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'Logan' claws its way to the top of box office charts

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Logan” may be Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal of iconic X-Men character Wolverine, but the man with the adamantium claws isn’t going out without a fight. The film earned an estimated $85.3 million from Friday to Monday, obliterating its box office competition and relegating...

True/False: ‘Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun,’ a family race inquiry that challenges in several mediums

The art forms of film and theater don’t often overlap. With the exception of the occasional adaptation — and the even more occasional filmed play — what happens on stage stays on the stage. Ditto for the screen. Travis Wilkerson is keen to break down those barriers, along with a few others. The...

Indonesian fight drama 'Headshot's' story can't sustain its gratuitous violence

Indonesian action and martial arts films have been on the rise since Welsh director Gareth Evans’ “The Raid” made a splash in the U.S. in 2012. “Headshot” is a natural extension of that trend, written and directed by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, known as the Mo Brothers. Evans produced their...

Disney offers up first look of Emily Blunt in 'Mary Poppins Returns'

Wanted: A nanny for three adorable children. And here she is. Disney offered up a glimpse of actress Emily Blunt in costume as the legendary Mary Poppins for its upcoming sequel, "Mary Poppins Returns," which floats into theaters on Christmas Day in 2018. (A jolly holiday, indeed!) In the image,...

'We just want Hollywood to hear us': Film students on the future of their craft

“Moonlight,” a film about the journey of a gay black man, won Oscars for best picture, adapted screenplay and supporting actor. “Fences,” the story of a black family in 1950’s Pittsburgh won for supporting actress. “Hidden Figures,” based on the true story of black women mathematicians who helped...

‘Moonlight,’ 'Spotlight’ and the shadow of a new best-picture era

The Oscars’ best-picture winners tend to come in waves, sometimes in keeping with the culture but almost certainly in tune with trends in the movie industry. After all, its denizens are the ones who vote for them. The early 1970s saw “The French Connection,” “The Sting” and two “Godfather” movies...

Young gay man struggles after 'reparative' therapy in wrenching drama 'Fair Haven'

The often emotionally wrenching drama “Fair Haven” pushes back against the faulty practice of ex-gay conversion therapy without turning overly didactic or heavy-handed. It’s a testament to Jack Bryant’s lovely script and Kerstin Karlhuber’s thoughtful direction that this controversial concept is...

Dolph Lundgren is back having fun in the horror-comedy 'Don't Kill It'

Like many of his ’80s action-hero peers, Dolph Lundgren has survived in show business for decades because he’s smarter and more sneakily witty than his burly build suggests. And as the star and executive producer of the horror-comedy “Don’t Kill It,” Lundgren has made one of his most entertaining...

Thriller 'Lavender' looks and sounds (and probably smells) great, but story falls flat

As long as writer-director Ed Gass-Donnelly’s psychological thriller, “Lavender,” raises questions instead of answering them, the film is effectively atmospheric with a polished visual style, an eerie score and a strong cast all doing plenty to hold the audience’s attention. It’s only when the...

'The Women's Balcony,' 'Moonlight' and more critics' picks, March 3-9

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review. Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,...

In the dark satire 'Catfight,' Sandra Oh and Anne Heche go for the jugular

The enjoyably nasty satire “Catfight” doesn’t pull its punches, literally or figuratively. The blows between two former friends land with the type of force — and sound effects — usually associated with action movies.  Similarly, the film itself doesn’t hold back in attacking a wide range of targets...

You've never seen anything like the retro-disco-horror-musical-mermaid tale 'The Lure' — and it's in Polish

Like a retro-disco nightmare after eating too much seafood and watching “The Little Mermaid,” the Polish whatchamacallit “The Lure” is a woozily entrancing mash-up, shimmying by itself in the corner of the horror-musical canon and sure to earn quizzically appreciative stares from genre enthusiasts....

Coming-of-age sports tropes and gritty domestic drama don't quite mesh in well-acted Michael Shannon-starring 'Wolves'

There’s plenty of predatory behavior on display in the impressively acted “Wolves,” a curious if unsuccessful cross-breeding of gritty domestic drama with conventional coming-of-age sports crowd-rouser. While the title primarily refers to the Manhattan high-school basketball team on which Anthony...

Music carries dreams amid Palestinian-Israeli conflict in powerful hip-hop drama 'Junction 48'

Playing somewhat like a Middle Eastern “8 Mile,” Udi Aloni’s “Junction 48” is an immersive fictionalized portrait of an aspiring rapper struggling to find his voice amid the constant din of long-festering Arab-Israeli tensions. Kareem (real-life Palestinian rap artist Tamer Nafar, whose experiences...

Female friendship is given quiet depth in So-yong Kim's 'Lovesong'

Director So-yong Kim delivers her fourth feature film with a delicately wrought exploration of female friendship and intimacy in “Lovesong,” starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone. Keough plays Sarah, a young mother to Jessie, and lonely wife to Dean (Cary Joji Fukunaga). She hosts her college pal...

Anna Kendrick waits on 'Table 19,' but it isn't worth her time or yours

The comic bit that kicks off “Table 19” finds a young woman named Eloise (Anna Kendrick) agonizing over her oldest friend’s wedding invitation. She checks “no” on the RSVP card. Then she scratches it out and marks “yes” instead. Then she sets fire to the damn thing. Then she mails it in anyway,...

Co-star/co-director James Franco's gothic thriller 'The Institute' is more silly than chilly

The main achievement of “The Institute” is that its cast kept straight faces long enough to shoot this risible gothic chiller. Although the film’s lurid story is said to be based on true events, the telling here feels less than authentic. In 1893 Baltimore, wealthy young Isabel Porter (Allie Gallerani),...

'Keep Quiet' follows man's journey from open anti-Semite to Orthodox Jew

As its name suggests, "Keep Quiet" is a somber, careful documentary, but despite its measured tone its subject matter is wall to wall disturbing. That's because the film's subject, Csanad Szegedi, though only 34, has already had a life story as unlikely as it is unsettling. After rising to public...

Indie comedy 'Donald Cried' is tense, funny and melancholic — an empathetically awkward 'Man-Child by the Sea'

Hard swings between pity and exasperation form the backbone of writer/director/star Kris Avedisian’s “Donald Cried,” a queasy indie comedy about a boyhood friendship that is cringey and disaster-prone when haphazardly dredged up again 20 years later. On a trip back to the snow-covered, lower middle...

Adolescence is no nirvana in '90s-set indie drama 'As You Are'

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte makes his feature directorial debut with the striking, haunting exploration of teen angst and sexuality, “As You Are,” co-written with Madison Harrison. Joris-Peyrafitte uses the early 1990s as the background for this tale of a deadly love triangle, where jealously cuts in...

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