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New 'Lion King' Remake Is More Creative Dead End Than Circle Of Life

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Disney's Lion King is so realistic-looking that, paradoxically, you can't believe a moment of it. The computer-generated blockbuster feels like the world's most expensive safari-themed karaoke video.


Lots Of Love And One Big Lie — 'The Farewell' Reminds Us Time Is Short

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Awkwafina stars in Lulu Wang's funny ensemble drama about a Chinese American family and their elaborate ruse to pay respects to their matriarch — without ever letting on she has a terminal illness.


'Midsommar' Shines: A Solstice Nightmare Unfolds In Broad Daylight

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

An American couple attends a mysterious festival in the Swedish countryside in Ari Aster's new thriller. The haunting, hypnotic film will slowly seep into your nervous system.


Imagine There's No Beatles: 'Yesterday' Proves Too Clumsy For Its Clever Conceit

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The breezy rom-com is set in a world where only one man remembers the fab four. The film so takes our affection for The Beatles for granted that it never bothers to give the music a proper showcase.


To Infinity And ... Be Done: After 4 Films, Have We Finally Outgrown 'Toy Story'?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Though it's as dazzling as you'd expect from a Pixar animation, Toy Story 4 is also more ungainly than its predecessors, with coarser humor and audacious plot leaps that don't always pay off.


'Last Black Man In San Francisco' Reveals A Longing For Home In A Changing City

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jimmie Fails plays a man who continues to visit the old Victorian house he grew up in — even though his family no longer owns it — in this comic fable about the toll of gentrification.


Though Layered And Ambitious, 'Late Night' Doesn't Always Stick The Landing

Friday, June 07, 2019

Emma Thompson stars as a talk show host who hires Molly (Mindy Kaling) to join a writers room full of white men. But the film falls short in reconciling its satire with its more sentimental moments.


Elton John Biopic 'Rocketman' Is A Surprising Song-And-Dance Spectacular

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Rocketman finds ways to buck convention, even in the familiar framework of the rock biopic. The operatic excesses are balanced by a powerful sense of melancholy in this marvelous biographical musical.


'The Souvenir' Is A Piercing Portrait Of A Woman Learning To Become An Artist

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Joanna Hogg's movie, which centers on a young film student, is the first of a projected two-part drama drawing from Hogg's life. It won the top prize in Sundance's world cinema dramatic competition.


French Comedy 'Non-Fiction' Infuses Every Conversation With Seductive Pull

Monday, May 13, 2019

Writer-director Olivier Assayas has a knack for turning abstract ideas into stimulating cinema — which is exactly what he does in Non-Fiction, a modern-day talkfest centering on the Parisian elite.


'Avengers: Endgame' Is A Thrilling (If Exhausting) Journey Through Time

Thursday, April 25, 2019

As the grand finale of 22 tightly interconnected movies, Endgame brings this chapter of the saga to a stirring and resonant close. Critic Justin Chang says it's one of Marvel's better pictures.


'Long Day's Journey Into Night' Astonishes With Technical Achievement

Friday, April 19, 2019

Chinese writer-director Bi Gan's new film centers on a former casino owner haunted by the memory of a woman from his past. It features a 59-minute sequence, shot in a single take and converted to 3-D.


'Her Smell' Is A Brilliant And Blistering Portrait Of A Musician Falling Apart

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Critic Justin Chang says he couldn't tear his eyes away from Elisabeth Moss, who gives a spectacular performance as an out-of-control punk musician struggling with substance abuse.


'High Life' Is A Stunning Space Odyssey — With A Baby On Board

Friday, April 05, 2019

Claire Denis' sci-fi thriller is like no outer space movie you've seen; it opens with an astronaut caring for a baby in space — then flashes back to reveal the strange story behind their journey.


Jordan Peele's 'Us' Asks: What If The Evil That Dwells Within Took Human Form?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Peele mixes horror and hilarity in a new film about a family who runs into terrifying doppelgängers of themselves while on vacation. Critic Justin Chang says star Lupita Nyong'o carries the movie.


'Ash Is Purest White' Is A Deeply Moving Gangster Romance Spanning 17 Years

Friday, March 15, 2019

Chinese writer-director Jia Zhangke examines upheaval in modern China in his latest film, a gripping drama of crime and punishment about a woman and her gangster boyfriend.


'Captain Marvel' Falls Short Of Instilling Its Heroine With A Distinctive Personality

Friday, March 08, 2019

The first female-led superhero movie from Marvel Studios is a pleasant, sometimes bland, feature-length introduction to a character who feels more sketched-in than fully realized.


'Transit' Offers An Extraordinary Vision Of Nazi-Occupied France

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A new film by German director Christian Petzold is set in a suspended-in-time version of the present. Critic Justin Chang calls it "a piercingly sad lament for the lost and forgotten souls of Europe."


An Indigenous Community Is Drawn Into The Drug Trade In 'Birds Of Passage'

Thursday, February 14, 2019

An epic new film by Colombian director Ciro Guerra taps into the family versus business tension captured in great American mob sagas like The Godfather and The Sopranos.


'Kid Who Would Be King' Is A Delightful Riff On The Legend Of King Arthur

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Alex, played by Louis Ashbourne Serkis, is a spirited 12-year-old with a love for Arthurian lore. The movie has an affectionately retro vibe, but it's also very much in tune with its moment.