Another Brick in the Wall

Another Brick in the Wall

The LEGO Ninjago Movie delivers fun family action, but can't quite rise to the level of its predecessors
It's easy to feel like everyone hates you in high school; teenage hormones and angst always get the better of you. But in the case of Lloyd, The LEGO Ninjago Movie's protagonist, those feelings are totally justified.

Shocking Awe

Kingsman: The Golden Circle amps up its spectacle and cruder comic-book elements for round two
Kingsman: The Golden Circle doesn't pussyfoot around. It takes about one minute for the movie to launch into a full-blown, high-speed chase through the streets of London that includes cybernetic limbs, hand-to-hand combat, acrobatics, a Gatling gun, gadgets and missile fire.

oh, brother!

Darren Aronofsky's artsy, surreal psychodrama mother! thinks it's an allegory about the exploitation of women, but it's exploitation itself
I cannot recall the last time a film made me as angry as Darren Aronofsky's mother! has.

Not Clowning Around

The first big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's epic It is a solid, if unremarkable, exploration of childhood horrors
Stephen King's 1986 novel It remains the prolific author's wooziest, most sprawling deconstruction of small-town America's thinly veiled moral decay. It's an epic fable about a force of shapeshifting, supernatural evil that haunts the fictional hamlet of Derry, Maine, and the group of social outcasts (self-dubbed the Losers' Club) that team up to fight it, first as kids and then years later as adults.

Unorthodox Orthodoxy

The narrative debut of a documentarian, Menashe is an empathetic character study with a vivid sense of place
Menashe tells the gentle, carefully observed story of a man caught between strict social constructs and his own paternal instincts. Its basic building blocks suggest the sort of plot we've seen many times before, but its vivid backdrop makes this one different: It's set in the bustling Orthodox Jewish community of Brooklyn's Borough Park, and like many of its inhabitants, it never steps beyond the perimeter of the neighborhood.

Midlife Crisis

The preposterous rom-com Home Again is basically a Pottery Barn catalog brought to life
Alice Kinney spends the morning of her 40th birthday crying in the bathroom. Of course she does — that's what women do — and Alice (Reese Witherspoon) has so much to be sad about.

Comedy à la Carte

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon eat and joke their way through The Trip to Spain
The Trip to Spain is an esteemed member of the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" school of cinema. It's the third entry in a series that started in 2010, and it follows the exact same premise of its previous two installments: British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing slightly fictionalized versions of themselves, travel through a country reviewing a number of high-end restaurants.

Run All Night

Good Time makes great cinema out of bad decisions
There is one quiet scene in Good Time, and it's the first, as Nick Nikas (co-director Benny Safdie) is asked to play word association with a social services psychiatrist. Nick is developmentally disabled; the psychiatrist is (likely) court-appointed.

#Single White Female

The dark comedy Ingrid Goes West takes aim at the Instagram generation
Aimless, jobless and now motherless, Ingrid Thorburn meanders around her empty house in a near-comatose daze after being released from her well-earned stay at a mental health facility.

Cry Wilderness

Wind River, the latest from Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan, is a grimy revenge story disguised as a noble social statement
It would be easy to mistake Wind River's earnestness for nobility. It's the kind of movie that appears to have its heart in the right place, though it becomes clear by its third act that it doesn't possess the courage of its own convictions.

The Unusual Suspects

Steven Soderbergh comes out of retirement for the breezy, Southern-fried heist comedy Logan Lucky
Steven Soderbergh tried to retire a few years ago, but it didn't take. Perhaps he can relate to Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), the lovable West Virginian ne'er-do-well at the center of Logan Lucky who tries to make an honest living, but keeps coming back to the bullet-pointed plan for robbing a bank that's posted on his kitchen wall.

Family Ties

Jeannette Walls' bestselling memoir gets the Hollywood treatment, bolstered by a trio of sterling performances
The studios have made a habit of calling promising indie filmmakers up to the majors in a big way, resulting in some notable big-budget crash-and-burns — looking at you, Josh Trank (Fantastic Four) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin's Creed). Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton provides a different case study.

Voodoo Doll

Annabelle: Creation is the latest horror franchise entry to rely more on cheap jump scares than atmosphere
Annabelle: Creation might be the first ever prequel to a prequel. The bulk of the film takes place 12 years before the events of Annabelle (2014), which was itself a prelude to the goings-on in 2013's The Conjuring, and it fills a bunch of the gaps in the origin story of that creepy porcelain doll.

Cinematic Wasteland

Stephen King's magnum opus finally comes to the screen: The Dark Tower will likely confuse neophytes and disappoint fans
So there's this tower at the center of our universe, and it's so tall that it seems to shoot up into the sky forever. It is, according to The Dark Tower's opening text, the only thing protecting the human race from decimation by the forces of evil, though we're also told that "the mind of a child can bring it down."

Survive the Night

Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit takes an unflinching look at police brutality and injustice in America
After earning near-universal acclaim for her depictions of modern warfare in the Middle East with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow has turned her directorial eye to American soil. But don't be fooled by the red, white and blue setting: Detroit is also a war movie.

Out, Damned Spot!

Lady Macbeth is a tale of murder, adultery and betrayal, with the look of a period piece and the ruthlessness of a horror film
Despite its title, Lady Macbeth is not another screen adaptation of a Shakespeare classic. It is, in fact, based on a racy 1865 novella by the Russian author Nikolai Leskov, previously filmed in 1962 by the late Polish master Andrzej Wajda, and this time his story of doomed romance and revenge has been transplanted to 19th-century England.

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