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'Smurfs' and 'Going in Style' are no match for 'Boss Baby' and 'Beauty'

Luckily, the box-office beating “The Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast” put on Sony’s new release “Smurfs: The Lost Village” couldn’t make the animated gnomes any bluer. The Alec Baldwin-voiced infant with a briefcase took the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row, with an estimated $26.3...

Indie Focus: Struggles between women and men in 'Colossal,' 'Their Finest' and 'Your Name'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Last week I mentioned how the conversation that had popped up around the new “Ghost in the Shell” and that exchange of ideas definitely seems more important, creative and productive...

New video: 'Hidden Figures' is a stand-up-and-cheer kind of movie — in the best way

New on Blu-ray “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) One of last year’s most unexpected smash hits, the Oscar-nominated film is bound to be a staple in high schools for years to come because it illuminates two pieces of American history in a highly...

Director Jason Connery’s new film 'Tommy’s Honour' reflects a love of golf he shares with his famous father

Jason Connery has warm memories of golfing with his father, Sean Connery, when the actor wasn’t off portraying James Bond or starring in such films as 1975’s “The Man Who Would Be King.” And now the younger Connery is back on the links as director of the period drama “Tommy’s Honour,” the 2016...

Bandleader Vincent Giordano is the movie's go-to guy for early jazz

As he began developing the pilot for “Boardwalk Empire,” an HBO series about Atlantic City mobsters in the Roaring ’20s, creator Terence Winter was stumped when it came to designing a period soundtrack. All he heard in his head were endless tape loops of the Charleston and crazy crooners with megaphones....

Armie Hammer fully commits in military thriller 'Mine'

An American soldier confronts near-certain death in the gripping and emotional thriller “Mine,” from writer-directors Fabio Resinaro and Fabio Guaglione, proving once again, war is hell. Anchored by Armie Hammer’s superbly committed performance as Mike, a Marine sniper immobilized for more than...

The women who flipped the hero script, onscreen and off, in ‘Their Finest’

London, 1940, amid the panic of the Blitz: Copywriter Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) has landed a job scripting women’s dialogue for war films at a British ministry desperate to boost the national spirit, when she’s given a plum piece of advice from a co-worker (Sam Claflin) on writing for female...

'The Case for Christ' prioritizes drama over evidence

Lee Strobel became a fundamentalist Christian hero thanks to his 1998 book “The Case for Christ,” chronicling how his dogged research into Jesus’ resurrection helped convert him from atheism. Director Jon Gunn and screenwriter Brian Bird’s film version emphasizes Stobel’s personal drama over his...

Price of laughter in the Mideast made clear in 'Tickling Giants'

“I love sarcasm,” says Bassem Youssef, who wields it with the precision of a scalpel. “It allows me to cut through through people’s facades without spilling any blood.” Once upon a time, when he was a heart surgeon minding his own business saving lives in Cairo, real scalpels were Youssef's only...

The charm — and bite — of 'Their Finest,' a seamless blend of comedy and drama

“Their Finest" is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. Starring a radiant and assured Gemma Arterton,...

How Donald Trump got Jason Reitman and Ellen Page to put on a 'Juno' show

Director Jason Reitman and Ellen Page talk about their 'Juno' live read at L.A.'s Ace Theater and how Donald Trump got Reitman to revive his popular "live read" series for Planned Parenthood.

'Their Finest,' 'Your Name' and more critics' picks for April 7-13

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. After the Storm A sublimely simple family drama from the Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, a filmmaker assured enough to hide his mastery in plain sight. Nothing is overemphasized, and nothing escapes...

'Smurfs: The Lost Village' boasts girl power, but it's all low energy

Hollywood is so enamored of existing intellectual property, sequels, reboots and franchises that a 60-year-old joke from Belgian cartoonist Peyo continues to be recycled, refurbished and redone. Its latest form: “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” “Les Schtroumpfs” were born when Peyo made up a word for...

'The Eyes' confines characters and silly twists into one-room drama

Not every movie about a small group of people stuck in a single room can be as good as “12 Angry Men,” but just about any low-budget filmmaker could learn something from that movie about how to block actors and build a story. Director Robbie Bryan and screenwriter Robert T. Roe’s “The Eyes” is...

Screen treasures Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman can't overcome the implausible in 'Going in Style'

"Going in Style," the story of a trio of bank robbers who are old enough to know better, may not be a federal offense, but it is certainly a misdemeanor. Yes, stars Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are cinematic treasures, and seeing them riff on screen in this generic geriatric exercise...

Slick horror film 'Bethany' exploits its real-life terrors

It’s usually smart when horror movies tie their scares to something relevant, but when handled ham-fistedly, the results can be exploitative. James Cullen Bressack’s “Bethany” is polished, well-acted and filled with memorably disgusting images, but its portrait of a frazzled adult survivor of child...

Canadian horror film 'The Void' delivers the gory goods

The Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6 is responsible for some of the most inventive and entertaining genre pictures of the 2010s; like “Manborg,” “Father’s Day” and “The Editor,” the collective’s latest project, “The Void,” is a lively, layered throwback to the days when splatter auteurs...

Runner finds catharsis in cluttered drama '1 Mile to You'

A teenage track star finds catharsis through running in “1 Mile to You,” an adaptation of Jeremy Jackson’s novel “Life at These Speeds,” written by Marc Novak and directed by Leif Tilden. An all-star supporting cast including Tim Roth, Billy Crudup and Melanie Lynskey surrounds Graham Rogers, as...

Documentary 'Blue Gold: American Jeans' fails to measure up

This directorial debut from Christian D. Bruun looks for the narrative thread in a story about denim, but despite the fabric’s familiarity, most viewers will leave the documentary bored. “Blue Gold: American Jeans” is intermittently engaging, but its attempt to weave together the journey of vintage...

Werner Herzog travels to Arabian lands and Bolivian loopiness in 'Queen of the Desert,' 'Salt and Fire'

“Soldier of cinema” Werner Herzog has been making documentaries for as long as he’s made fiction films. But in the last decade, it’s been the nonfiction forays — among them the strange and tragic “Grizzly Man,” the wondrous “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” and two last year alone — that have put the...

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