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Baz Luhrmann's gaudy 'Elvis' is a shapeless blur of a musical biopic

Friday, June 24, 2022

Elvis' longtime manager Col. Parker plays an oversized role, but that's not this film's only problem. There may be a great movie hiding in Elvis, but it's buried under an awful lot of visual clutter.


Age is just a number in Sundance hits 'Leo Grande' and 'Cha Cha Real Smooth'

Friday, June 17, 2022

Emma Thompson stars as an older woman who hires a younger sex worker in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. Dakota Johnson is a single mother who's wooed by a recent college grad in Cha Cha Real Smooth.


'Crimes of the Future' is a dystopian thriller that cuts to the heart

Friday, June 03, 2022

David Cronenberg's film is set in a grim future where humans, having lost the ability to feel physical pain, start operating on their own bodies. This movie mixes blood and guts with great tenderness.


'Top Gun: Maverick' is ridiculous. It's also ridiculously entertaining

Monday, May 23, 2022

Tom Cruise was in his early 20s when he first played the cocky young Navy pilot with the need for speed. Now, 36 years later, he's back — and Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is as insubordinate as ever.


'Memoria' is a marvelously strange sonic detective story

Friday, May 13, 2022

Tilda Swinton plays a botanist who is haunted by a mysterious sound in an intriguing new film. Reviewer Justin Chang says Memoria's climax will leave your jaw on the floor.


Timely and urgent, 'Happening' is a film that speaks to today's abortion debate

Friday, May 06, 2022

A 23-year-old literature student discovers she's pregnant after a fling. This movie, based on Annie Ernaux's autobiographical novel, traces her desperate attempt to get an abortion in 1963 France.


'Petite Maman' is the best — and most surreal — family movie you'll see in a while

Friday, April 29, 2022

Identical twin sisters play a pair of mysterious playmates in Petite Maman, an enchanting film that achieves an emotional depth that eludes many movies twice its length.


'The Northman' is a brutal revenge story marked by violence, vengeance and vastness

Monday, April 25, 2022

Mostly set in 10th-century Iceland, The Northman tells the story of a Viking prince who sets out to avenge his father's death at the hands of his uncle — a legend that inspired Shakespeare's Hamlet.


'Nitram' is a deeply unsettling portrait of an Australian mass shooter

Friday, April 01, 2022

In 1996, a 28-year-old man went on a shooting rampage in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 people. This tense film imagines the weeks and months before the tragedy from the shooter's perspective.


There's a multiverse of roads not taken in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

Friday, March 25, 2022

Michelle Yeoh stars as a Chinese American immigrant who suddenly develops the power to leap between parallel universes in this moving and often exasperating movie.


'Deep Water' is a disjointed take on an unhappy couple's open marriage

Friday, March 18, 2022

Director Adrian Lyne made his mark in Hollywood years ago with films like Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal. Now he's back, with the story of a picture-perfect marriage marred by mind games.


'Turning Red' confronts the messiness of adolescence with refreshing honesty

Friday, March 11, 2022

In Pixar's new animated film, a Chinese Canadian girl awakens one morning to find that she's turned into an enormous panda. Turning Red provides a lot to look at — and a lot of ideas to grapple with.


Nothing feels fresh in this grim retread of 'The Batman'

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Though Robert Pattinson is terrific playing the young Bruce Wayne as the most troubled of souls, The Batman comes across as an overly familiar blockbuster, populated by recycled characters.


'Cyrano' infuses an oft-told tale with disarming sincerity and operatic passion

Friday, February 25, 2022

Peter Dinklage aches with unrequited love in this musical retelling of the famous Cyrano de Bergerac story. Cyrano isn't always the most graceful retelling, but it's hard not to admire its conviction.


Family ties are tested in 2 engrossing international films

Friday, February 18, 2022

The Belgian drama Playground unfolds at a school where 7-year-old Nora watches her brother being bullied. The Chadian film Lingui, the Sacred Bonds centers on a mother whose teen daughter is pregnant.


'Kimi' is a pandemic-era thriller that's eerily keyed into our current moment

Thursday, February 10, 2022

An agoraphobic tech worker stumbles on evidence of a possible murder in Steven Soderbergh's new film. Zoë Kravitz stars in this gripping story of technology, surveillance and isolation.


'The Worst Person in the World' takes millennial angst to an exquisite new level

Friday, February 04, 2022

At first glance, the commitment-phobic woman at the film's center may seem to embody stereotypes about people her age, but this perceptive Norwegian dramedy doesn't reduce her to those assumptions.


Strangers on a train share a bumpy ride in the Finnish film 'Compartment No. 6'

Thursday, January 20, 2022

At times, Juho Kuosmanen's film plays like a scruffier, less romantic version of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise. There's tension to every scene, a sense that anything could go wrong at any moment.


A seemingly good deed goes awry in Asghar Farhadi's gripping moral drama 'A Hero'

Friday, January 14, 2022

A media circus ensues when a man on leave from debtors' prison finds a handbag and returns it to its rightful owner. Motives are always more complicated than they appear in Asghar Farhadi's film.


This 'Macbeth' adaptation distills Shakespeare's tragedy to its furious essence

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Director Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth is a bewitching piece of craftsmanship, featuring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as the murderous power couple.