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HBO's 'The Young Pope' repels more than it engages
Jan 20 2017
Saddled with a cartoonish view of the church, and driven by the urge to be edgy, “The Young Pope” repels more than it engages.

Movie Review: 'La La Land'
Jan 10 2017
Though it’s set in present-day Los Angeles, the comedy-drama “La La Land” takes a spirited stab at reviving the musicals of Hollywood’s golden age.

Movie Review: 'Manchester by the Sea'
Jan 05 2017
At the center of filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan’s drama “Manchester by the Sea” lays a crushed soul flawlessly embodied by actor Casey Affleck.

Movie Review: ‘Silence’
Dec 28 2016
Director Martin Scorcese's latest explores Jesuits in 17th-century Japan, where persecution of Christians rages.

Movie Review: 'Passengers'
Dec 22 2016
Science fiction becomes the springboard for a study of selfishness, sin and the possibility of forgiveness in “Passengers” (Sony).

Names and Numbers: Christmas wish list includes books, CD
Dec 13 2016
Just in time for Christmas gift lists, the latest installment of Names and Numbers features books and a CD.

Cassian (Diego Luna), Jyn (Felicity Jones) and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) plot to thwart the Empire’s plans in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” (Courtesy Walt Disney Studios) Movie Review: 'Rogue One'
Dec 13 2016
“Rogue One” is so full of characters and other visual elements that perhaps more than one viewing is advisable to experience it all.

Movie Review: 'Loving'
Dec 08 2016
“Loving” (Focus), the fact-based story behind a landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision, is so restrained and decorous, that it nearly obscures the historical significance of the events it recounts.

Movie Review: ‘Moana’
Dec 01 2016
The same tropical setting that provided the backdrop for the 1949 musical "South Pacific" now lends its exotic flavor to the animated Disney feature "Moana".

Movie Review: 'Arrival'
Nov 17 2016
This unusually intimate science-fiction drama finds profundity on a human scale as well as in the cosmos.

Movie Review: 'Trolls'
Nov 10 2016
This loopy but charming animated comedy makes enjoyable viewing for a wide range of age groups, excluding only the very youngest.

Movie Review: 'Hacksaw Ridge'
Nov 06 2016
"Hacksaw Ridge" recounts the extraordinary heroism of Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) during the Battle of Okinawa in the closing days of World War II.