Feb. 27, 2017 at 1:23pm | By Cary Darling |Permalink
Marvel/Twentieth Century Fox
Let’s cut straight to the chase and not mope around the point. “Logan” — the final chapter in the saga of the X-Men’s Wolverine — is the best superhero-related movie since “The Dark Knight” nearly a decade ago.
Feb. 27, 2017 at 11:08am | By Cary Darling |Permalink
In the universe of close-quarters brawling where the characters in the appropriately titled “Headshot” reside, telephones, typewriters, desks and, of course, paper cutters are meant to be used as only one thing: weapons. After sitting through nearly two hours of all the slicing, dic...
Feb. 23, 2017 at 8:00am | By Mick LaSalle |Permalink
“A United Kingdom” tells the true story of the courtship and marriage of an African king and a white British woman in the years following the second world war. Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland — later Botswana — was a student in London when he met Ruth Williams. Their sub...
Feb. 23, 2017 at 12:00am | By Katie Walsh |Permalink
Universal Pictures via AP
Genre films horror, comedy, fantasy, Westerns have always been great vessels for social commentary. The pleasures of genre conventions allow such messages to go down easy; the spoonful of cinematic sugar that helps the medicine go down.
Feb. 23, 2017 at 10:03am | By Cary Darling |Permalink
“Bitter Harvest” couldn’t be more timely. The love story, set against the backdrop of the brutal suppression and starvation of the Ukrainian people by Stalin’s Soviet Union in the ’30s, echoes today’s headlines regarding the tensions between Russia and Uk...
Feb. 17, 2017 at 7:54am | By David Lewis |Permalink
Like its bilingual heroine, the multi-culti romantic comedy “Everybody Loves Somebody” breezily bounces back and forth from Baja to Los Angeles, and it’s a pleasant diversion, on both sides of the border.
Feb. 16, 2017 at 8:19am | By Cary Darling |Permalink
Director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most ravishingly beautiful films to come out of China, including “Raise the Red Lantern,” “House of Flying Daggers,” and “Hero,” movies that are lavishly sensual in their use of color and light. His fans will have...
Feb. 16, 2017 at 12:00am | By Cary Darling |Permalink
Warner Bros./Rock Paper Photo
There’s a scene near the end of the comedy “Fist Fight” — not long before the altercation promised in the title — that more than makes up for whatever weak-sauce comedic sins have gone before. Let’s just say that the combo of Big Sean’s unprintable...
Feb. 15, 2017 at 3:44pm | By Cary Darling |Permalink
20th Century Fox
There’s at least one thing that can be said for Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness”: It’s certainly much better than the director’s last effort, the excruciating “Lone Ranger” debacle from four years ago, and it’s more interesting ...