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Movie Reviews

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  • 'Mistress America' review: An engaging New York story

    'Mistress America' review: An engaging New York story

    It's a 90-year-old song lyric, but Lorenz Hart's description of Manhattan (from the song "Manhattan") as a "wondrous toy" holds newfound allure for the bright young things — 21st century moderns — populating Noah Baumbach's latest chamber-screwball outing, "Mistress America."

  • 'Best of Enemies' review: Buckley, Vidal's superb war of words

    'Best of Enemies' review: Buckley, Vidal's superb war of words

    There's an excellent, juicy and sobering new documentary just out from the Oscar-winning makers of "Twenty Feet from Stardom." "Best of Enemies" shifts the paradigm of stardom from unsung female backup singers to two famous men who loathed each other and the America the other one represented, and...

  • 'Tangerine' a joyful girlfriend movie for our modern age

    'Tangerine' a joyful girlfriend movie for our modern age

    At one point in "Tangerine," a tattooed pimp named Chester recuses himself from a dispute among prostitutes arguing outside a doughnut shop by declaring, "This a ... girl thing."

  • 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' review: Trailblazing coming-of-age tale

    It is 1976, the year of harvest gold and avocado green wallpaper and cowl-neck sweaters as massive and ever-present as the TV coverage of the Patty Hearst abduction. Minnie Goetze, a San Francisco 15-year-old portrayed by the remarkable British actress Bel Powley, sits on a sofa next to the boyfriend...

  • 'No Escape' review: Melodrama and misguided politics

    'No Escape' review: Melodrama and misguided politics

    If what you're seeking in the doldrums of August is stomach-churning, eye-watering suspense, "No Escape" delivers just that, but it falls short with a tone-deaf story and extremely xenophobic worldview.

  • 'We Are Your Friends' review: A familiar tune

    'We Are Your Friends' review: A familiar tune

    "Are we ever gonna be better than this?" Cole Carter (Zac Efron) entreats his hyped, pulsating crowd. "We Are Your Friends," directed by Max Joseph, isn't quite sure of the answer to that question. But, as an audience, you wish that this promising, but generic film were better than this. "We Are...

  • 'American Ultra' review: Eisenberg, Stewart perfectly matched

    'American Ultra' review: Eisenberg, Stewart perfectly matched

    A soup spoon turns lethal in the unlikely hands of sweet and spacy stoner Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) in the violently paranoid action comedy "American Ultra." Mike's a lot like the spoon — harmless unless deployed in the right way — because he used to be a particularly effective "asset" at the CIA,...

  • 'Hitman: Agent 47' review: Rogue assassin tale shoots and misses

    If you see one movie about governmentally modified assassins this weekend, don't make it "Hitman: Agent 47." "American Ultra" is the far superior take on the unknowing superspy, because it takes itself far less seriously and can actually poke fun at the genre. "Hitman: Agent 47" was just never...

  • 'Sinister 2' review: Spooky, goofy tale

    'Sinister 2' review: Spooky, goofy tale

    Horror sequel "Sinister 2" is a very strange movie. Of course, it's a horror film, so strange, ghostly, and sinister events are expected. Yet this is a horror film that doesn't quite know what it is. You can't tell if the filmmakers (director Ciarán Foy and screenwriters Scott Derrickson and C....

  • 'Walt Before Mickey' presents young Disney

    'Walt Before Mickey' presents young Disney

    "Walt Before Mickey" tells the story of how Walt Disney struggled and failed before finding success with Mickey Mouse.

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