These are our latest reviews of movies at theaters, at the art house, or at festivals.
Too much of Never Go Back feels like a retread.
Jack Reacher and a couple of his newfound friends are interesting, but they’re forced back into a rather mundane storyline involving murder, weapons and drugs.
The lack of a solid character arc grounds the action.
Keeping Up with the Joneses is sufficiently entertaining, albeit almost completely inconsequential.
Desierto is decidedly landlocked and monotone.
Desierto features excellent technical execution, but the story’s impact is debatable.
Might as well call it Zombies on a Train.
Watching The Girl on the Train is murder.
This Queen has soul.
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.”
— Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
The Magnificent Seven packs the ammo, but needs more soul.
This modern take on the classic Western could use a little more soul, but it serves up almost everything else in heaping helpings.
A great American story competently told, but it’s one that remains stubbornly grounded.
Like its eponymous subject, Sully is pretty low-key and soft-spoken. That’s not entirely complimentary, given the life-altering drama that thrust Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger into the headlines.
Morgan ends figuratively (and almost literally) in shallow water.
Morgan needs to be fleshed out more.
Morgan is one of those movies that starts with a couple cool ideas, but instead of building on them boldly, it quickly devolves into standard, unimaginative fare.
Draining but rewarding, the movie features characters in tough spots making their way through life.
After an unusually weak summer silly season, it’s a little disorienting watching a movie with humans and a story that invests time in developing those characters. So it is with The Light Between Oceans.
War Dogs pulls the right strings in crafting a raw look at the modern age.
It’s pretty funny, a little insightful and utterly ridiculous. And War Dogs is based on disgraceful true events.
It’s a slight but entertaining look at one of the most unlikely stars in music history.
“People may say I couldn’t sing, but no one can say I didn’t sing.”
- Florence Foster Jenkins
Suicide Squad bombs out.
Suicide Squad bombs out.
Suicide Squad had a chance to set a corrective course for DC’s burdensome, heavy-handed approach to creating a movie universe along the lines of Marvel.
**2016, Paul Greengrass
Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass miss an opportunity to do something new with Jason Bourne.
After a 9-year hiatus, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass miss an opportunity to do something new with Jason Bourne.
2016, Woody Allen
A lukewarm Woody Allen travels back to 1930
There was a time when a Woody Allen movie felt as if it were entirely of its moment. Anticipation for each new Allen movie ran high whether the director was operating in comic or serious mode. Then came scandal, the onslaught of age and a changing movie environment.
2016, Paul Greengrass
Damon and Greengrass return with preposterous action set pieces
If you want to spend a couple of hours watching Matt Damon play a character who’s running for his life, Jason Bourne — the latest in the series about an amnesiac spy — might be the movie for you.