• Movie review: 'Wonder Wheel': Coney Island love triangle makes for monotonous melodrama

    By Michael O'Sullivan The Washington Post -
    Published: Fri, Dec 15, 2017

    Starring Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple; directed by Woody Allen; 101 minutes; PG-13 for thematic content including some sexuality, language and smoking. Grade: D+ Woody Allen's 1950s-set "Wonder Wheel" is not a great movie, but it does try to warn you....

  • Review - 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' brings the band back together, with love

    By Ann Hornaday The Washington Post -
    Updated: Wed, Dec 13, 2017

    "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" unspools like a one-movie binge watch, a lively if overlong and busily plotted second chapter to the latest "Star Wars" trilogy that advances the story and deepens its characters with a combination of irreverent humor and worshipful love for the original...

  • 'The Disaster Artist': A portrait of the filmmaker as an enigmatic hack

    By Michael O'Sullivan The Washington Post -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 7, 2017

    Starring James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor; directed by James Franco; 98 minutes; R for coarse language throughout and some sexuality and nudity. Into this season of serious films speaking to the troubled times in which we live, the fact-based yet farcical "The Disaster Artist"...

  • Documentary 'Heal' explores mind's power to abolish disease

    By Michelle Karas michelle.karas@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 7, 2017

    Disease takes root in the mind, so the mind can unroot disease, a new documentary declares. Although our thoughts can make us sick, they also can guide us to health, says the film "Heal." The documentary has had a limited release in Denver and other big cities since Oct. 27. It...

  • Movie review: 'Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri' is a vigilante comedy for our age

    By Ann Hornaday The Washington Post -
    Published: Fri, Dec 1, 2017

    Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell; directed by Martin McDonagh; 115 minutes; R for violence, strong language throughout and some sexual references. For an avatar of our current cultural appetite for accountability, truth-telling and radical moral reckoning,...

  • Greta Gerwig makes triumphant debut as solo director with coming-of-age comedy 'Lady Bird'

    By Ann Hornaday The Washington Post -
    Updated: Wed, Nov 22, 2017

    "I wish I could live through something." So says Christine McPherson, the spiky, moody, flawed and delightful protagonist of "Lady Bird." The movie takes its title from the name Christine has bestowed upon herself during her senior year at a Catholic high school in Sacramento, which...

  • Movie review: 'Human Flow' looks straight at the global refugee crisis and doesn't blink

    By Michael O'Sullivan The Washington Post -
    Updated: Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    Directed by Ai Weiwei; 145 minutes; PG-13 for disturbing images and themes. Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei never has limited himself to one medium. The 60-year-old has produced powerful sculptures, installations, photographs, videos and a stream of social-media postings as...

  • Movie review: Yes, 'Wonder' is the cry-fest you expect, but it's also complex, funny and probing

    By Stephanie Merry The Washington Post -
    Updated: Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    Starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin; directed by Stephen Chbosky; 113 minutes; PG for mild language, thematic elements including bullying. Grade: A- Middle school can be agonizing for any kid, but as "Wonder" begins, we suspect it's...

  • Movie review: Mixing profound and silly, Nativity-themed animation 'The Star' is hit-and-miss affair

    By Jane Horwitz The Washington Post -
    Updated: Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    An animated fable about the first Christmas, "The Star," reimagines the Nativity from the perspective of an animal - actually, a menagerie of comical Holy Land critters, led by a miniature donkey, who become key supporting players in the tale. Among the production companies making...

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