A Cure for Wellness

NEW YORK (CNS) — The Swiss spa that serves as the primary setting for the creepy, but otherwise pointless horror exercise “A Cure for Wellness” (Fox) operates, … Read More

Moonlight

NEW YORK — Considered as an exploration of the African-American experience in contemporary society, writer-director Barry Jenkins’ powerfully understated drama “Moonlight” (A24) makes a compelling statement. As … Read More

The Space Between Us

NEW YORK — Moral blemishes mar the science fiction-tinged romance “The Space Between Us” (STX), making it unsuitable for youngsters and teens. Dramatically, director Peter Chelsom and … Read More

The Founder

NEW YORK  — In chronicling the early history of McDonald’s, “The Founder” (Weinstein) makes compelling food for thought, if not exactly a happy meal. The drama is … Read More

20th Century Women

NEW YORK — The moral compass in “20th Century Women” (A24), writer-director Mike Mills’ rambling, unfiltered drama — loosely based on his adolescence in 1970s Santa Barbara, … Read More

Live by Night

NEW YORK (CNS) — The glossy crime drama “Live by Night” (Warner Bros.) traces the rise of Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck, who also wrote and directed), a … Read More

Patriots Day

NEW YORK (CNS) — While “Patriots Day” (Lionsgate) is an effective dramatization of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath, the film is also an … Read More

La La Land

NEW YORK — Though it’s set in present-day Los Angeles, the comedy-drama “La La Land” (Lionsgate) takes a spirited stab at reviving the musicals of Hollywood’s golden … Read More

Manchester by the Sea

NEW YORK — At the center of filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan’s drama “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside) lays a crushed soul flawlessly embodied by actor Casey Affleck. Affleck’s … Read More

Passengers

NEW YORK — Science fiction becomes the springboard for a study of selfishness, sin and the possibility of forgiveness in “Passengers” (Sony). While this tale about a … Read More