Shoplifters
Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Nudity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka, Jyo Kairi, Yuri/Lin

Affirms Kore-eda’s status as today’s foremost Japanese director whose careful observations about humanity establish him as a worthy successor to Ozu.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2018-12-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Drama
Director: Brady Corbet
Cast: Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Jude Law, ...

A dead-on portrait of a lost soul who may never quite find herself but who makes an uneasy peace with what the world has made of her.

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, ...

It may peter out on the way to an anticlimactic conclusion but it’s fun while it lasts and the three peerless female leads deserve recognition.

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Strikes an effective balance between satire and homage and mines the most common ore of the old-time Westerns.

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Drama
Director: Peter Farrelly
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Effective and affecting while being careful to avoid overdosing its audience on material that some might deem too shocking or upsetting.

Mired in clichés with a narrative constrained by a bland and generic structure.

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-21
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill

A great Valentine to old-time video games, the Internet, and Disney (whose princesses steal the show).

Well-made but uneven, "The Front Runner" is a less a film for general movie-goers than for political junkies.

Does an excellent job assembling pieces and preparing viewers for the larger picture but disappoints in its ability to tell a stand-alone story.

McQueen achieves his aim of using a genre framework to advance serious themes, which makes "Widows" an uncommonly good thriller.