“Hidden Figures” details a little known, but vitally important part of American history. It’s a good-hearted look at a time of great change both in American cultural shifts in the space race and in terms of race.
'La La Land' reinvents the traditional big screen musical by playing it straight, writes movie critic Richard Crouse. The original songs and new story feel like something Gene Kelly would approve of but not quite recognize as the form he helped perfect in Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Like 'Every Breath You Take,' the wedding band standard Police tune from 1983, the new film 'Passengers,' depending on your point of view, is either an ode to romantic love or the story of an obsessed stalker.
Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman appeared in the edgy 'Horrible Bosses' films so you’d expect their new movie, 'Office Christmas Party' to be holiday fare more naughty than nice. But you’d be wrong. Their latest suffers from not being too vulgar, but from being not vulgar enough.
Five years after Harry Potter last displayed his wizarding ways on the big screen, J.K. Rowling is back with another adventure. The new film is a Potter prequel following the adventures of Newt Scamander, author of the textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (which also happens to be the name of this movie).
In 'Arrival,' a new humanistic sci-fi film from future 'Blade Runner' director Denis Villeneuve, Amy Adams plays a woman who sees life on a fractured timeline, like a Tarantino movie where the beginning is the end and the end is the start.
'The Accountant' doesn’t add anything to the conversation about autism or how people on the spectrum really lead their lives, but despite long-winded explanations, flashbacks and story swerves, it’s a tautly told story that satisfies as a thriller.
'Girl on the Train' has some elegant moments, and aspires to be an art house thriller/morality tale—no action, lots of internal dialogue—but to properly tell the story of infidelity and murder, it should have embraced its down-and-dirty summertime beach reading origins.
'The Light Between Oceans' is a deeply romantic film about choosing between love and doing the right thing. Based on an acclaimed and bestselling book by M. L. Stedman, the film plays like a highbrow Nicolas Sparks story in period clothes.
Half-lit hallways and gloomy basements are standard backdrops for spooky stories. 'Don’t Breathe' makes good use of them, playing on our primal fear of the dark in a topsy-turvy home invasion story that sees the invaders terrorized by the man who was meant to be their victim.
In 'War Dogs,' the new film from 'The Hangover' director Todd Phillips, war profiteer David Packouz (Miles Teller) describes how arms dealers think. We see a soldier in battle, he sees $17,500, the cost of outfitting G.I. Joe with weapons and gear.
The main attractions in 'Hell or High Water' are the Fast Cash and Debt Relief signs that dot the West Texas landscape. They’re the reason we’re here and the engine that propels this story of outlaws, buddies and banks.
Based on the DC comic of the same name, the Suicide Squad a.k.a. Task Force X, is a ragtag team of death row villains sprung from jail by a secret government agency run by ruthless bureaucrat Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).
'Jason Bourne,' the first Matt Damon-led film in the series in nine years, proves that actions speak louder than words. Damon speaks a mere twenty-five lines of dialogue as he kicks, punches and crash-boom-bangs his way through this spy thriller, letting the action do the talking.
At the beginning of “Star Trek Beyond,” James Tiberius Kirk’s (Chris Pine) life on board the USS Enterprise has become a grind. Sure, Sulu (John Cho) is gay and Ambassador Spock is dead, but Kirk is three years into a five-year mission and he is personally lost in space, trying to find meaning in his mission.
Based on Swedish director David F. Sandberg’s acclaimed short film of the same name, 'Lights Out' stars Teresa Palmer as Rebecca, a young woman who left home at a young age, disturbed by visions and her mother Sophie's (Maria Bello) behaviour.
'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,' based on the popular British TV show about best friends bonded by a shared enthusiasm for heavy drinking and drug abuse, is true to form in that it is less a movie than it is an excuse for some sitcom nostalgia.