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Henry Cavill on the secrets of Superman's return in 'Justice League'

By now it’s likely not a spoiler to reveal that “Justice League” includes the return of Superman, who sacrificed himself to save humanity at the end of 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” That film, which was generally regarded as overly dark and somewhat unwieldy, gave audiences a version...

Box office: 'Justice League' brings down the hammer on 'Thor'

In a superhero showdown, the combined forces of Warner Bros.' "Justice League" was enough to topple "Thor: Ragnarok" from the top spot on the box office charts, despite a soft opening for the DC Comics mash-up. "Justice League" grossed an estimated $96 million, according to figures from measurement...

Indie Focus: Studying character with 'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman' and 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. It’s easy to get cynical about awards season. Last weekend’s Governors Awards ceremony set in motion what soon will be a conveyor belt of accolades, as the machinery of the season grinds...

Olivia Munn doesn't understand why anyone is still working with Brett Ratner

It should have been a proud moment. After enduring what she described as sexual harassment by Brett Ratner, Olivia Munn felt she had finally shared her story, on the record and in the proper context. Munn was one of six women who told The Times in a Nov. 1 report that they had been the victims...

For master producer Charles D. King, success lies in thinking Macro with diverse stories

The company behind "Mudbound" and "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is serious about creating inclusive opportunities in Hollywood both behind and in front of the camera.

Noël Wells proves you can go home again in her insightful comedy 'Mr. Roosevelt'

On its surface, “Mr. Roosevelt” could simply appear to be a well-made freshman film from an actor-comedian, one of many indie comedies about returning home. However, writer, director and star Noël Wells doesn’t just focus on her laugh-out-loud funny performance or insightful script: she displays...

Icelandic supernatural noir 'I Remember You' mines setting for moody malevolence

Nordic authors have penned some of the most memorable crime fiction of the 21st century, telling stories about appalling real-world evil with clinical detail. Writer-director Óskar Thór Axelsson’s “I Remember You” (adapted from a novel by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir) couples the matter-of-fact approach...

Ill-timed, tone-deaf 'Almost Friends' gets romance all wrong

The painfully tone-deaf coming-of-age romance “Almost Friends” feels like a relic of a bygone era, when movies could casually present stalking and coercion as acceptable forms of courtship. Written and directed by Jake Goldberger without seeing the “nice guy”-style entitlement for the toxic, outdated...

Alex Gibney revisits the Irish Troubles in his angry true-crime doc 'No Stone Unturned'

On June 18, 1994, two masked men armed with assault rifles entered a pub in Loughinisland, a village in County Down, Northern Ireland, where locals had gathered to watch the Irish Republic trounce Italy in the World Cup. The assailants opened fire, killing six patrons, all of them Catholic men,...

'Revolt' delivers a swift, satisfying alien invasion

It’s the end of the world as we know it — once again — in “Revolt,” a propulsive, no-nonsense sci-fi thriller that’s far more watchable than its generic title may imply. Joe Miale, who co-wrote with Rowan Athale, makes a sturdy feature directing debut with this futuristic tale of an American soldier...

Swiss women get the vote (in 1971!) in drama 'The Divine Order'

The spark igniting the gentle blaze of “The Divine Order,” Switzerland’s submission to the foreign-language Oscar race, is a jaw-dropping historical fact: In 1971, Swiss women were still fighting for the right to vote. Focusing on the collective awakening of the housewives in an Alpine village,...

'The Breadwinner' is a striking and affecting animated film set in modern Kabul

In its power and its beauty, "The Breadwinner” reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children. Set in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul in 2001, the waning days of Taliban rule, "The Breadwinner" does have an 11-year-old girl as its protagonist,...

'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman,' 'The Breadwinner' and other movie picks for Nov. 17

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Battle of the Sexes This enjoyable and entertaining film, with the gifted and innately likable actors Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, respectively, is most involving when it deals not with sports...

Uninspired parallel lives drama 'Destined' falls on clichés

The tortured melodrama “Destined” has a peculiar way with the road-not-traveled scenario that “Sliding Doors” deployed to similarly underwhelming effect. A Detroit projects kid’s brief mix-up with drug dealers jumps forward and splits into two parallel narratives, one in which a grown Rasheed (Cory...

Stale mockumentary 'Cook Off!' misses its mark

Wafting into theaters after sitting on the back burner for the last decade, “Cook Off!” is a shrill, gloppy mess of a mockumentary being served up well past its “best before” date — if there ever actually were one. Set against the overheated backdrop of the fictional Van Rookle Farms’ annual cooking...

Jena Malone shines in Victorian sexual repression thriller 'Angelica'

Writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein will always have a tough time topping “Teeth,” the sensational body-horror film he released to critical acclaim a decade ago. But Lichtenstein gets close to matching that cult favorite with “Angelica,” a Victorian gothic melodrama that — like “Teeth” — features...

Denzel Washington's remarkable performance in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' isn't helped by plot

In his four-decade-long career, Denzel Washington has played heroes and villains, ministers and miscreants and everything in between. "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is not like any of them, not even close. To call the title character idiosyncratic and eccentric is not the half of it. Overweight, ungainly,...

Middle east comedy 'Holy Air' provides clever, melancholic take on religion and commerce

A baggy-eyed comedy of blinkered hope and sad cynicism, “Holy Air” offers up a present-day Nazareth that is a commodity-minded haven for international pilgrims, but a homeland of diminishing opportunity for a modern-minded Arab Israeli Christian family man. Writer-director Shady Srour plays Adam,...

'The Star' wraps new animated view of Nativity tale in unremarkable storytelling

Most of us are familiar with the biblical story of the Nativity — the dramatic birth of Jesus, tucked away in a barn with Mary and Joseph, the three kings with their frankincense and myrrh. It's a tale we see displayed every Christmas season on lawns and mantels around the world. But what if we...

An uplifting refugee tale, the documentary 'Soufra' illuminates a bigger picture

The uplifting documentary “Soufra,” directed by Thomas A. Morgan, demonstrates how food can be a conduit for a community engagement, intercultural communication and an important livelihood for marginalized peoples. The film tells the incredible story of Mariam, a woman born and raised in the Bourj...

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