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  • 'Dunkirk' review: By land, by sea and — especially — by air

    'Dunkirk' review: By land, by sea and — especially — by air

    With a bare minimum of dialogue, and a brutal maximum of scenes depicting near-drowning situations in and around Dunkirk, France, in late May and early June 1940, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is a unique waterboarding of a film experience. Many will respond to it, primally, as a grueling dramatization...

  • 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' review: DeHaan, Cara Delevingne on a mangled quest

    'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' review: DeHaan, Cara Delevingne on a mangled quest

    Medical experts offer differing opinions, but valerian root extract is considered by many to be an effective sleep aid with the right dosage, and a powerful, dangerous sedative with the wrong one. I suspect these same two outcomes hold true for "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," writer-director...

  • 'Girls Trip' review: Raunchy but heartfelt female empowerment

    'Girls Trip' review: Raunchy but heartfelt female empowerment

    Perfecting the raunchy, randy, female-driven comedy can be a tall order. "Bridesmaids" showed it could be done, though such successes can be few and far between. "Girls Trip" proves to be the heir apparent to "Bridesmaids," a film about female friendship that nails the comedy, the boldness and...

  • 'The Bad Batch' review: Ana Lily Amirpour's 2nd effort leaves viewers wanting more

    'The Bad Batch' review: Ana Lily Amirpour's 2nd effort leaves viewers wanting more

    At a time when President Donald Trump is advocating the construction of a physical wall to protect the national purity of the American population, the science-fiction conceit of “The Bad Batch” — in which an assortment of supposed undesirables are exiled to a fenced-off desert wasteland past the...

  • 'The Hero': A showcase for underrated Sam Elliott

    'The Hero': A showcase for underrated Sam Elliott

    At the beginning of "The Hero," Lee Hayden, the aging Hollywood Western actor played by Sam Elliott, is recording a radio spot for barbecue sauce. And he's really, really good at it. "Lone Star barbecue sauce," he intones, in a deep, luxuriant drawl that sounds just like, well, Sam Elliott. "The...

  • 'War for the Planet of the Apes' review: The best Western of 2017

    'War for the Planet of the Apes' review: The best Western of 2017

    Gripping, visually assured and working far above its summer-sequel paygrade, "War for the Planet of the Apes" treats a harsh storyline with a solemnity designed to hoist the tale of Caesar, simian revolutionary — the Moses of apes — into the realm of the biblical. Not everything in director and...

  • 'Wish Upon' review: So bad it's destined for cult status

    'Wish Upon' review: So bad it's destined for cult status

    What to make of the curious, ridiculous horror-lite "Wish Upon"? This is a spooky teen story that's not particularly heavy on the scares and over-delivers on the unintentional giggles, almost ensuring it a spot as a cult movie, like the hilariously misguided "The Room," though this sports a far...

  • 'The Little Hours' review: 14th century sex comedy finds nuns on the run, in pursuit of a Franco

    'The Little Hours' review: 14th century sex comedy finds nuns on the run, in pursuit of a Franco

    Your enjoyment of "The Little Hours," opening Friday at the Music Box, will depend wholly on your response to a sex comedy that looks one way (14th century Italian folktale, affordably but attractively in period) and sounds another (21st century American deadpan; Aubrey Plaza of "Parks and Recreation"...

  • 'Maudie' review: Sally Hawkins excels while Ethan Hawke overexerts

    'Maudie' review: Sally Hawkins excels while Ethan Hawke overexerts

    Thirteen and a half feet long, 12 ½ feet wide, a tiny, brightly colored roadside house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, contained the married lives of Maud and Everett Lewis, a folk artist and a fish peddler, respectively, for 32 years. For any couple that's not much room to maneuver. In fact the...

  • 'The Big Sick' review: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan are the medicine we need now

    "The Big Sick" arrives just in time to make the summer a little funnier and more honest, and a little less loud and stupid. The movie treats the people on screen generously, and it's a romantic comedy with surprising depth of feeling, glancing on all sorts of things: race, religion, tolerance,...

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