Chris Klimek

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'Tomb Raider,' Franchise Nadir

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The film depicting the origin story of Lara Croft's raider of lost tombs "isn't awful," says critic Chris Klimek, "but its invasive, thudding mediocrity will make you wish it were."


A Good Man's Moral Compass Points South-Of-The-Border In 'Gringo'

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Though it traffics in broad stereotypes, several funny performances nearly salvage this satiric tale of a faked kidnapping, greedy executives and dim-bulb criminals.


In Harrowing 'Detroit,' Kathryn Bigelow Mixes Brutal Facts With Fiction

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A skilled director of visceral, real-world horrors, Bigelow dramatizes a 1967 incident that left 3 young black men dead at the hands of the police. The result is unflinching and effective.


Wartime Terror And Valor Thread Together In Nolan's Gripping 'Dunkirk'

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christopher Nolan's taut, suspenseful film tells three interwoven stories of a massive troop evacuation during World War II.


'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Employs Small-Scale Gorilla Tactics

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The latter-day Apes prequel trilogy concludes quietly, without cinematic chest-thumping. Critic Chris Klimek says the result is "suspenseful, mournful, grand and sensitively performed."


'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Finds Its Footing With A Less Confident Spidey

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming may be the sixth big-screen, big-budget Spider-Man movie of the 21st century, but a charming lead and a respect for the character's youth could give the franchise new, um, legs.


In 'Baby Driver,' The Action, The Script And The Music Go Full Throttle

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"This is a squealing-tires symphony that owes more to Jacques Tati ... than to Justin Lin or Michael Bay," says critic Chris Klimek.


Can 'Wonder Woman' Offer A Superhero Soundtrack That Sticks?

Saturday, June 03, 2017

As Wonder Woman makes her triumphant big-screen debut this weekend, she brings something that's been missing from years of superhero films: a memorable cue.


In 'Becoming Bond,' A Look At The Man Who Was Only 007 Once

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The new Hulu documentary Becoming Bond is all about the man who was only James Bond once: George Lazenby.


Yo-Ho-Hum: Johnny Depp Returns For More 'Pirates'

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is almost definitely the best fourth sequel ever made to a movie based on a 50-year-old theme park ride.


'Alien: Covenant' Continues To Mine Old Ground

Thursday, May 18, 2017

While Alien: Covenant is better than Prometheus, the last franchise entry, it still lacks the basic elements that made Alien and Aliens so widely admired.


Goldie Hawn And Amy Schumer Have A Non-Dream Vacation In 'Snatched'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer star in Snatched, which has plenty of flaws, but at least offers a chance to see two very funny women with lively chemistry.


'Chuck': The Boxer Who Inspired 'Rocky' Gets A Dutiful Biopic

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Critic Chris Klimek says Philippe Falardeau's film about the fall and rise of Chuck "The Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner, starring Liev Schreiber, suffers from a prosaic, just-the-facts approach.


A Gleefully Grisly 85-Minute Gunfight: 'Free Fire'

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This "agreeably amoral comic thriller" about a weapons deal gone wrong might be, according to critic Chris Klimek, "the most realistic movie gun battle ever."


'The Fate Of The Furious' Runs On Diesel Fumes

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This "bloated and listless" installment of the Furious franchise stays true to the series' "chop-shop aesthetic, in the sense that its flashiest parts are all stolen," says critic Chris Klimek.


'Life' Doesn't Quite Find A Way

Thursday, March 23, 2017

In space, no one can hear you yawn: Technically impressive but dramatically airless, this monster flick set on the International Space Station is powered by "space-movie cliches old and new."


In The Forgettable 'Kong: Skull Island,' A Great Cast, Cast Aside

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson help ensure that this mediocre creature feature is "no chore to sit through," says critic Chris Klimek.


'Logan' Is The Best At What It Does — And What It Does Is Gritty

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Critic Chris Klimek says this small-scale, sun-blasted tale of an aging Wolverine's efforts to protect a young mutant "plays like the King Lear of the X-saga."


Bill Paxton Was Film's Quintessential Game-Over Man: An Appreciation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The actor, who died last weekend, enjoyed a long and storied career that involved some of the most memorable onscreen deaths in cinema history.


'Get Out': A Terrifically Topical — And Terrifying — Satire

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Comedian Jordan Peele's debut feature as writer/director is a blisteringly smart horror film buoyed by the "shimmering, righteous anger" of its take on race, says critic Chris Klimek.