Strikes an effective balance between satire and homage and mines the most common ore of the old-time Westerns.
What saves "Bohemian Rhapsody" from being an historically inaccurate train wreck is the strength of the musical sequences, which are electric.
Run Time: 1:54
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Joel Edgerton
Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Madelyn Cline
Reports about what goes on behind the closed doors of Conversion Therapy camps have been in the press for years and the film’s vivid presentation engages the viewer on a visceral level.
Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2018-10-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Marielle Heller
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtain
McCarthy plays it straight, allowing her talent as an actress – often hidden under the dreck for which she draws big paychecks – to shine through.
Mired in clichés with a narrative constrained by a bland and generic structure.
Does an excellent job assembling pieces and preparing viewers for the larger picture but disappoints in its ability to tell a stand-alone story.
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, Nicholas Hoult, James Smith, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss
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.
Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2018-10-19
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Cast: Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless, Jimmy Chin, Tommy Caldwell
Plays out with as much (or more) suspense than any conventional thriller as the cameras capture every step of the treacherous ascent.
Well-made but uneven, "The Front Runner" is a less a film for general movie-goers than for political junkies.
A generic espionage/crime thriller; although briskly paced, the plot is far from airtight and demands a deus ex machina to reach its climax.
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.
Run Time: 1:20
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-09
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams
“Hollow cash grab” is one way to describe "The Grinch." Equally appropriate would be “soulless abomination.”
Although race is a critical element of the production’s DNA, this is first and foremost the story of a remarkable young woman.
A respectable venture that fails to generate the kind of gripping, compulsively watchable melodrama and adventure needed to keep the audience engaged.
As an alternative version of "Deadpool 2", "Once Upon a Deadpool" is more unfortunate than bad.
Jenkins has produced a small gem – an unassuming and surprisingly profound motion picture that touches on primal motivations and instincts.
For "Roma" to attain its full power (which is considerable), a viewer must exhibit not only patience but fortitude.
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.
A fresh and breezy way to steer the superhero genre and a testimony to the main character’s appeal and versatility.
Even the most hard-hearted viewer is likely to have an emotional reaction; this is as much a testimony to the way Cooper tells the tale as to the story itself.
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, Jennifer Ehle, Stacy Martin
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.
McQueen achieves his aim of using a genre framework to advance serious themes, which makes "Widows" an uncommonly good thriller.