Movie Review

A young, ambitious talent longs for stardom. Show business swallows their soul — it’s a desperate deal with the devil in exchange for fame and fortune. It’s a tale as old as time, and it’s become one of American popular ...

Simply put, Paul Feig’s “A Simple Favor” aims too high and falls short, as the film attempts to combine two genres that rarely succeed even by themselves: comedy and thriller. Based on the Darcey Bell’s novel, Feig’s mystery thriller stars ...

Elvis Presley’s name is associated with many things, chief among them rock ‘n’ roll royalty and rags-to-riches folklore. The man is undoubtedly American — he’s a symbol of how our nation sees itself in fiction. But America’s truth holds darker ...

After the grim, jaw-dropping ending of May’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” it was only appropriate for Marvel’s next installment to be a small-scale, lighthearted romp where giant ants play drums and Paul Rudd frolics around to the Partridge Family’s “Come On ...

Motherhood, a frequent favorite subject of Hollywood, has been the source of conflict in many a melodrama in film’s early days of glory (see the enduring popularity of stories such as “Mildred Pierce”). But filmmakers — largely male — often ...

This review does contain spoilers. You will be warned when they are coming. The promise of Skyfall was simple: After three films of rebooting and recontextualizing James Bond, the pieces were finally in place for a more traditional James Bond ...

Let me throw out a quick ode to the art of crying in the theater. There are occasional events and the anomalous semi-private room where it’s socially acceptable to cry in public. But anywhere else, a good public cry will ...

Let’s get one thing straight. No matter who your favorite director is, Steven Spielberg is probably better than they are. In saying that, I don’t mean that he always makes better movies, although he has made more stone-cold blockbuster classics ...

George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) often feels like a movie whose impact on the horror genre landscape has overshadowed its actual merits on both an artistic and a thematic level. The year of its release, it was ...