: Humans interfere with monster movie ‘Kong’

Movie Review: Humans interfere with monster movie ‘Kong’

“Hey, where are you going, there’s more King Kong,” pleaded a man in a satin Cubs jacket who kept mumbling to himself during the “Kong: Skull Island” screening I attended Friday. “Why? Does Godzilla show up after the credits or something?” “No, the man outside told me to stay and watch. They talk about Kong […]