Melissa McCarthy's charming, but the unfunny Life of the Party simply has no story to tell

When her husband, Dan (Matt Walsh), tells Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) that he wants a divorce, she's blindsided. But she quickly — unrealistically quickly — bounces back and decides that the time is right for her to finally go back to university and finish her archeology degree.

Deadpool 2 delivers more of the same, on a larger scale

When Deadpool premiered in 2016, it caught audiences by surprise, even though the creative team had been working behind the scenes for years to get the movie made, and the title character had been a fixture in Marvel comic books for more than two decades. Here was a superhero movie that wasn't afraid to poke fun at the genre (and at itself), or to take full advantage of its R rating, with graphic violence, swearing and sex.

The thriller Bad Samaritan is so dumb it's almost entertaining

If you were casting the role of a murderous psychopath who's got hidden torture rooms in his ultra-modern house and an isolated cabin surrounded by filled-in graves, I don't know if David Tennant would be high up on your list of candidates.

A runaway teenager and his stallion encounter harsh Western landscapes in Lean on Pete

The world of Lean on Pete is untethered from modern convenience and technology, its characters so removed from the way most of us live that they've essentially become physical extensions of their own environment.

Avengers: Infinity War has lots of superheroes and lots of action, but not much impact

As devoted readers of superhero comic books know, no one ever stays dead in the Marvel universe (or the DC universe, for that matter).

Intriguing and potentially incendiary, I Feel Pretty coasts on low-key charm

Renee doesn't like the way she looks.

With arrival of Avengers: Infinity War, we look back at the best — and worst — of the Marvel Universe

It's been a decade since Tony Stark first swaggered onto multiplex screens in Iron Man, jumpstarting the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe and permanently altering the way contemporary blockbusters were made, marketed and released.

Super Troopers 2: A depressing experience

Super Troopers 2 was partially funded by an Indiegogo campaign, and having seen the finished product, I think all the donors deserve refunds — though I don't know what anyone expected.

Revisiting The Big Lebowski - and the cult surrounding its slacker hero - 20 years later

"... sometimes there's a man — I won't say 'hero,' 'cause what's a hero?..."

Borg vs. McEnroe treats the desire for competition as a deranged pathology

Casting Shia LaBeouf as tennis bad boy John McEnroe is something of a self-reflexive gesture: Here are two men whose erratic, volatile public personae have eclipsed their respective talents, and whose most outrageous behavior represents either severe psychic breaks or obnoxious performative affectations. LaBeouf is actually the best thing about the docudrama Borg vs. McEnroe, an unrelentingly earnest depiction of the manufactured rivalry that developed between McEnroe and Swedish tennis pro Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason).

Bristling with life, humor and a little menace, Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs is a stop-motion delight

Wes Anderson's ninth feature film, the delirious and heartwarming Isle of Dogs, sees the director maintaining a hot streak initiated by his first foray into stop-motion animation, 2009's excellent Fantastic Mr. Fox. After a mid-career sink into bitter, frustrating films about sad and unapproachable man-children, Anderson course-corrected with Mr. Fox and has since continued to use his peerless imaginative powers for good.

Chappaquiddick is a well-cast - if a bit dry - film about a 1969 political scandal

Honesty is always the best policy.

Blockers is a much sweeter R-rated comedy than its seemingly retrograde premise would suggest

Here's the premise for Blockers. Three parents discover that their daughters, fast friends since kindergarten, have vowed to each lose their virginity on the night of their senior high school prom.

A Quiet Place is an unbearably tense horror movie, and it barely makes any noise

Welcome to a whole new apocalypse. Humanity has been contemplating its own end since before we could even pull it off ourselves (like with nuclear weapons or genetically engineered viruses, or whatever), but we have never before conceived of anything like A Quiet Place.


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