NEW YORK — During Advent, Catholics are invited to look for ways to prepare spiritually for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Experiencing the gentleness of God … Read More

Knives Out

NEW YORK — As the days of 2019 dwindle down to a precious few, we’re unlikely to see the year produce a more richly entertaining film than … Read More

Frozen II

NEW YORK — Both the filmmakers and the central voice cast of the much-loved 2013 original are reunited in “Frozen II” (Disney). They deliver an exuberant animated … Read More

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

NEW YORK — Last year, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” — filmmaker Morgan Neville’s documentary about iconic public television children’s show host Fred Rogers (1928-2003) — achieved … Read More

The Good Liar

NEW YORK — Fans of sophisticated films in which noting explodes, besides initial expectations, will appreciate the suspense yarn “The Good Liar” (Warner Bros.). But, while elegant, … Read More

Doctor Sleep

NEW YORK — In crafting the horror sequel “Doctor Sleep” (Warner Bros.), which follows up on the events recounted in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film, “The Shining” — … Read More

Playing With Fire

NEW YORK  — If your folks warned you against “Playing With Fire” (Paramount), their advice was sound. Though generally harmless, this comedy is so painfully unfunny, it’s … Read More


NEW YORK  — Viewers may marvel at the efficiency and ingenuity it took to get a few authentic jolts into “Countdown” (STX). The movie is part of … Read More

Gemini Man

NEW YORK  — Though it may be named after a heavenly constellation, the sci-fi action-thriller “Gemini Man” (Paramount) turns out to be less than stellar. Tedious in … Read More


NEW YORK — Origin stories of Batman villains don’t get any darker than “Joker” (Warner Bros.) Portrayals of Batman’s archnemesis have spiraled in that direction for years. … Read More