NEW YORK  — British author Daphne du Maurier’s bestselling 1938 gothic novel “Rebecca” has been dramatized multiple times over the years, most memorably in the 1940 movie … Read More

The War With Grandpa

NEW YORK  — Humor goes AWOL during “The War With Grandpa” (101 Studios). While director Tom Hill’s flimsy comedy, adapted from Robert Kimmel Smith’s novel for children, … Read More

Yellow Rose

NEW YORK — “Yellow Rose” (Sony) is meant to be an inspiring immigrant’s saga with a particular appeal to teen girls. A scene of underage drinking nudges … Read More


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