• Joker

    Joker

    One star belongs to Marc Maron’s cameo.

  • The Darkest Minds

    The Darkest Minds

    ★★

    Going to the latest dystopian YA novel adaptation used to feel more like escapist fare. These movies had fantastical scenarios where teenagers discovered who they were and how they could fix the messed-up world around them. But the times have changed, and the stories haven’t. The narratives that once elevated the act of surviving adolescence into a hero’s journey now feel stale. With so much anxiety about the future in the real world, we don’t need entertainment to transport us into a dystopian one.

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    The star is for Benicio del Toro's guayabera.

  • Game Over, Man!

    Game Over, Man!

    A dumbed-down “Die Hard” tribute debuting on Netflix, Kyle Newacheck’s “Game Over, Man!” is a movie full of bodily fluids and violence, centered on three dopey hotel housekeepers with terrible ideas of how to achieve their ideas of getting rich who choose the worst possible time to pitch one of their harebrained ideas to a playboy investor — just as a well-armed squad of thieves takes over the high-rise where they work. “Boys will be boys,” says their boss in an early scene, laughing off their unprofessional behavior. But their conduct does not improve, and neither does this action comedy riddled with pop culture references.

  • Paradox

    Paradox

    ★★

    Trading the spotlight for the director’s chair, Daryl Hannah teams up with her partner, musician Neil Young, to helm a fantasy western musical. Made between Young’s tour stops, Paradox is a chance for Hannah to experiment with film-making and a behind-the-scenes look at Young rehearsing with his band, Promise of the Real. It’s a wild journey that is difficult for outsiders to follow if they’re new to either her activist career or to Young’s music.

    Most of 'Paradox' features collage…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    "Unfortunately, 'Ready Player One' has a noticeable girl problem: it can’t see female characters as just other people. For as skilled and resourceful as Art3mis/Samantha (Olivia Cooke) is, her avatar is that of an impossible pixie dream girl – a creature with a svelte body, anime-inspired big eyes, weapons training and the person who knows and loves almost every reference Wade makes. Of course, she’s damaged with a birthmark on her face, and he’s the only nice guy who can see that she’s truly beautiful. Samantha is the artificially programmed Eve to Wade’s Adam, but worse because she never gets the chance to sin."

  • Blockers

    Blockers

    ★★★½

    Blockers is similar to 'Superbad,' but made from the perspective of overprotective parents. The premise is ripe for spoofing and commenting on the latest parenting crazes and paranoia. The kids are relatively normal: unsure, insecure, trying to act older than they are. That sense of normalcy is echoed in the film’s setting and look.

    It’s an idealized version of an upper-middle class life, now with interracial couples and parents with healthy sex lives. There’s nothing visually out of the ordinary…

  • Ophelia

    Ophelia

    "To be, or not to be empowered? That is the question this insecure movie attempts to answer. Over the years, Ophelia has come to symbolize love’s maddening power, but this Ophelia doesn’t quite shy away from that narrative. Instead, the film tries to refashion it as a moment of empowerment not victimhood. It’s not unlike the Kristen Stewart movie, Snow White and the Huntsman. These former damsels are given agency to change their stories, but the result is a lukewarm fanfiction tale with different costumes."

  • Hollow in the Land

    Hollow in the Land

    ★★★

    "Alison closely resembles Jennifer Lawrence’s character in 'Winter’s Bone,' another self-sufficient young woman whose family and community turn against her. This movie is not as tense, but it gets close thanks to Ms. Agron’s resolute performance and the movie’s hostile small town setting. "

  • Contemporary Color

    Contemporary Color

    ★★½

    It's gorgeous, but unless you have an interest in color guard and the artists performing, it may try your patience.

  • Santa & Andres

    Santa & Andres

    ★★★★

    "The setting of Carlos Lechuga’s Cuban drama 'Santa & Andrés' is a world away from the bustling Havana so often seen on travel shows. The natural beauty of unruly mountains, endless greenery and coasts outlined by white sand makes the eastern half of Cuba look like a timeless paradise. But what is paradise for some is a political prison for others, and that world is where the movie’s lead characters meet."

  • Dream Boat

    Dream Boat

    ★★★

    Some of the tougher interviews suggest that Mr. Milewski would like “Dream Boat” to be more substantial, but that impulse is mostly kept at bay in favor of lighter scenes, like high-heel races around the pool, costume ball preparations and all-night dance parties that give way to poolside flirting. The need to capture so many different perspectives dilutes the intensity of some of the men’s feelings of loneliness and fear of rejection.