Home  >  Movies & TV

Screen Shots

Taking aim at the best and worst of movies and television.

‘Allied’ finds common cause with older films

ALLIED

Paramount

It takes either moxie or madness to make a WWII-era romantic thriller partially set in Casablanca because of the obvious parallels to, well, Casablanca. With the handsome and elegant Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as spies... Read more

‘Manchester By the Sea’ swells with emotion

G029VHR54.7

Amazon Studios

It’s hard to overstate the magnificence of Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea. His third feature following You Can Count on Me and Margaret is one that swells with the spectrum of human emot... Read more

‘Bad Santa 2’ more sad than anything

GRC9VVRNU.4

Jan Thijs

In calling Bad Santa 2 the feel-bad movie of the season, let me be clear: I don’t mean that it revives the rude-and-crude fun of the original hit, which turned the traditional Christmas film on its head. Read more

‘Double Dare’ takes a sloppy stroll down memory lane

Double Dare

Nickelodeon

It’s about to get messy all over again on Nickelodeon. Read more

Grown-up ‘Gilmore Girls’ returns with same snappy dynamic

GO09UB4LO.5

Netflix

Everything about the new Gilmore Girls, which premieres Friday on Netflix, is exactly the same as the original and completely different at the same time. Read more

3D ‘Billy Lynn’ to screen in North Texas

GFK9V0V8H.4

If you’re itching to see something closer to the 4K/3D/120 frames-per-second version of Ang Lee’s film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, opening Friday in North Texas, you don’t have to fly to either Los Angeles or New York after all. Read more

‘Nocturnal Animals’ is a dreamy thriller

GVC9UI2OK.4

Focus Features

Art can make us squirm. That’s the theme of Nocturnal Animals, a theme telegraphed with almost sadistic clarity as we watch, under the opening credits, a series of obese naked women shimmying in slow motion, their folds of voluminous flesh wielded like weapons. Read more

‘The Take’ doesn’t have much to give

GVV9U6NHV.5

Studio Canal

The Take, a steady if unspectacular action thriller, pairs an American pickpocket with a lone-wolf CIA agent, unlikely allies in the pursuit of a gang behind a deadly bombing in Paris. Read more

Boxing drama ‘Bleed for This’ has its moments but lacks punch

GIN9U6CEC.5

Seacia Pavao

It doesn’t seem likely that filmmakers will ever grow tired of making boxing films, or that they’ll run out of inspiring athletes to make them about. Read more

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is a coming-of-age tale worth experiencing

GPB9U5UEA.4

STX Entertainment

Anyone looking casually at the advertisements and coming attractions for The Edge of Seventeen might easily come away expecting something typical — a standard entry in the coming-of-age comedy genre. Read more

Page 4