Welsh director Prano Bailey-Bond probably didn't have a lot of money to make her first feature, but that could have worked in her favor. "Censor" tells a story set in the trash-horror film world of the 1980s -- in Britain, the era of gut-ripping "video nasty": pictures like "Cannibal Holocaust," "The Driller Killer" and "Gestapo's Last Orgy." As...Read more
David Crosby has been many interesting things over the course of his 77 years: a founding member of the Byrds -- the band that created folk-rock -- and of the subsequent super-duper group variously known as Crosby, Stills & Nash or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He has also been a junkie, a fugitive, a convict and a world-class asshole. The new ...Read more
The 2018 "A Quiet Place" was a movie about family values -- chief among them don't die a painful and horrifying death . It was also a film with a title that was fully warranted: The first 38 minutes of its 90-minute runtime were entirely wordless.
"A Quiet Place Part II," the new sequel (or continuation of the story, as writer-director-...Read more
Zombie movies, which have been shambling across movie screens since at least the 1930s, have an undying appeal. But their enduring popularity is a little odd, when you think about it, since a zombie, by definition, is generally slow in pursuit of its victims and has to rely on the frequent inclination of fleeing humans to trip over something or ...Read more
"Riders of Justice" is a sharp, funny inquiry into the proposition that nobody ever really knows where they stand in this world, no matter how certain they may be that they do.
Mads Mikkelsen is Markus, a Danish soldier deployed in some hot, dusty war zone when he receives news that his wife, Emma, has died in a subway crash back home. He ...Read more
Guy Ritchie movies, especially those of the gangster variety with which he started out 23 years ago, make life simple. You know what you're going to get walking in: a lot of shouting, a lot of skull-crushing music, a lot more shouting, and a boatload of blunt, brutal action. Not to say there's anything wrong with wall-to-wall uproar -- who doesn...Read more
"Together Together" is a rom-com without the rom. It's an offbeat inquiry into the possibility of platonic love between a man and a woman. Ed Helms and Patti Harrison are just about perfect as Matt, a lonely 45-year-old app designer, and Anna, a 26-year-old barista whom Matt has hired as a surrogate mother for the baby he wants to ground his ...Read more
In 1995, the Australian film "Babe" took animal-fantasy to a new level. Advanced animatronic technology brought the picture's many creatures -- the dogs, the sheep, the singing mice, the freaked-out duck, the duplicitous cat and, of course, the lovable porcine protagonist -- into a realm of almost-real beings and lent their emotions a new weight...Read more
Writer-director Neil Burger has salted his new sci-fi movie, "Voyagers," with provocative social issues, but they're hardly new. "Who are we?" "Where are we going?" "Who cares?"
Colin Farrell plays Jim, a science guy involved in a project creating government-engineered embryos. The resulting babies are raised in isolation -- they never see ...Read more
Somebody died. Danielle (Rachel Sennott) isn't sure who -- somebody in her extended family, a second-wife's sister or something -- but her parents, Debbie and Joel (Polly Draper and Fred Melamed), are all upset, and she's promised them she'll make it to the funeral. Or at least to the post-funeral shiva, for the traditional Jewish ritual of ...Read more
In her dreamlike first feature, Brazilian director Moara Passoni uses action -- especially the noisy street demos of her country's recent political past -- as background. The movie's unswerving focus is a quiet young girl named Clara, who, on the cusp of puberty, is sinking into extreme anorexia. "This week, Manu got her period, and she cried ...Read more
Experiencing Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" is like being held down and force-fed candy for two hours. Candy fans can take this as a recommendation, and lovers of blazingly well-made fantasy films and full-belt Broadway musicals will surely have a good time. I had a good time myself, up to a point. But the movie is possibly ...Read more
PRO: "Zack Snyder's Justice League" isn't three hours long, like "Avengers: Endgame."
CON: It's four hours long.
PRO: Some of the dialogue in this otherwise-rather broody movie is actually amusing. For example, when Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) encounters difficulty putting together a team of superheroes, his butler, Alfred Pennyworth (...Read more