NEW YORK — “1917” (Universal) is a great movie about the Great War. By turns harrowing and lyrically beautiful — and deeply humane throughout — director and … Read More

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

NEW YORK — A long time ago, in a world that now seems far, far away — to wit, Earth in spring 1977 — George Lucas wowed … Read More

The Two Popes

NEW YORK — In “The Two Popes” (Netflix), their glossy but highly speculative account of supposedly real events, screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director Fernando Meirelles ill-advisedly try … Read More

Love and Mercy: Faustina

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