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Tuesday, Jul. 5, 2016
Review: Writer-Director Matt Ross' "Captain Fantastic"
"Captain Fantastic " is about the fantasy of being able to create a perfect world for your children, and the crushing realization that such control is ultimately impossible. Ben (Viggo Mortensen) pursues this ideal in a particularly extreme way - by removing his family from society altogether and...
Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2016
Review: Director David Yates' "The Legend of Tarzan"
Tarzan has been dusted off, his abs polished and his vocabulary spruced up in David Yates' handsome but altogether pointless "The Legend of Tarzan," a chest-thumping resurrection of the Ape Man that fails to find any reason for the iconic character's continued evolution. On the one hand, it's easy...
Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2016
Review: Steven Spielberg's "The BFG"
There's a secret about children that Steven Spielberg, Melissa Mathison and Roald Dahl have always known - that no matter how innocent, kids are as capable of understanding darkness as adults, and sometimes even more so. It's not that it's some completely unacknowledged truth, but it is one that...
Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2016
Review: Director Taika Waititi's "Wilderpeople" 
"Flight of the Conchords" went off the air in 2009 but the beat has gone on in the films of Taika Waititi. Waititi, who was a writer and director of that cult HBO series, has carried on the show's New Zealand deadpan and childlike whimsy with varying success. Often collaborating with "Conchords"...
Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2016
Review: Director Andrew Stanton's "Finding Dory" 
In Pixar's hands, the ocean - equal parts danger and wonder - is a vast metaphor for the choppy waters of parenting. Cloistered coral reefs of home are surrounded by frightful drop-offs and strong currents that can sweep a little fish out to an immense sea. When the difference between survival and...
Tuesday, Jun. 7, 2016
Review: "The Conjuring" Sequel Turns Up The Volume
If "The Conjuring" was a chilling whisper, the sequel is a deafening shriek. That might not be a bad thing for some, but the shock jumps and cheesy-looking demons in "The Conjuring 2 " were a definite departure from the first, and not necessarily for the better. The brilliance of director James Wan...
Monday, Jun. 6, 2016
Review: "Angie Tribeca" Begins 2nd Season On TBS
You could make a dandy drinking game out of "Angie Tribeca" : a tequila shot for every silly gag. Except you'd never make it past the first commercial break. Consider: An unofficial count of sight gags and silly wordplay in the season premiere (airing on TBS Monday at 9 p.m. EDT) tops four dozen in...
Thursday, Jun. 2, 2016
Review: "Ninja Turtles" Sequel From Director Dave Green, Producer Michael Bay
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" is a Saturday morning cartoon on Michael Bay steroids. For the under 12 set, that's fine. For the rest of us? It's something to actively avoid. Not that a live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sequel owes anything at all to an adult audience,...
Thursday, Jun. 2, 2016
Review: Director Thea Sharrock's "Me Before You" 
Well, I cried anyway. I cried even though halfway through "Me Before You," I swore to myself I wouldn't, because the movie felt overly broad, overly simplistic, lacking depth both in characterization and in treatment of the serious issues it raises. At the end, I still thought all those things .....
Wednesday, May. 25, 2016
Cast Members of "Roots" Remake Reflect On Their Roles, Importance of Project
Will history repeat itself with the remake of "Roots" ? The original miniseries, based on Alex Haley's best-seller, became a national phenomenon in 1977 as it told the multigenerational saga of his forebears, beginning with Kunta Kinte, a West African teen captured in the mid-1700s by slave traders...