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Film Reviews

Review: In concert film ‘Renaissance,’ Beyoncé offers glimpse into personal life during world tour

Beyoncé ran her Renaissance World Tour like a machine. But the superstar singer who is viewed as one of music’s hardest-working performers confesses she’s “not a machine.”

Movie Review: ‘Eileen,’ a wonderful novel about an ‘invisible’ young lady becomes an oddball film

Something strange has happened to Eileen Dunlop, and we don’t just mean the plot of “Eileen.” The adaptation of novelist Ottessa Moshfegh’s delicious coming-of-age heroine has had a weird birth onto film, says ֱ Press critic Mark Kennedy.

Review: Bradley Cooper’s ‘Maestro’ leaves many notes of Bernstein unplayed

Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro,” a high-wire act of a biopic, leaps constantly between on stage and off, flying through Leonard Bernstein’s very public life as a conductor while diving into his more private marriage to Felicia Montealegre.

Movie Review: Emerald Fennell chronicles a promising young man in audacious, shock-filled ‘Saltburn’

Anticipation has been hot for Emerald Fennell’s second feature ever since her bracingly original “Promising Young Woman” won a screenplay Oscar.

Movie Review: Disney’s musical fairy tale ‘Wish’ is beautiful, but lacking magic

Chris Pine voices King Magnifico, the ruler of the Kingdom of Rosas who has the ability to grant wishes to his subjects in “Wish,” the new Disney Animation musical in theaters Tuesday.

Movie Review: ‘Fallen Leaves’ is deadpan nirvana

In a movie year rife with grand, three-hour opuses from auteur filmmakers comes a slender 81-minute gem that outclasses them all.

Review: In Ridley Scott’s ‘Napoleon,’ the emperor has no clothes but plenty of ego

This Napoleon, as played by Joaquin Phoenix, isn’t extraordinary nor is he much of a man.

Movie Review: Emotional complexity, melodramatic wit and masterful acting in ‘May December’

Natalie Portman plays an actress researching a real-life subject for a role in Todd Haynes’ “May December.”

Movie Review: Taika Waititi’s ‘Next Goal Wins’ is a sweet, frothy diversion but no knee slide

In “Next Goal Wins,” a soccer coach comes from far away to lead a hapless group of athletes. He’s a fish-out-of-water type, ill-suited for the job, but rises to the occasion and everyone feels good at the end.

Review: The Hunger Games return in ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,’ with the odds in its favor

Two hours and 37 minutes is pretty long for a “ballad,” but you can’t call it “The Hunger Games: The Three-Cycle Opera of Songbirds and Snakes” now, can you?

Movie Review: Nicolas Cage finds fame to be highly overrated in chillingly funny ‘Dream Scenario’

Nicolas Cage, perhaps best known for his onscreen volatility, takes a fascinating swerve to play a mundane, schlubby, balding professor at nowhere famous in Kristoffer Borgli’s “Dream Scenario.”

Movie Review: Iman Vellani is a scene-stealer in low-stakes ‘The Marvels’

Nia DaCosta joins the Marvel Universe with “The Marvels,” sequel to 2019’s “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson, Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris.

Movie Review: In David Fincher’s ‘The Killer,’ an assassin hides in plain sight

“The Killer” is a terse, minimalist thriller in the cool, cold-hearted tradition of Jean Pierre Melville’s “Le Samouraï.”

Movie Review: In ‘Radical,’ an unorthodox teacher in a violent Mexican border town

“Radical” is a conventional but stirring entry in the crowded canon of uplifting educator tales like “Stand and Deliver,” “Lean on Me” and “The Class.”

Movie Review: A serene debut from Raven Jackson in ‘All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt’

Nature provides much of the soundtrack to “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt,” the debut feature from writer-director Raven Jackson.

Movie Review: ‘Rustin’ with an outstanding Colman Domingo is a terrific look at March on Washington

The 1963 March on Washington was a triumph of peaceful protest. It likely wouldn’t have happened without the work of a master strategist: Bayard Rustin, a gay Black socialist and pacifist-activist.

Movie Review: ‘Pain Hustlers’ tells a sadly familiar story with a kitchen-sink style

“Pain Hustlers” tells a tale both familiar and tragic, the latest in a string of films about the opioid crisis.

