‘Avengers: Endgame’ took in $2.3 billion within just 18 days and could well supplant ‘Avatar’ as the highest-grossing film of all time. What makes that a cultural event that can’t be ignored?
Despite a minuscule budget and marketing restrictions, 'Unplanned,' an anti-abortion film, is scoring a big success, with millions of faithful supporters and a tailwind from the White House
‘Shazam!’ may be short on special effects, but this film about a boy with magical powers has more important qualities: creativity, emotion and satisfaction
The live action remake of 'Dumbo' may disappoint diehard fans, but those who watch it with an open mind will get a Tim Burton-lite adventure.
Jordan Peele's "Us" leaves viewers with unsettling food for thought every time they look in the mirror
HBO's 'Leaving Neverland' doesn’t really occupy itself with Michael Jackson’s character, only with the damage he caused
It’s Marvel Studios’ first movie in which the spotlight is on a superheroine, but female representation aside, it’s an expensive action film that fails to break new ground
Unlike other cinematic post-apocalyptic sagas, James Cameron's Japanese manga heroine Alita isn’t suffused with existential depression. But like them, it suffers from the sequel malady
'Cold Pursuit' is a fine addition to Liam Neeson’s action repertoire - but it's overshadowed by his racism scandal
The Oscars this year will reflect a prolonged effort to bridge the widening gap between the movies Hollywood likes to praise and the ones people actually go to theaters to see
Saoirse Ronan manages to make Mary human in 'Mary Queen of Scots'
In ‘Vice,’ Christian Bale gives an amazing performance as Dick Cheney, but the film misses the real story of the man who ran roughshod over the U.S. Constitution
The characters in 'Bumblebee' are artificial and unsophisticated, but they are still a leap forward compared to what happened when Michael Bay was in charge
'Aquaman,' starring Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard, is a breath of fresh air in DC Comics' depressing universe
Der Spiegel reporter Claas Relotius could have easily been caught had he not been pegged years earlier as a talent to watch and a journalist of impeccable credibility
In the current world of superheroes, what Sony has done with 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is almost subversive
The post-apocalyptic world created by the special effects in 'Mortal Engines' is simultaneously appalling and gorgeous, but it comes at the expense of characters and storyline
While J.K. Rowling is the most creative inventor of cinematic worlds today, 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' lacks the adventure, tension and drama of the Harry Potter series
In the latest adaptation of Sweden’s bestselling ‘Millennium’ series, Claire Foy takes on the role of Swedish hacker Lisbeth Salander. Though it’s an effective espionage thriller, here again the protagonist is more compelling than the film
'Call Me By Your Name' director Luca Guadagnino has moved from romance between men to horror among women with 'Suspiria'
‘Halloween,’ starring Jamie Lee Curtis, is a precise homage to its 40-year-old prequel. Still, the violence in the new film is far more graphic – and the heroine is no longer a helpless screaming teen
Several strangers cross paths at a derelict roadside motel in a time-jumping, twist-filled movie that cleverly deconstructs and remakes its genre. But what’s the message?
Sony's 'Venom,' starring Tom Hardy, has a huge hole in the shape of Spider-Man
‘Kin,’ starring Myles Truitt, Jack Raynor and James Franco, starts as a family drama but morphs into a problematic sci-fi movie with an unconvincing villain and a super-weapon that amazingly solves every problem
If there was a funny joke in the 'Happytime Murders' script, it was left on the cutting room floor
'The Meg,' starring Jason Statham and a giant prehistoric shark, proves that size really isn't everything
Kate McKinnon, hilarious as always, steals the show in 'The Spy Who Dumped Me'
Ethan Hunt's new vulnerability – with Tom Cruise more stable and credible than ever in the role – makes 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' the best action film of 2018
Why 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' is better than its predecessor
'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is the first Marvel Studios film to bear the name of a superheroine. It shows the Wasp doesn’t need a sidekick