An engineered musical about a Pakistani teen stuck in a dreary English city fulfills its feel-good mission – thanks to a Walkman and Bruce Springsteen songs
'Ready or Not,' a grotesque film about rich people who hunt humans, is a reminder of the price of romantic love
'Good Boys' is a teen comedy with a twist. And it works, at least until the jokes start getting repetitive
The ninth ‘Fast & Furious’ movie depicts a world in which men with plenty of muscle and very little hair can pull a helicopter with a cable. It seems to be preparing the ground for a new cinematic universe
In the U.S., political unity is rewarded — but in Israel, small, marginal political forces have all the power
‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ is a good summer movie, but it doesn’t really transcend its in-between role as a way station to the next big thing the studio is planning
With 'Anna,' Luc Besson tries to reprise the success of his early action films and bury the sexual assault complaints against him
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson fail to recreate the magic of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the fourth installment of 'Men in Black'
'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' tells us how Jean Grey turns into a dangerous weapon. The director wanted to make a ‘darker’ film, but the result is embarrassing
'Booksmart' breathes new life into the teen comedy genre. Olivia Wilde doesn’t break the mold, but broadens it and adds a new, contemporary layer
The 'John Wick' movies offer a powerful alternative to the corporate universe of Marvel and similar films dominated by visual effects. The third installment in the series, 'Parabellum,' leaves the viewer wanting more
‘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