"Shattered" is a generic crazy-lady thriller that's almost charming in its lack of ambition. There's not a moment in it in which you're not pretty sure where the story is heading. This makes it a perfect movie for the cinematic dead zone of January, as comforting in its familiarity as a warming cup of cocoa.
But the picture is also a little ...Read more
OK, you've got a quintet of action chicks and you need to save the world. What do you do first?
It depends, of course -- save the world from what? After nosing around a bit, you learn that somebody somewhere has a computer drive with an algorithm on it that can bring the planet to a complete stop. Planes will fall from the sky, lights will go ...Read more
Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice Pizza" may not be a full-on coming-of-age classic; it's a little disjointed and maybe a little too long. But whenever the beaming Alana Haim is onscreen, or Bradley Cooper roars in to do some wild-card comedy damage, it's a great movie.
So, it's a special kind of drag to see this amiable film being suddenly ...Read more
How much could there possibly be to say about the new live-action "Aladdin"? It's another squeeze of the Disney property that's already yielded a phenomenally popular 1992 animated film, a pair of straight-to-video sequels (best left undiscussed), and a stage show that's been running on Broadway pretty much forever. (Well, since 2014.) I haven't...Read more
Bradley Cooper might not be anybody's first pick to star in a latter-day film noir. He seems too warm and intelligent, with an appealing smile of the sort that's unlikely ever to portend anything good in the dark noir world. However, in Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley," a stylish remake of a 1947 noir of the same title, Cooper, kitted out ...Read more
"Bohemian Rhapsody" -- which recounts the life of the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek -- is pretty wonderful in several ways, but it's also a museum of ancient biopic cliches. For example, we see the young Freddie-to-be, an immigrant kid from Zanzibar named Farrokh Bulsara, at his parents' London home, where he lives. You...Read more
Mikey Saber is a cock of the walk in the LA porn business. Or was. After 17 years, he's worn out his welcome in the skin trade and returned to his hometown of Texas City, Texas, on the dozy shore of Galveston Bay. Now in his 40s, Mikey has brought along a stock of the Viagra -- "my little magic pills" -- that had become a professional necessity ...Read more
If "The Godfather" had been played for laughs, the result might have been something like "House of Gucci." Ridley Scott, the director, presumably had a lot of chuckles left over from his previous film, "The Last Duel," which contained not a one, so he's been generous in sprinkling some merriment in here. Unfortunately, there still isn't enough ...Read more
Kids say the darnedest things. You'll be talking to one and suddenly they'll come up with something like, "Why are you alone?" or, "Why aren't you married?" And you'll have to stop and think about it while they tee up another rude inquiry. Who are these little suckers?
Director Mike Mills ("20th Century Women") offers some interesting ...Read more
The time is August of 1969; the place, a mostly Protestant neighborhood in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. There are Catholic families living here, too, but everyone gets along. Then there's an eruption of what will become the 30-year-spasm of Irish sectarian violence called The Troubles -- a struggle, roughly, between Protestant ...Read more
"Eternals" is a movie of grand sweep. The story it tells begins in Mesopotamia in 5000 B.C. and concludes in the present day. By the end of the picture's talky two and a half hours, you may feel like you've lived through those seven millennia in real time.
Marvel is surely to be congratulated for spending $200 million on a film of such ...Read more
Has anything like this ever happened to you? You move to a new town -- let's say it's London -- and no sooner do you look around than you realize you've moved to a new decade, too, one that ended long before you were born. Judging by the vintage styles (white go-go boots, vinyl raincoats) and sounds (Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark), and ...Read more
The title of Wes Anderson's new movie -- one of the sweetest and most charmingly batty of his 25-year career -- refers to a high-toned American culture magazine, not unlike The New Yorker, that is headquartered in France. Not in the too-familiar capital of Paris (where Anderson himself lives), but the cobbly cathedral town of Ennui-sur-Blase (a ...Read more