Movie reviews: 'Justice League,' 'Wonder' and more

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  • 'Justice League' review: Superheroes? More like super zeroes

    'Justice League' review: Superheroes? More like super zeroes

    It's been a long, hard road to "Justice League." Director Zack Snyder, who helmed the latest iterations of Batman and Superman in "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," stepped away for personal reasons during post-production. "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon came in to finish...

  • 'Lady Bird' review: Saoirse Ronan in enchanting coming-of-age tale

    'Lady Bird' review: Saoirse Ronan in enchanting coming-of-age tale

    Already, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” is contending with praise it can’t possibly live up to, and it’s a disservice to mislead anybody about its particular, disarming interplay of comedy and drama, which does not go for the throat. But it’s not too strong a word: Most people who’ve...

  • 'Wonder' review: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay show the importance of being kind, empathetic

    'Wonder' review: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay show the importance of being kind, empathetic

    "Wonder" is the kind of movie that should be shown to young and old as a life lesson about how to deal with people who appear to be different. It has a wonderful message about tolerance, acceptance, understanding and respect. There's no guarantee the message would register with all moviegoers,...

  • 'Star' review: Story of Jesus' birth doesn't shine quite bright enough

    'Star' review: Story of Jesus' birth doesn't shine quite bright enough

    An animated fable about the first Christmas, "The Star" reimagines the Nativity story from the perspective of an animal — actually, an entire menagerie of comical Holy Land critters, led by a miniature donkey, who become key supporting players in the tale. Among the production companies involved...

  • 'Killing of a Sacred Deer': Colin Farrell stars as a doctor plagued by dilemma

    'Killing of a Sacred Deer': Colin Farrell stars as a doctor plagued by dilemma

    With his fifth feature, and his first shot in America, the Greek writer-director-absurdist Yorgos Lanthimos has reached the intersection of tremendous skill and vague frustration. There’s nothing vague about the narrative of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Its strangeness is crystal clear. It plays...

  • 'Murder on the Orient Express' review: A mystery train, 13 suspects long

    'Murder on the Orient Express' review: A mystery train, 13 suspects long

    The new version of “Murder on the Orient Express” is a film about a mustache. This culprit boasts the fiendish ability to steal focus from whatever and whomever it’s up against, every time director and star Kenneth Branagh confronts a suspect as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. A horizontal wonder,...

  • 'Daddy's Home 2' review: At Christmastime, double the fun with dads

    'Daddy's Home 2' review: At Christmastime, double the fun with dads

    "Daddy's Home 2" just might have to meet "A Bad Moms Christmas" outside in the parking lot to rumble over this turf war. Both films are seasonal romps about intergenerational love, acceptance and different parenting styles, but "Daddy's Home 2" slightly gets the edge. The surreal and silly sequel...

  • 'Wonderstruck' review: Seeing is believing this beguiling riddle set in two eras in NYC

    'Wonderstruck' review: Seeing is believing this beguiling riddle set in two eras in NYC

    Worlds collide in unusually gentle fashion in “Wonderstruck,” director Todd Haynes’ film version of the lavishly illustrated 2011 Brian Selznick best-seller — a book for introspective puzzle fans of all ages. I enjoyed Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” an adaptation of Selznick’s “The Invention of Hugo...

  • 'Thor: Ragnarok' review: Marvel realm goes for the yuks

    'Thor: Ragnarok' review: Marvel realm goes for the yuks

    As part of its generally welcome comic strategy, “Thor: Ragnarok” heckles itself for two hours and 10 minutes and lets Jeff Goldblum, skittering around as master of the death-match revels on the planet Sakaar, get away with murder. Nobody else in the known universe works on Goldblum’s wavelength....

  • 'A Bad Moms Christmas' review: The three wise women return

    'A Bad Moms Christmas' review: The three wise women return

    A movie can be unreasonably formulaic and still be reasonably diverting, and “A Bad Moms Christmas” is the proof. Some sequels take time to come together. This one took a mere 15 months to reunite Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and the extraordinarily valuable Kathryn Hahn as the suburban Chicago pals...

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