Movies

'Independence Day' sequel is big, dumb summer fun

If you have any interest in a sequel to "Independence Day," you'll likely not be disappointed by the improbably enjoyable "Independence Day: Resurgence." It's silly, ...

Pixar fans went to see 'Dory' but fell in love with 'Piper'

The general consensus about "Finding Dory" is: It was cute, even if it wasn't quite as good as "Finding Nemo." But the response to "Piper," ...

Review: 'The Phenom' is an unusual baseball movie

"The Phenom" is a movie about baseball with little baseball. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. At 87 minutes, it's more like a theatrical play ...

Review: 'The Neon Demon' aims for sharp satire but draws no real blood

The headlines generated by last month's premiere of "The Neon Demon" at Cannes — virtually all of which singled out the film's violence, cannibalism and ...

Essential alien-invasion movies for summer viewing thrills

Angry aliens bring death from above back to Earth with "Independence Day: Resurgence," almost 20 years to the day after the original "Independence Day" invaded ...

Review: McConaughey's 'Free State of Jones' a gripping, frustrating Civil War drama

In so many Civil War-era photographs, a bone-weariness of spirit, coupled with a kind of faraway intensity, lurks in the soldiers' eyes. Plenty of actors ...

Review: 'The Shallows' is cheesy summer fun

Every summer needs a movie that's as sun-drenched and easy-breezy as "The Shallows," the Blake Lively vehicle that pits surfer vs. shark. On a blistering ...

Review: Dreams come true in the delightful 'Dark Horse'

Oh, just try to resist this one. The British documentary "Dark Horse" is a delightful story well told — and, like so many good stories, ...

'Finding Dory': Does a good Pixar film have to make us cry?

One Pixar motto over the years has been "for every laugh, a tear." But with the release of "Finding Dory," I wonder: As the marine-life ...

Filmmakers find constant source of inspiration with TCM

Turner Classic Movies, that bastion of black-and-white, holds a unique place on the dial and in the hearts of cinephiles. In a continuous, commercial-free stream, ...

Review: 'Finding Dory' is no 'Nemo,' but it'll do

There's something perfectly on point about "Finding Dory," the pantingly anticipated sequel to Pixar's 2003 masterwork "Finding Nemo," taking 13 years to reach the screen. ...

Review: 'Central Intelligence' is a chase movie that goes nowhere

The arithmetic of comedy is not difficult. If you produce logically linked laughs every five minutes in a feature film, you have created a classic. Deliver random ...

Review: 'Raiders!' documents an 8-year labor of cinematic love

Hollywood thrillers promise a few hours of escapist adventure. But that pales in comparison to the long and arduous adventure of growing up. In "Raiders! The ...

Review: 'Born to Be Blue' tells of the rise and fall of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker

Sometimes known as the James Dean of jazz, trumpeter Chet Baker was among the most photogenic of jazz musicians. Yet by the time he died ...

Review: 'Francofonia' is a bold, modern look at how the Louvre survived World War II

Alexander Sokurov's quasi-documentary "Francofonia" is a brilliant meditation on art, on war — and what happens to art when nations go to war. In a bold ...

Review: Firth plays self-effacing literary editor Maxwell Perkins in 'Genius'

"Genius," Michael Grandage's biopic about literary editor Maxwell Perkins and author Thomas Wolfe, largely sidesteps the Scylla and Charybdis of inertia and burlesque through which ...

Review: 'Weiner' is in-the-moment chronicle of politician's infamous fall

Anthony Weiner's 2013 mayoral campaign was supposed to be a comeback, a vindication of the former congressman whose career imploded two years earlier after he ...

IMAX film immerses audience in whales' habitat

Imagine an animal that makes an elephant — with a weight range of 2.5 tons to 7 tons — seem puny by comparison. And it ...

Movie sequels slumping for Hollywood

Sure things in Hollywood are beginning to look like an endangered species. Sequels, for years the industry's most "can't miss" assets, are struggling at ...

Review: 'Warcraft' a visual spectacle

It might take a while for nongamers to figure out who's who in the battle of orcs and humans at the center of the "Warcraft ...