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


NEW YORK  — “Adorable” has a new synonym: “Abominable” (DreamWorks), a charming animated film which transforms the dreaded Yeti monster — the legendary abominable snowman — into … Read More

Ad Astra

NEW YORK  — The Latin motto from which the compelling sci-fi drama “Ad Astra” (Fox) takes its title assures us that, by persevering through difficulties, we can … Read More

Downton Abbey

NEW YORK — Those who’ve been yearning for a fix of interwar elegance ever since the popular ITV and PBS television series “Downton Abbey” went off the … Read More

It: Chapter Two

NEW YORK — The three-hour tour that went so disastrously wrong for the future denizen of Gilligan’s Island was a mere picnic compared to the patience-trying endurance … Read More

The Peanut Butter Falcon

NEW YORK — Film fans generally and viewers of faith in particular will find much to appreciate in the heartwarming drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (Roadside). Themes … Read More

Angel Has Fallen

NEW YORK  — Good personal values vie with relentless gory combat in “Angel Has Fallen” (Lionsgate). The result is an action sequel that’s too graphic for those … Read More

The Angry Birds Movie 2

NEW YORK — Much feathery fun is packed into “The Angry Birds Movie 2” (Sony), the latest animated installment in the franchise based on the addictive phone … Read More