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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Review: Director Patrick Hughes' "The Hitman's Bodyguard"
There's not a whole lot that's new about "The Hitman's Bodyguard ." Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play their typical character types: Reynolds the handsome do-gooder; Jackson the unflappable badass whose favorite word...
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
Review: Writer-Director Geremy Jasper's "Patti Cake$"
The Sundance sensation "Patti Cake$" may flow with formulaic beats but it's got spirit for miles (eight of them, at least) and features one of the best mother-daughter relationships of the year. Patricia Dombrowski (the terrific newcomer Danielle Macdonald) is an overweight, white New Jersey 23-...
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
Review: Steven Soderbergh's "Logan Lucky"
"Logan Lucky " is an easy movie to like, but maybe not love. In his big return to film after a four-year hiatus (or retirement, if it can even be called that now), Steven Soderbergh has created a sort of cinematic bingo of his well of tricks. Heist movie? Check. Channing Tatum? Check. Not so subtle...
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
Review: Director Destin Daniel Cretton's "The Glass Castle"
Any parents of young children — or anyone thinking of hearing the pitter-patter of little feet — are urged to go to their local movie theater and see "The Glass Castle." Not as a how-to guide, mind you. No, that might actually get you thrown in jail. They should go see it instead as a much-needed...
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
Review: The Safdie Brothers' "Good Time" 
The fraternal directing duo of Josh and Benny Safdie make urban odysseys that flow with the quicksilver currents of New York City. You can feel the gum-stained pavement under your feet. You can smell the Q train. The Safdies were already an electric new energy in cinema — streetwise and scuzzy —...
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
Review: Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River" 
For Taylor Sheridan, the West is still alive with frontier tragedies and genre thrills, even if hopelessness has moved in and blanketed the land. "Wind River" makes it a kind of trilogy for Sheridan, the writer behind the West Texas neo-Western "Hell or High Water" and the Mexican border drug crime...
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017
Review: Director Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit"
There is no nice or pretty way to tell a story about the systemic oppression and mistreatment of black people in the United States. It's fitting then that Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit ," an account of the murders of three unarmed black men that took place in the Algiers Motel in late July 1967, is...
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017
Review: Director David Leitch's "Atomic Blonde"
People don't usually move very fast in Cold War thrillers. Mostly, the only time anyone runs is right before they get shot in the back. Most of the "action" happens in a film cabinet, down a back alley or with a silencer. The classic Cold War tale — which is to say a John le Carre one — is...
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017
Review: "An Inconvenient Sequel" From Directors Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Ten years ago, "An Inconvenient Truth," the groundbreaking, Oscar-winning film about Al Gore and his passionate climate change activism, ended with a simple challenge: "Are you ready to change the way you live? The climate crisis can be solved." A decade later, the former vice president and Nobel...
Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017
Review: Director Gillian Robespierre's "Landline" From Amazon Studios
There's an eye-popping scene in the new film "Landline" when our heroine is walking around New York City and decides to check her phone messages. So get this: She walks over to some weird curb-side contraption, puts in a quarter and lifts a black plastic receiver to her ear. It gets weirder: She...