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Dazzling ‘Ghost in the Shell’ lost in translation

“I’VE been having glitches,” Scarlett Johansson’s part-human, mostly cyborg robot said in “The Ghost in the Shell.” “It will pass.” Rupert Sanders’ remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 influential anime classic, ...

April 16, 2017, Sunday

‘Gifted’ relies on movie formula

There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is “Gifted,” starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace: A brilliant and precocious yet sweetly empathetic young gir...

April 16, 2017, Sunday

What if Sally had met Gozilla?

SPANISH director Nacho Vigalondo makes funny, fantastic, Frankenstein-like films that playfully combine small-scale with big-concept. His 2011 film “Extraterrestrial” is a romantic comedy on a handful ...

April 9, 2017, Sunday

It’s all about writing about ‘the slop’

“THEIR Finest” is a movie about making a movie, specifically a glossy propaganda film meant to bolster morale in Britain in the darkest days of World War II. It is also very much a movie-movie. Good-looking, ...

April 9, 2017, Sunday

A riveting true wartime story

IN German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife managed to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish people, many of whom were detained in the Warsaw Ghetto, by ...

April 2, 2017, Sunday

‘Life’ is a mediocre science-fiction thriller

LIFE is a box of chocolates, a highway and, alas, a mediocre science-fiction thriller. In Daniel Espinosa’s “Life,” an international space station orbiting the Earth intercepts an automated capsule returning ...

April 2, 2017, Sunday

‘Logan’ Jackman goes out in style

LOGAN is not for the faint of heart — not just because of its brutal violence, but because it packs an emotional wallop you don’t typically expect from a comic-book movie. Featuring Hugh Jackman’s final ...

March 12, 2017, Sunday

RSVP ‘no’ as ‘Table 19’ fails to deliver

STILTED conversations. Empty niceties. Forced joy. That overwhelming sense that it might have been better to just stay at home in sweats. It’s that horrifying feeling you get being at a bad wedding with ...

March 12, 2017, Sunday

Byrne-backed concert doc dazzles

IN 2015, former Talking Heads front man David Byrne staged an unconventional show in which he paired up 10 contemporary musicians and performers with color guard teams — those baton and saber twirling ...

February 26, 2017, Sunday

Violence galore in ‘John Wick 2’

BEFORE you buy a ticket to see “John Wick: Chapter 2 ,” the improbably fun sequel to the implausibly good “John Wick,” you might want to ask yourself how much tolerance you have for gun shots to the head, ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday


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