A review of the new Disney film, Queen of Katwe.
Peter Berg’s docudrama recounts the catastrophic events on the Gulf of Mexico drilling rig
The three-month oil spill that followed the 2010 blow-out at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico became such a huge news story that folks might have forgotten what horrific industrial accident precipitated it; 11 workers died, and the 100-odd other employees were lucky to survive. Peter Berg’s docudrama recounts that fateful day and night on board the mobile offshore drilling unit from the perspective of the workers.
Denzel Washington heads up a diverse group of gunslingers in this Western re-boot
This remake of the classic 1960 Western (itself a remake of the 1954 Japanese film The Seven Samurai ) comes with an all-star cast, a wide-ranging arsenal of weapons and some funny lines. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it’s a story of revenge.
Strong performances from Markees Christmas and Craig Robinson pay off in this coming-of-age tale
A review of 'Morris From America.'
A scattering of whimsy and great sets can’t make Tim Burton’s film wholly engaging
Tim Burton, longtime champion of peculiar children, adapts Ransom Riggs’ novel for the big screen. A contemporary American teenager named Jake (Asa Butterfield) follows clues left by his grandfather and winds up on a Welsh island where there is indeed a home for children with bizarre capabilities (think of them as cozier, stay-at-home X-Men).
Korean thriller about zombies on a train ably hits its genre marks
It’s as basic as “zombies on a train,” but Sang-ho Yeon’s new thriller is a well-made example of the increasingly overdone genre. It trades on everything you’d expect: a selection of potential victims (from old lady with a limp, and teen baseball team to a pregnant woman and her very protective working-class husband); a confined space; a rapidly developing crisis (from getting bit to rampaging occurs in mere seconds); a meticulous picking off of the aforementioned crazy-quilt of passengers; and the assorted MacGuyvering needed to thwart off the zombies and make it to safety.
A new documentary sounds the alarm about our neglect of seeds and biodiversity
Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel’s documentary makes the case that we often ignore — at our peril — the obvious. Consider the lowly seed, which gets a fraction of the attention we lavish on food, and yet without seeds, there is literally no food.
Oliver Stone’s profile of Edward Snowden is a competent and mildly interesting bio-pic
A review of Oliver Stone's new film, Snowden.
The doc works hard to be a mystery, but in the end, there’s merely information, not revelation
A review of Pieter van Huystee's film 'Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil.'
A dysfunctional family gets its act together when facing a crisis in this dramedy
Nothing like a life-threatening illness to pull a family together and get folks back on track! This new dramedy, directed by John Krasinski, rumbles over the same playing field, making the same easy goals.
An indie comedy that flips the script on sibling rivalry and diabilities
Sophie Goodhart’s comedy finds a new twist on sibling rivalry. Robbie (Adam Scott) is the family’s golden boy, his accomplishments doubly underscored because he is blind.
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