Lights Out
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Star Trek Beyond

‘If I didn’t love him, who would?’ Star Stephen Lang on the Method, and Madness, of ‘Don’t Breathe’ Character

‘If I didn’t love him, who would?’ Star Stephen Lang on the Method, and Madness, of ‘Don’t Breathe’ Character 

As a disabled, Detroit Army vet beset upon by a trio of young burglars in Don’t Breathe, star Stephen Lang gives a maniacal performance, deftly balancing the physical with the cerebral. In the visceral thriller directed by Fede Alvarez (The Evil Dead), a reclusive Lang nurses scars of loss while sitting on a pile of […]

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Seriously, Funny: Simon Helberg on Endearing Lunacy of Breakout Florence Foster Jenkins Performance

Seriously, Funny: Simon Helberg on Endearing Lunacy of Breakout Florence Foster Jenkins Performance 

The idea of playing Meryl Streep’s right-hand man in any movie must be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you get to work with the best; the other, try not to be eclipsed when she gives a performance as wonderful as her comically tone-deaf songstress in Stephen Frears’ lovely new Florence Foster […]

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Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon Chart Loss of Innocence, American Promise in Powerful Indignation

Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon Chart Loss of Innocence, American Promise in Powerful Indignation 

Young stars Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon create a palpable, doomed love in James Schamus’ superb screen adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 novel Indignation, and when I sat down with them recently in a bustling Chicago restaurant, they pretty much put me into the same g-force freefall we feel for them in the film. We […]

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Lights Out

Lights Out 

* * 1/2 The modestly creepy Lights Out is a sometimes-effective horror picture with two things going for it—the introduction of an intriguing movie villain and a terrific performance from Mario Bello as a distraught widow being manipulated by a vengeful entity.  In a movie all about one thing—our fear of the dark—director David Sandberg […]

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie 

* * * Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, is sheer lunacy and exactly what fans of the early 90s BBC series are looking for in a movie update—creator and star Jennifer Saunders and co-star Joanna Lumley returning to their boozy, cynical, iconic glory. And that’s about it. It is a movie comedy anomaly, not simply because […]

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Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond 

* * 1/2 The new Star Trek picture not so boldly goes where the franchise has gone, several times, before. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond is one great looking movie that manages to be sometimes fun, even as star Simon Pegg and Doug Jung’s screenplay stays […]

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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters 

* * * Arriving sight unseen on a wave of very bad will courtesy of fanboy trolls all riled up after a lackluster trailer earlier this summer, Paul Feig’s very clever Ghostbusters reboot should shut them down and satisfy anyone looking for a fluffy piece of summer escape with a lot of laughs, a healthy […]

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Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic 

* * * 1/2 Captain Fantastic, one of the year’s best movies, is also one of its most affecting. Written and directed by Matt Ross, Viggo Mortensen stars as the patriarch of a counterculture family living “off the grid” in the Pacific Northwest.  In telling a story about their isolated family dynamic amidst tall pine […]

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The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year 

* * * 1/2 A welcome surprise, The Purge: Election Year is a smart horror film informed by a sociopolitical context that gives it unexpected relevance. The third in the near-future series about the maintenance of social order via an annual, government-sanctioned crime spree, the new film strives—and largely succeeds—to present a recognizable class warfare […]

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The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan 

* * The only truly exciting thing in Peter Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan is the sight of Alexander Skarsgard showing off his buff physique. Regardless of the viewer’s orientation, the impossibly good looking star’s clothing-challenged torso goes a long way in this stolidly square and uninvolving movie. But not quite far enough.  The Legend […]

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