Chris Klimek

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'Ad Astra' Soars

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Distance — both interplanetary and emotional — is the subject of James Gray's "stirring sci-fi epic" that stars Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones.


Mawkish 'Blinded By The Light' Wears Its Too-Hungry Heart On Its Sleeve

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Film critic/Springsteen superfan Chris Klimek says Gurinder Chadha's film about a British-Pakistani kid who finds inspiration in The Boss's music is affected and cloying.


Better Stunts & Actors, Just As Derivative: 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw'

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The "genial flexfest" of a spinoff is the "most agreeable" of the franchise, which once again slickly repackages set pieces from other, better, more innovative action films.


Tarantino's Turned-On, Tuned-In Tinseltown: 'Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood'

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Call it peak Tarantino: The writer/director's ninth film — about a Manson-family-adjacent actor and his stuntman — is an ode to the grimy, neon-lit place and time that shaped him.


Collateral, Damaged: 'Stuber' Is A Tired Retread

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The latest summer action-comedy to attempt to satirize summer action-comedies by upping the violence, Stuber wastes its two charismatic leads in an unfunny riff on 2004's Collateral.


'Spider-Man: Far From Home,' But Still On Familiar Ground

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A charming cast, some fun twists, and the usual third-act bloat; Avengers may be over, but this "bright and buoyant" spider-sequel doesn't give you a chance to forget the Marvel formula.


In 'Shaft,' The Sex Machine Grinds Its Gears

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The sequel to the sequel to the classic 1971 blaxploitation film is fueled by gay-panic jokes and poorly staged, violence-is-the-answer set pieces.


You Won't Get Much Fire From 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters'

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The sequel to the 2014 Godzilla finds two scientists and a bunch of monsters stranded in an undercooked story about an underdeveloped monster.


There Is No Spoon, But There's Plenty of Knives In 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum'

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The third installment of the Keanu-as-super-assassin series triples down on the gorgeously staged violence, but little things like his character's motivation get hopelessly muddled.


Blockbuster Films Keep Getting Longer; How And Why Did We Get Here?

Friday, April 26, 2019

Critic Chris Klimek crunches the numbers to examine how and why blockbuster films like Avengers: Endgame grew to such great, bladder-busting lengths.


'Hellboy': Hell, No

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Comics creator Mike Mignola's gruff demon-hero gets a hard-R reboot that swaps out the charm of director Guillermo del Toro's previous iterations and replaces it with "chaotic, repetitive" gore.


'Dumbo': Elephants Never Forget, But Audiences Will

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tim Burton's take on the classic Disney animated feature does what it sets out to do in a kid-friendly, safe and unsurprising way devoid of the director's onetime idiosyncratic flair.


Teenage Wasteland: 'Alita: Battle Angel' Doesn't Quite Earn Its Wings

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Despite a surfeit of impressive talent behind and before the camera, and solid set-pieces, Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of a popular manga about a deadly teenage-ish robot feels thin, and dated.


Gina Rodriguez Kicks Butt And Takes Nombres In 'Miss Bala'

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Miss Bala invites comparisons to other, more effective films with similar butt-kicking protagonists, but as compelling, well-acted genre filmmaking, it succeeds.


'Serenity' Is All Wet. Literally.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A perpetually sodden Matthew McConaughey plays a fishing-charter captain drawn into a murder plot in this soapy, dopey tale that turns into an unconvincing fish story.


'They Shall Not Grow Old': World War I Brought To Astonishing, Harrowing Life

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Peter Jackson's documentary, featuring expertly restored archival footage from the first World War, is "astonishing"; his "digital tools summon empathy, not spectacle."


'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' Celebrates Inclusion

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The animated film argues that movies are better if you open them up to everyone. The movie says, "Anyone can wear the mask," and indeed, multiple characters do, including Miles Morales, the first Afro-Latino Spidey.


Well-Versed: 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' Is A Fun, Warm-Hearted Treat

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Many Spider-Men and -Women meet up in this "graphically dazzling, generously imaginative, nakedly optimistic, mercilessly funny" and refreshingly inclusive animated film.


Ricky Jay Remembered, From The Wings: An Assistant's Thoughts On The Late Magician

Friday, November 30, 2018

Critic Chris Klimek offers a remembrance of the late illusionist, author and actor Ricky Jay, for whom he worked as a personal assistant over a decade ago.


'Creed II' Isn't In The Same Weight Class As 'Creed,' But It's Got Heart

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The sequel to 2015's winning overhaul of the venerable Rocky franchise is "is a more listless and ordinary film than Creed by any measure, but still a rewarding one."