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‘Gods Own Country’ romance rooted in realities of farm life

The Yorkshire farmer falls for Romanian worker tale is an impressive directing debut by Francis Lee.

‘Thor’ makes title character chief jester in latest Marvel flick

“Thor: Ragnarok” starring Chris Hemsworth is first and foremost a comedy, with some action thrown in.

‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ shows the damage done by Winnie-the-Pooh

The gentle movie tells a serious story about how celebrity culture harmed a family.

‘Human Flow’ is mesmerizing documentary of the collective human soul

“Human Flow” is not a documentary by a journalist, or a traditional activist. If it were, it might be 25 hours long, with abundant background… Continue reading

‘Breathe’ ignores all the inspirational movie cliches

It tells the story of a polio patient and his wife who helped change attitudes about the disabled.

Animating Van Gogh paintings proves to be trippy yet flawed

“Loving Vincent” relates the circumstances of the great painter’s death.

Confusing, muddled thriller confounds talented director, cast

“The Snowman,” based on a Scandinavian crime novel, suffers from catastrophic storytelling problems.

‘Lucky’ a movie-lover’s farewell to the late Harry Dean Stanton

The beloved character actor’s last film puts him in the leading role. He died last month at 91.

‘Blade Runner 2049’: visually dazzling, but hollow at its core

The sequel to the 1982 classic is a bit hokey and slow, but Harrison Ford is a welcome presence.

Tour New York library with this fly-on-the-wall documentary

“Ex Libris: New York Public Library” by Frederick Wiseman shows us how today’s library system works.

Judi Dench once again portrays the queen in ‘Victoria Abdul’

The new film is drawn from another period in the royal life, years after the events of “Mrs. Brown.”

Tom Cruise revises his ‘Top Gun’ persona in ‘American Made’

The movie star does a little re-branding of his most identifiable role in this based-on-fact film.

‘Friend Request’ a horror flick about the dangers of Facebook

Though it’s a little behind the times, Simon Verhoeven’s film about social media is effectively done.

Ben Stiller was born to play title character in ‘Brad’s Status’

Writer-director Mike White’s script has plenty of Brad’s voiceover, so this movie feels like a novel.

Spy comedy ’Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is laugh-out-loud funny

It’s a superficial but energetic sequel to the 2014 film about a clandestine British secret service.

Oh, the horrors! ‘mother’ an exhausting carnival of chaos

What is “mother!”? The coy publicity for this non-capitalized movie hasn’t revealed much. Well, it’s a horror movie for sure, although not much like the… Continue reading

‘Rebel in the Rye’: Ham-handed approach hampers Salinger biopic

‘Rebel in the Rye” is not as terrible as its title, so we can say that for it. Given that its subject had a razor-sharp… Continue reading

Fall film preview: The Herald’s movie critic has the lineup

The bubble gum of summer has lost its flavor, which means the fall movie season is brightly packaged, ready to be consumed. This allegedly means… Continue reading

‘Crown Heights’ tells an American nightmare from behind bars

‘Crown Heights” won the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. That’s a pretty good call by the audience, given… Continue reading

‘Trip to Spain’ funniest yet of the traveling comedy series

“You Light Up My Life” was the 1977 victor — and the category… Continue reading