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Recent Reviews

These are our latest reviews of movies at theaters, at the art house, or at festivals.

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi


A better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this enduring mythology is hard to imagine.

The Last Jedi is a wild ride that sends beloved characters — old and new — on unexpected arcs with a mighty Force.

The Shape of Water

***1/2Guillermo Del Toro

Sally Hawkins’ terrific performance makes it all work.

The Shape of Water is intoxicating with its lush, seductive storytelling magic.

The Disaster Artist

***James Franco

Are Tommy Wiseau and his craptastic movie worthy of all this attention?

It’s not as endearing as Tim Burton’s tribute to Ed Wood, but The Disaster Artist is an entertaining — and affectionate — look at the making of a really bad movie by one Tommy Wiseau.



Coco mines a richness and elegance that is simply incomparable.

After the Cars 3 lemon, Coco brings Pixar back to the Land of the New Classics.

Justice League


Justice League is a creative mess.

Instead of simply feeding the franchise, DC should hit pause, step back and find a good story to tell.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)


If there is justice for movies, Kenneth Branagh will return as Hercule Poirot.

All aboard for this exquisite production that brings a classic whodunit from the past into the present with a fresh dose of resonance.

Thor: Ragnarok


Thor: Ragnarok is another superhero movie to chill to rather than thrill to.

Thor: Ragnarok is so good-natured, it’s a movie practically begging to be liked. Even so, it can go begging elsewhere.

American Made


The absurdity of it all makes post-movie fact-checking a virtual lock for many moviegoers.

American Made gets enough of a buzz going to make it an entertaining ride.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle


This one doesn’t build on the momentum and goodwill its progenitor generated.

Team Kingsman can’t overcome the nefarious sophomore slump.

An aggressive opening transitions from the John Denver classic Take Me Home, Country Roads played on bagpipes to a wild taxi chase through the streets of London, loaded with some crazy flare — including a sideways-driving car, a mechanical arm, mounted machine guns and a cab that converts into a submersible like in The Spy Who Loved Me — all backed by Prince songs.

American Assassin


The movie’s a hard worker, like most good Americans. Trouble is, it should’ve worked smarter.

This American Assassin is operating under bad intel.

The story is timely enough. It involves terror cells, attacks on innocent civilians, a U.S. homegrown terrorist and an American on a mission of retribution against Muslim extremists.

Patti Cake$


All their effort culminates in a vicious, emotional performance during an epic rap battle.

Patti Cake$ is a scrappy, gritty — and funny — tale of perseverance featuring a lot of promising young talent.

The Trip to Spain


Life is not one size fits all and neither is travel.

As this dismal summer silly season winds down, savor The Trip to Spain as the perfect palate cleanser.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard


It’s one of those movies that no doubt looked great on paper.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a two-hour assault of Looney Tunes-style violence.

The Glass Castle


The Glass Castle is a solid reminder that each life in a family is an individual pursuit.

Jeannette Walls’ life story is almost too good to be true.

The Glass Castle calls to mind a lot of literary forebears and flows together so seamlessly, it seems like a work of fiction. It’s a rarity for reality to be so purposefully messy.


***Kathryn Bigelow

Detroit offers a wealth of material for discussion, but doesn’t serve as a tool for healing.

Detroit is equally horrifying and disappointing.

Without question, Detroit’s portrayal of the despicable events at the Algiers Motel in 1967 is gut-wrenching and intense. In terms of pure, raw filmmaking, it is top of the line.