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Movie Review: 'Keeping Up With the Joneses'
Oct 28 2016
Despite its celebration of the lives of honest, decent, maritally committed suburbanites, however, awkward handling causes both the film’s upright message and its humor to fall flat.

Movie Review: “Max Steel”
Oct 20 2016
Yet another action figure leaps off the toy store shelves and onto the big screen in "Max Steel", the coming-of-age chronicle of a Mattel-made superhero.

Movie Review: Queen of Katwe
Oct 13 2016
The glorious "Queen of Katwe" (Disney) applies the traditional formula of an uplifting sports drama to the real-life story of a Ugandan chess prodigy.

Movie Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Oct 06 2016
Director Tim Burton is on his home turf with the gothic fantasy "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (Fox).

Movie Review: “Storks”
Sep 29 2016
Popular culture's relentless drive to portray a homosexual lifestyle as merely one more form of diversity and its view of out-of-wedlock motherhood as a respectable choice, at least for mature women, mars the otherwise unobjectionable animated comedy "Storks" (Warner Bros.)

Movie Review: Snowden
Sep 21 2016
Holed up in a Hong Kong hotel on the eve of his epochal leak, Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) recalls the events of his life.

Movie Review: 'Sully'
Sep 12 2016
Hanks is in his element conveying the understated heroism of the aviator who landed his plane on the Hudson River.

Movie Review: 'Morgan'
Sep 08 2016
In the “humanoid made from synthetic DNA” genre, “Morgan” omits even an occasional reflection on what it means to have a human moral sense.

Movie Review: 'The Light Between Oceans'
Sep 01 2016
After fighting in World War I, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) returns home to Australia a broken man.

Movie Review: ‘War Dogs’
Aug 25 2016
Two young Florida men become improbable arms merchants in “War Dogs”.

Movie Review: 'Ben-Hur'
Aug 18 2016
The bad news for believers is that, primarily because of a poorly written script, this “Ben-Hur” fails to convince when Wallace’s religious theme comes to the fore.

Movie Review: 'Pete’s Dragon'
Aug 11 2016
The classic boy-and-his-dog story assumes outsized proportions in “Pete’s Dragon”, a warmhearted fantasy adventure suitable for teens and their elders.