Forget the bullets in the face, the hatchet in the head, the kill teams and katana masters and the 7-foot-tall goon lurking among the stacks in the New York Public Library. These are everyday annoyances in the urban jungle of stylish mayhem through which our man John Wick moves. In his third big-screen kill-a-thon, Wick -- Keanu Reeves, as ...Read more
You know you're watching a different kind of Shakespeare movie when it begins with the great man's London theatre, the Globe, burning down in 1613. A standard biopic might have ended there, or likely earlier. But Kenneth Branagh, the director and star of "All Is True," uses that conflagration to launch a moving, minor-key account of the last ...Read more
Maybe you've never thought of umbrellas as deadly weapons. I never did. But take a look at the ones in the new Zhang Yimou movie "Shadow," in which the usual rib-and-cloth umbrella assembly has been replaced with a canopy of long razory knives. At first I thought Zhang had to be making these babies up, but the internet tells me he wasn't, ...Read more
Rounding the bend into hour three of "Avengers: Endgame," I heard a snurfling sound to my right. A discreet peek revealed that the guy next to me was semi-weeping, blotting away the odd tear with his shirt sleeve. Jeez, I thought. And then I realized...
Never mind. This is a superhero movie that delivers all the requisite action (and, unlike ...Read more
Let's say it's 2013 and you're Rick Scott, multimillionaire governor of Florida and evangelical Christian, and you're trying to force the introduction of prayer into the state's public schools. One day, a gaggle of supporters shows up on the steps of the statehouse. Oddly, they're wearing black hooded robes and their leader has a pair of fake ...Read more
"High Life" is the sort of Euro art movie that susceptible critics are inclined to describe as "challenging," intending both a compliment and a recommendation. Your mileage may vary.
The picture is a maiden voyage into science-fiction and English-language dialogue by the revered French director Claire Denis, whose 45-year career has produced ...Read more
Those of moderately advanced years may remember what a thrill it was, back in 1993, to encounter "The X-Files" for the first time. To see a prime-time TV show rooted in semi-disreputable genres -- sci-fi and horror --- that took them seriously enough to bring real money and craft to bear on their revival. Everything about "The X-Files," from its...Read more
Jordan Peele's "Us" is a very scary movie that doesn't add up, which is too bad. Peele's uber-nerd cinephilia -- the clever echoes of such horror-canon treasures as Don Siegel's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," George Romero's "Day of the Dead," Michael Haneke's "Funny Games," and on and on -- are nonstop fun ...Read more
Looking back, it's puzzling that more people didn't wise up to Elizabeth Holmes more quickly. The Stanford dropout who claimed to have invented a revolutionary medical technology that she was somehow never able to demonstrate to anyone was a bizarre person. As a rare top tech woman who idolized Steve Jobs, she spoke in a weird baritone voice ...Read more
The world would be a less stressful place, or at least a less silly one, if clueless people would stop checking into creaky old houses on the edges of dark, forbidding forests -- especially an unstable young mom accompanied by her small son. And extra especially if this mom can encounter a crazy old lady who shuffles up to her and her son and ...Read more