Movie Review: Video game-to-horror flick ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ misfires badly

Just in time for Halloween comes “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” a video game adaptation with the potential treat of demented Chuck E.

Movie Review: Teen dreams and adult nightmares in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Priscilla’

Dreamily gazing at the album covers of Elvis Presley was not, statistically speaking, a rare habit among American teen girls in the late 1950s and early ’60s.

Movie Review: ‘Persian Version’ finds laughter, tears in Iranian American tale of resilient women

In the autobiographical “The Persian Version,” Maryam Keshavarz chronicles a young woman’s struggle to reconcile two identities: her Iranian heritage and her current American life as an aspiring filmmaker who longs to be an Iranian Martin Scorsese.

Movie Review: A holiday movie with some bite in Alexander Payne’s ‘The Holdovers’

“Sideways” filmmaker Alexander Payne brings audiences to a New England boarding school in 1970 in “The Holdovers,” about three lonely and mismatched souls stuck together over Christmas break.

Movie Review: Netflix’s ‘Old Dads’ is a recycling of PC grievances and a Bill Burr career nadir

The new Netflix movie “Old Dads” has a title problem, says ֱ Press critic Mark Kennedy. He says it really should be called “Old Dads Raging at Paper Straws.”

Movie Review: In ‘Nyad,’ Jodie Foster swims away with a showcase for Annette Bening

In “Nyad,” there are two feats of perseverance on display. First, there is the ceaseless determination of Diana Nyad, played by Annette Bening, to accomplish a marathon swim from Cuba to Florida across 110 miles of open, shark-infested waters.

Movie Review: Cornwell/le Carré, through Errol Morris’ lens, in riveting ‘The Pigeon Tunnel’

David Cornwell, better known by his pen name John le Carré, was the spy-turned-novelist whose erudite tales of espionage and betrayal defined an era, gave literary heft to a genre and inspired numerous adaptations.

Movie Review: Scorsese’s epic ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is sweeping tale of greed, richly told

There tends to be lots of fast talking and fast moving in Martin Scorsese films. But in his elegant, masterfully told “Killers of the Flower Moon,” everything seems to slow down, especially when the camera lands on Lily Gladstone.

Movie Review: In the elated ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,’ every seat is the best seat in the house

The hypnotic “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” film is a near exact replica of her blockbuster concert performance, which recaps all 10 of her studio albums across 17 years of recorded work.

Movie Review: In ‘Anatomy of a Fall,’ a sharp courtroom drama that will end relationships

Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or-winning film “Anatomy of a Fall” finds a writer on trial for the suspicious death of her husband.

Movie Review: In ‘Fair Play,’ a battle of the sexes on Wall Street

Since its hit arrival at the Sundance Film Festival, “Fair Play” has been hailed for reviving the long-dormant-but-often-missed erotic thriller.

Movie Review: Jamie Foxx leads a crowd-pleasing courtroom drama in ‘The Burial’

Jamie Foxx plays a slick personal injury lawyer who finds himself in over his head when he’s recruited for a contract case in “The Burial.”

Movie Review: ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ doesn’t desecrate the original but it won’t compel you

There may be no holier ground in horror than “The Exorcist.” As endlessly as William Friedkin’s 1973 film has been ripped off and resurrected, its power remains unalloyed.

Movie Review: Check out ‘The Royal Hotel’ but don’t linger in this subtle horror flick

“The Royal Hotel” is a horror movie but don’t expect any jump-cuts, scary masks or serial killers. It’s more like the dawning horror a frog gets when it realizes it is being boiled alive.

Movie Review: Her voice is lower, but Joan Baez has songs to sing and secrets to tell in new doc

Joan Baez was once a teenager with a guitar around her neck singing “We Shall Overcome.” She was singing about civil rights of course, but we learn in the new documentary “Joan Baez: I Am a Noise” just how much the celebrated folk singer needed to overcome in her own life: anxiety, depression, lonel

Movie Review: Humans take a back seat in the stunning AI, sci-fi epic ‘The Creator’

Director and co-writer Gareth Edwards takes on Artificial Intelligence in the new film “The Creator,” releasing in theaters nationswide Friday.

Movie Review: Documentary ‘Carlos’ is a loving, respectful portrait of guitar god Santana

The documentary “Carlos” is a traditional linear tale, tracing rock icon Carlos Santana’s formative years in Tijuana, Mexico, his set at Woodstock, his dive into spirituality and his triumphant 1999 “Supernatural” album.

