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Movie Review: ‘Moana’
Dec 01 2016
The same tropical setting that provided the backdrop for the 1949 musical "South Pacific" now lends its exotic flavor to the animated Disney feature "Moana".

Movie Review: 'Arrival'
Nov 17 2016
This unusually intimate science-fiction drama finds profundity on a human scale as well as in the cosmos.

Movie Review: 'Trolls'
Nov 10 2016
This loopy but charming animated comedy makes enjoyable viewing for a wide range of age groups, excluding only the very youngest.

Movie Review: 'Hacksaw Ridge'
Nov 06 2016
"Hacksaw Ridge" recounts the extraordinary heroism of Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) during the Battle of Okinawa in the closing days of World War II.

Faith takes center stage in Mel Gibson's new film
Nov 06 2016
"Hacksaw Ridge" marks Gibson's return to the director's chair after a 10-year absence.

Movie Review: 'Inferno'
Nov 03 2016
While not exactly hellish, “Inferno,” director Ron Howard’s screen version of Dan Brown’s 2013 novel, does produce some of the purgatorial tedium of sitting around in a dentist’s waiting room.

Movie Review: 'Keeping Up With the Joneses'
Oct 28 2016
Despite its celebration of the lives of honest, decent, maritally committed suburbanites, however, awkward handling causes both the film’s upright message and its humor to fall flat.

Movie Review: “Max Steel”
Oct 20 2016
Yet another action figure leaps off the toy store shelves and onto the big screen in "Max Steel", the coming-of-age chronicle of a Mattel-made superhero.

Movie Review: Queen of Katwe
Oct 13 2016
The glorious "Queen of Katwe" (Disney) applies the traditional formula of an uplifting sports drama to the real-life story of a Ugandan chess prodigy.

Movie Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Oct 06 2016
Director Tim Burton is on his home turf with the gothic fantasy "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (Fox).

Movie Review: “Storks”
Sep 29 2016
Popular culture's relentless drive to portray a homosexual lifestyle as merely one more form of diversity and its view of out-of-wedlock motherhood as a respectable choice, at least for mature women, mars the otherwise unobjectionable animated comedy "Storks" (Warner Bros.)

Movie Review: Snowden
Sep 21 2016
Holed up in a Hong Kong hotel on the eve of his epochal leak, Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) recalls the events of his life.