NEW YORK  — While it may not be all its title promises, TV comedian-turned-writer-director Jon Stewart’s clever political satire “Irresistible” (Focus) is certainly appealing. Though couched in … Read More

The High Note

NEW YORK — Glossy and generally upbeat, “The High Note” (Focus), a blend of comedy and drama from director Nisha Ganatra, is a pleasant tune rather than … Read More

The Way Back

NEW YORK — Whose life doesn’t involve a crazy mixture of heartbreak and joy, despair and hope, death and life, weakness and redemption? Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck), … Read More

The Call of the Wild

NEW YORK  — “Never was there such a dog,” says grizzled Yukon explorer John Thornton (Harrison Ford), admiring the antics of Buck, the canine star of “The … Read More

The Photograph

NEW YORK — Aesthetically impressive but morally flawed, “The Photograph” (Universal) is a mature romantic drama leavened with some canny humor. While most of the lessons writer-director … Read More


NEW YORK  — Awkward moments abound in the comedy “Downhill” (Fox Searchlight) while laughs are likely to be far less frequent. In fact, the film’s premise is … Read More

Birds of Prey

NEW YORK — The DC Comics adaptation “Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros.) — which, for the record, carries the exhausting subtitle “(And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One … Read More

Gretel and Hansel

NEW YORK  — “There are things here — bad things.” Yes, well, it is a witch’s house, after all. It’s so perceptive of 16-year-old Gretel (Sophia Lillis) … Read More

The Gentlemen

NEW YORK — Throughout the darkly sophisticated, but sometimes wildly wayward crime saga “The Gentlemen” (STX), writer-director Guy Ritchie keeps his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. … Read More