Hacksaw Ridge
Moonlight
Arrival
Hailee Steinfeld on The Edge of Seventeen and Big Hollywood Career

Hailee Steinfeld on The Edge of Seventeen and Brink of Big Hollywood Career

Hailee Steinfeld on The Edge of Seventeen and Brink of Big Hollywood Career 

Full disclosure—movie and pop star Hailee Steinfeld makes me feel like a teenage girl in all the best ways, not least because she can turn a pop song inside out with fully felt vocals and a music video persona sincere enough to let you know she means it. She does the same in the movies, […]

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Arrival

Arrival 

* * * * Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguistics professor called upon to decipher the language of an alien race, is a science fiction film filled with heady ideas, emotional currents and a sense of discovery that engages both the brain and heart as it eventually gets at something profound about the human […]

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Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge 

* * * 1/2 They don’t make them like they used to, except when they do. Hacksaw Ridge is one of the year’s best-constructed, most passionate movies, a true story of uncommon bravery both on and off the World War II battlefield, one of a conscientious objector who nonetheless enlisted and faced persecution from fellow soldiers […]

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The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans 

* * The Light Between Oceans is the sort of bad movie only really talented people can make—pedigreed, mounted with conviction and an earnest to a fault. Unfortunately, it is also a mawkish soap opera with little in the way of real substance, and one that puts the audience three steps ahead of the characters […]

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‘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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