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‘Sully’ soars with a fine Tom Hanks performance


Warner Bros.

The sight of a passenger plane along the skyline of New York is an image that has been seared in the global collective consciousness. It’s a memory that Sully, Clint Eastwood’s new film, acknowledges, but also attempts to redefine. Read more

‘The Hollars’ nothing to shout about


Sony Pictures Classics

John Krasinski’s comedy drama The Hollars, about a comic-book artist in New York who travels to his Ohio hometown when his mother is diagnosed with a brain tumor and reconnects with his estranged — and strange — family, is a full-blown mega-assaul... Read more

Crackle’s ‘StartUp’ worth investing your time in

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Sony’s Crackle streaming service may be best known, if at all, as a place to view the Seth Rogen movie The Interview for free in the chaotic aftermath of the Sony hack of 2014. Read more

‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’ refuses to go down for the count


RLJ Entertainment

You have to marvel at a film that seems to have so little faith in its audience’s literacy that its brief use of English-language subtitles consists of lettering large enough for a freeway billboard. That’s just one of the quirks that pushes Kickboxer: Vengeanc... Read more

‘Morris From America’ is a charming coming-of-age film


Chad Hartigan’s low-key coming-of-age charmer Morris From America takes the fish-out-of-water tale and gives it a hip-hop twist, in the story of an African-American teen learning his first adult life lessons in Heidelberg, Germany. Indie filmmaker Hartigan drew... Read more

‘Morgan’ doesn’t live up to its promise


Aidan Monaghan

It wouldn’t be fair to compare father and son, but Ridley Scott’s progeny, Luke Scott, takes on some similar themes to his father’s work in his feature directorial debut, Morgan. Read more

‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ survives its near-death


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The 9th Life of Louis Drax begins as if it’s going to be a sweet children’s film about the goofy life of an accident-prone 9-year-old boy. Events that should have killed him don’t, and he seems untroubled by all of his near-death experiences. Read more

‘The Light Between Oceans’ doesn’t shine like it should



It’s hard to know exactly where The Light Between Oceans, the weepy, sweeping period drama starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, takes place. Read more

‘Don’t Breathe’ will leave you breathless


Sony Pictures

2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films, which seems at times appropriate, given the horrors of this calendar year — shootings, war, natural disaster, an unprecedented presidential campaign. When it feels like the world is going to hell in a handbasket, there’s cathar... Read more

‘Little Men’ is big on emotion

Little Men

Eric McNatt

Director Ira Sachs is a master at showing the ins and outs of interpersonal conflict. In his previous two films — Keep the Lights On and Love Is Strange — the stories revolved around gay men. In Little M... Read more

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