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  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    What started as an intense, gripping thriller becomes a ridiculous cartoon.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    Mike Birbiglia stays focused on the genuine camaraderie among the characters and never forgets the humor.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    The film attempts to fit the future Obamas into a sort of Before Sunrise-style indie romance, with uneven results.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

    It's an enjoyable but slightly scuzzy movie for an actor who’s free to make them.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    Pixar gets all the attention but Laika has built up a body of work nearly as impressive with a creative voice that’s just as distinctive.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    Minor conflicts arise and build but nothing truly threatens the bond that these sisters have.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    The filmmakers amp up the violence and focus on the revenge story.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    There's just enough comedy to entice the audience while treating the true story it’s based on with appropriate seriousness.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    In a bleak landscape, a pair of outlaw brothers and a weary lawman do what they can to bring a little sanity to their hardscrabble existence.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    Meryl Streep plays the famously bad singer.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    It's pleasant—and forgettable.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

    It's a God debate, in veggie form.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

    The film focuses on a French Red Cross volunteer in Poland after World War II who discovers nuns at a nearby convent have been forcibly impregnated by Russian soldiers.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

    It's an ensemble piece with nearly a dozen main characters, telling origin stories for half of them.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

    The film shows how an autistic man learned to communicate with others via his obsession with Disney animated movies.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

    An adaptation of French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved 1943 children’s book.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    At most, it’s Slightly Imperfect Moms.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    As an action hero, Bourne is as effective as ever. As a character, though, he probably should have been allowed to stay off the grid.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    A movie about challenging conventional wisdom eventually succumbs to just that.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    The film takes a long time to get beyond ABC Family levels of teen drama.

  • Screen

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    It’s just like a Star Trek episode—in only the best way.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Audiences just looking for a handful of jump moments might find the horror flick satisfactory.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Our list starts with Shinzon. But who took the top spot?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    This movie may test the patience of even the most ardent Ab Fab fans.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Compared to much of what Hollywood has been churning out this summer, the South Korean blockbuster is high-quality entertainment.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    It's easily the worst one yet, a lazy, unfocused, cluttered mess.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    It turns out to be more Nicholas Sparks than Wong Kar-wai.

  • Noise

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    During a stripped-down, mostly acoustic segment, the trio delivered a lovely version of hit “Travelin’ Soldier.”

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    The remake features strong comedy with an impressively talented cast, but eventually ends up overwhelmed by the demands of its large-scale action storyline.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    It doesn’t offer much of a twist on the familiar high-school setting, or even on the idea that teachers and administrators are despicable.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    With Outlaws and Angels, the Vegas native has a burgeoning career as a filmmaker.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    It's already the highest-grossing homegrown movie of all time in New Zealand.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    No amount of style can compensate for the aimless ugliness of the story.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    Has an undercover agent in a movie ever gotten in just deep enough?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    The drawn-out, plodding miniseries stretches every one of its meager strengths beyond its breaking point.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    Basing a movie on a Craigslist ad leaves a lot of room for embellishment.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    It’s a solid summer time-passer as eager to please as an adorable dog wagging its tail.

  • Noise

    Monday, July 4, 2016

    If anyone missed Tyler’s usual bandmates, they didn’t show it, and the singer himself commanded the stage effortlessly on his own.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    At this rate, the next sequel might turn out to be a genuinely good movie.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Legend is superfluous, an unnecessary addition to the long line of Tarzan stories.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Swiss Army Manturns into a Michel Gondry-style whimsical musing on the meaning of life, punctuated by gross-out jokes.

  • Screen

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    Independence Day probably doesn’t deserve to be as beloved as it is, but Resurgence is unlikely to inspire anywhere near the same devotion.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    It’s a fascinating piece of little-known Civil War lore that, for an hour or so, makes for a solid historical drama.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    The Showtime dramedy comes from Almost Famous writer-director Cameron Crowe.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    For a few minutes, Three is as kinetic and exciting as any of director Johnnie To’s best-known work. ...

  • Print

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Local cosplayer and spokesmodel Vegas PG was on the floor showing off her impressively accurate Power Girl outfit.

  • Screen

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    It's a sort of half-parody, although Franco and his collaborators have trouble balancing the humor with a level of seriousness.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Nearly everything about the movie hits the right marks, but never goes beyond that.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Around half the songs on the album still end up in the mushy mid-tempo middle ground that has been the Chili Peppers’ standard mode for years now.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    The Rock ends up as the comedic highlight of the film.