Movie Review: St4llone, St4tham are back in ‘Expend4bles,’ yet another expend4ble sequel

Maybe this was supposed to be the clever new thing about the fourth “Expendables” movie — the title has the number “4” embedded in the word. Nice try, guys.

Movie review: A star-making turn for Eve Hewson in the feel-good ‘Flora and Son’

John Carney, the Irish filmmaker of “Once,” “Sing Street” and “Begin Again,” makes the movie version of “three chords and the truth.”

Movie Review: An immigrant teen who wants to fit in enters a nightmare in ‘It Lives Inside’

A beautiful Indian American teen, Samidha (Megan Suri), just wants to fit in with her suburban classmates in the new horror “It Lives Inside,” which opens in theaters Friday.

Movie Review: ‘Dumb Money’ recalls GameStop squeeze, when regular folk put the screws on Wall Street

The little guy — or at least the little guy with a few hundred bucks to sink into the stock market — gets a movie to cheer with “Dumb Money,” the real story of a recent financial rebellion that shook Wall Street.

Movie Review: A charming Haley Lu Richardson anchors sappy but sweet rom-com ‘Love at First Sight’

She’s American, charming, chronically late, and her phone is always running out of juice. He’s British, prompt, has a fully charged phone and spouts statistics.

Movie Review: ‘Cassandro,’ with Gael Garcia Bernal as a liberated luchador, is a winner

Anyone who has eagerly followed Gael Garcia Bernal since his breakthrough roles in “Amores Perros” and “Y tu mamá también” likely never foresaw him one day in the world of lucha libra wrestling.

Movie Review: Kenneth Branagh crafts a sumptuously spooky ‘A Haunting in Venice’

Kenneth Branagh indulges in the kind of macabre theatricality that only a crumbling Venetian palazzo on a stormy Halloween night can provide in “A Haunting in Venice,” which co-stars Tina Fey, Kelly Reilly, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill and Camille Cottin.

Movie Review: ‘A Million Miles Away’ charms and inspires with the tale of an unlikely astronaut

If ever there was an inspirational story about reaching for the stars, it’s “A Million Miles Away,” about the real-life journey of how a boy who grew up as a migrant farmworker became a NASA astronaut.

Movie Review: In ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,’ the wedding’s in Greece and the formula feels ancient

When in Greece, all roads lead to ... a wedding. How could they not, in a sequel to Nia Vardalos’ enormously successful rom-com “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”?

Movie Review: Oh, sister, what happened? ‘The Nun II’ is a face-plant horror splat

“The Conjuring” Universe celebrates 10 years in business this fall with the dull “The Nun II,” a movie that seems destined to pound a nail into this franchise’s coffin, says ֱ Press critic Mark Kennedy.

Movie Review: Pinochet as a vampire in surreal, frightening ‘El Conde’

The Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is not dead in Pablo Larraín’s “El Conde.” He is instead a 250-year-old vampire living in semi-exile and wishing for death in this audacious allegory about history’s tendency to repeat itself, shot in sublime, otherworldly black and white, writes Lindsey Bahr in

Movie Review: Denzel Washington’s vigilante battles the Italian mafia in ‘Equalizer 3'

Antoine Fuqua’s “Equalizer 3,” a taut and textured sequel to Washington’s vigilante series, isn’t one of the actor’s best films. It wouldn’t crack his top 10.

Movie Review: ‘Bottoms’ is a gonzo gay high-school comedy that comes out on top

The rites and rituals of the raunchy high-school comedy can be as prescribed as a class syllabus, but what makes Emma Seligman’s “Bottoms” such an anarchic thrill is how it couldn’t care less.

Movie Review: Filmmakers behind biopic ‘Golda,’ starring Helen Mirren, get lost in a swirl of smoke

Golda Meir was many things. She was modern Israel’s first and only female head of government and a wartime prime minister.

Movie Review: ‘Strays’ is furry, foul, filthy, feculent — and occasionally funny

Reggie, a border terrier with an optimistic outlook on life, loves his owner, Doug. Doug despises Reggie.

Review: ‘Blue Beetle’ is a little more than a bug in the superhero system

The young protagonist of “Blue Beetle” is the first Latino superhero in a leading role in a DC film. It’s not just token casting, either.