Friday, April 28, 2017

Feature

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

In James Gunn's sequel to his swashbuckling space Western, the Guardians of the Galaxy do their version of "The Empire Strikes Back," complete with daddy issues but with a considerably more anarchic spirit and enough acerbic interplay among its interstellar gang to make Obi-Wan blush.

The...

Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

The shootout, often a ballet, is a battle royale in Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire."

When the bullets start flying, Wheatley's arms-deal-gone-wrong 1970s shoot-up comes to a crawl. There's a total absence of slow-motion cartwheels. No one miraculously walks through a wall of fire to kill the...

Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

"The Fast and the Furious" hasn't become a billion-dollar global franchise because of its scintillating dialogue and high-minded drama. It's all about the cars, the action, the international settings and the good-looking cast.

So don't give too much thought to the story holes and...

Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017

There is something deeply funny and also beautiful about the idea that it would take a British man in his 70s to make the definitive film about one of America's greatest female poets. But that's what Terence Davies has done for Emily Dickinson in "A Quiet Passion ," a fiercely intelligent,...

Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017

Modest and majestic at once, the films of James Gray patiently burrow their way into the souls of their characters and, maybe, into you. Gray is painterly and exacting - some might say to a fault. But his movies' revelations are complex and contradictory - full of life's messiness - and their...

Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017

Kim Wexler may be the most quietly complicated character on TV.

She is the levelheaded, nose-to-the-grindstone Albuquerque lawyer who, two seasons into "Better Call Saul," remains full of mystery and contradictions.

Most paradoxically (or so it seems): How, both professionally and...

Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017

There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is "Gifted," starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace: A brilliant and precocious yet sweetly empathetic young girl. A devoted and decidedly hunky father figure. And then there's math itself, presented not as a...

Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017

The Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo makes funny, fantastical, Frankenstein-like films that playfully combine small-scale with big-concept. His 2011 film "Extraterrestrial" is a romantic comedy centered on a handful of characters amid a massive unseen alien invasion. His "Timecrimes" was about a...

Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017

"Their Finest " is a movie about making a movie, specifically a glossy propaganda film meant to bolster morale in Britain in the darkest days of the Second World War. It is also very much a movie-movie. Good-looking, finely acted, and well-told, director Lone Scherfig ("An Education") has made a...

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017

"I've been having glitches," Scarlett Johansson's part-human, mostly cyborg robot says in "Ghost in the Shell." "It will pass."

Rupert Sanders' remake of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 influential anime classic, from Masamune Shirow's Japanese manga comics, is a dazzling dystopia. Yet like its sleek...