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


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


NEW YORK — “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight) is more of a passionate meditation on the nature of a first lady’s fame than a historical drama about Jacqueline Kennedy … Read More

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

NEW YORK  — With “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” last year’s promising reignition of the iconic franchise, “The Force Awakens,” gains a worthy — and equally … Read More

Office Christmas Party

NEW YORK — Cubicle drones cuts loose in “Office Christmas Party” (Paramount). The result is a sleazy soiree, an “Animal House” toga wingding for the spreading-middle and … Read More


NEW YORK — Evangelical Christian faith hovers in the background of the holiday-themed drama “Believe” (Freestyle). Though not as rose-colored in its outlook as some religiously-inspired projects, … Read More

Bad Santa 2

NEW YORK — As soul-deadening as its squalid urban setting, “Bad Santa 2” (Broad Green) attempts to mine laughs out of human degradation. As he did in … Read More