Searching

NEW YORK — Those on the lookout for an above-average thriller boasting both surprising plot developments and upright basic values will probably be pleased with “Searching” (Screen … Read More

Kin

NEW YORK — As scripted by Daniel Casey and directed by brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker, “Kin” (Summit), a gritty but somewhat intriguing crime thriller with an … Read More

A.X.L.

NEW YORK — OK, so there’s this experimental robotic war dog, very high tech, that’s been developed for the military by an evil (of course) corporation. But, … Read More

Eighth Grade

NEW YORK — From a moral point of view, “Eighth Grade” (A24), a low-key, moving blend of comedy and drama, is a bit of a paradox. As … Read More

The Happytime Murders

NEW YORK — Occasionally, as in “The Happytime Murders” (STX), filmmakers become enamored of the idea of foul-mouthed, sexualized puppets, as if no one had considered this … Read More

Operation Finale

NEW YORK — World War II movies are their own genre but not many film stories are told from the Jewish perspective. “Operation Finale” (MGM) corrects that … Read More

Mile 22

NEW YORK — The sloppy, toxic mix of gunfire, explosions and cursing that is “Mile 22” (STX) makes it difficult to endure and impossible to recommend. Dialogue … Read More

Alpha

NEW YORK — The oft-repeated tale of a boy and his dog is as old as time — or at least the last Ice Age, the intriguing … Read More