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  • 'Friend Request' review: Serial killer offs college students through social media

    'Friend Request' review: Serial killer offs college students through social media

    The Facebook-themed horror movie "Friend Request" spooks its way into theaters this weekend, hoping to turn up audiences who are ready for autumn temperatures, Halloween and things that go bump in the night. Shockingly, "Friend Request" delivers. This scare-fest is so gloriously dumb that it is...

  • 'Kingsman: Golden Circle' review: James Bond for idiots

    'Kingsman: Golden Circle' review: James Bond for idiots

    “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” offers everything — several bored Oscar winners, two scenes featuring death by meat grinder, Elton John mugging in close-up — except a good time. It’s a tiny bit more bizarre and depraved than the 2014 “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and I watched it (which I don’t...

  • 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' review: Weak story knocks franchise down a peg

    'The Lego Ninjago Movie' review: Weak story knocks franchise down a peg

    If you're of a certain age and childless, it's entirely possible you haven't the foggiest idea what a "Ninjago" — of the latest Lego movie — might be. Apparently it is both a show and a toy, but that's as far as I got into the Wikipedia article. With the wild success of both "The Lego Movie" and...

  • 'Stronger' review: Jake Gyllenhaal leads a higher grade of inspirational true-life drama

    'Stronger' review: Jake Gyllenhaal leads a higher grade of inspirational true-life drama

    “Stronger” is a movie you need to see, no matter how much you think you don’t need to see it. A less effective version of the same fact-based story, even with the same actors doing the same excellent work — it’s Jake Gyllenhaal’s finest, truest two hours on film — might creak and groan with “inspirational...

  • 'Menashe': A Brooklyn tale of father, son and community

    'Menashe': A Brooklyn tale of father, son and community

    “Menashe” marks the feature debut of documentary-trained director Joshua Z. Weinstein, who shot his movie, partially under wraps across a two-year period, in the Hasidim community of Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Borough Park district. The film’s in Yiddish and some English, with English subtitles. Weinstein,...

  • 'American Assassin' review: Grief therapy, black ops division

    'American Assassin' review: Grief therapy, black ops division

    Slick and more than a little repellent, “American Assassin” packages terrorism, and how to deal with it, the way American audiences seem to want it these days, with the America-first branding right there in the title for patriotic assurance. It’s an adaptation of the 2010 Vince Flynn novel, one...

  • 'Mother!' review: Trouble in paradise, starring Jennifer Lawrence

    'Mother!' review: Trouble in paradise, starring Jennifer Lawrence

    A movie for the difficult domestic partner in all of us, “Mother!” will surely blow some people’s minds while alienating a healthy share of moviegoers just for sport, the way the hit of the moment, “It,” wouldn’t be caught dead trying. Paramount Pictures can try to make “Mother!” look like a straight-up...

  • 'It' review: Stand by me, and we'll deal with this clown

    'It' review: Stand by me, and we'll deal with this clown

    The slick, numbingly relentless new film version of “It,” adapted from the 1986 Stephen King best-seller and a lot rougher than the 1990 TV miniseries, gets a few things right, in flashes of imagery and in the performances. The opening scene is brutally effective, depicting the little Derry, Maine,...

  • 'Home Again' review: Reese Witherspoon gets her groove back with the help of three young boarders

    'Home Again' review: Reese Witherspoon gets her groove back with the help of three young boarders

    The name "Meyers" has come to signify a very specific type of film in Hollywood — the shiny, gentle, comforting and aspirational romantic family comedies that writer/director Nancy Meyers has perfected ("Something's Gotta Give," "The Holiday," "It's Complicated"). Her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer,...

  • 'Crown Heights' review: An innocent man's ordeal, and redemption

    'Crown Heights' review: An innocent man's ordeal, and redemption

    “The truth is going to come out.” From friends and supporters on the outside, the wrongfully incarcerated Trinidadian immigrant at the center of the new film “Crown Heights” hears this line, and variations, like a drumbeat, throughout the years of his life behind bars. Sometimes he believes it;...

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