Film review: "Oasis: Supersonic"

Film review: "Oasis: Supersonic"

In the mid-90's, there wasn't a bigger rock band in the world than Oasis. Led by siblings Noel and Liam Gallagher, the Manchester-based group became the face of Britpop and the biggest thing to hit the British music scene since the Fab Four.

Film review: "Ouija: Origin of Evil"

A legitimately creepy horror flick that's dripping with wit, style, and imagination, "Ouija: Origin of Evil" makes for a fantastic way to get into the Halloween spirit

Film review: "Under the Shadow"

The first feature from writer-director Babak Anvari, the atmospheric Iranian horror film "Under the Shadow" is set in post-Revolution Tehran of the late 1980's, where a woman and her young daughter must contend with dark forces building both inside and outside their home. The wife of a doctor, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) finds her own career aspirations stymied when her political activism during the Revolution results in her rejection from medical school.

Film review: "A Man Called Ove"

Adapted by director Hannes Holm from a best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, the crowd-pleasing Swedish dramedy "A Man Called Ove" revolves around Ove (the delightful Rolf Lassgård), a curmudgeonly old man who rules over his suburban neighborhood with an iron fist. Head of the neighborhood association until his neighbors voted him out, Ove makes his daily rounds, heckling everyone within earshot over any perceived infractions to the community bylaws, no matter how small.

Film review: "American Honey"

Written and directed by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, the beguiling "American Honey" is a rambling, intoxicating road movie about youth, freedom, poverty, and the American Dream.

Film review: "The Girl on the Train"

Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins, "The Girl on the Train" is a whodunit in the vein of "Gone Girl." Maybe it's unfair to juxtapose the two stories, but the makers of this film are so clearly hoping to recapture the success of David Fincher and Gillian Flynn's viciously clever mystery that the comparisons are unavoidable.

Film review: "The Dressmaker"

"The Dressmaker" is a fascinating mix of tones, shifting between dark humor, melodrama, and a bit of camp -- with just the right amount of crazy to give the film its pleasantly nutty flavor.

Film review: "The Birth of a Nation"

Swirling with controversy, "The Birth of a Nation" opens this week. It's a personal decision to go see the film, but here's what you should know

Film review: "Queen of Katwe"

Based on the true story of young Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, "Queen of Katwe" is an irresistibly heartwarming fable from "Monsoon Wedding" and "Salaam Bombay!" director Mira Nair. The story -- inspired by sportswriter Tim Crothers's book, which was expanded from his article in ESPN Magazine and adapted for the screen by William Wheeler -- may stick closely to the conventional sports movie template, but you've rarely seen it rendered with such care.

Film review: "The Hollars"

Directed by "The Office" star John Krasinski, "The Hollars" is a Sundance dramedy about an aspiring New York City artist named John Hollar (Krasinski) facing a crossroads in his life. He's unhappy professionally and full of anxiety over the impending birth of his child, but he puts those troubles on hold to face all new ones when he leaves the city to return home to his dysfunctional family in Ohio after he learns that his mother (character actress Margo Martindale) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Film review: "The Magnificent Seven"

If you're going to pick a film to give the remake treatment, you could do a lot worse than John Sturges's iconic 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven," which was itself an Americanized take on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai." Holding onto the sturdy plotline of the original, the new film's major change is injecting some diversity into its ensemble, while anchoring the cast with a few recognizable faces -- it swaps in the likes of Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D'Onofrio for Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and James Coburn.

Film review: "Snowden"

With esteemed (if sometimes polarizing) filmmaker Oliver Stone at the helm, one might expect a biopic of NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden to be a thrilling look at the thorny issues of privacy, national security, and freedom in our modern digital age. But despite strong performances and a compelling story, "Snowden" can't quite match the excitement of real life -- which was captured so compellingly in Laura Poitras' terrific, Oscar-winning 2014 documentary "Citizenfour."

Film review: "Bridget Jones's Baby"

It's been 12 years since we last checked in with Bridget Jones, the lovably hapless British romantic heroine and controversial feminist icon. The third film based around author Helen Fielding's enduringly popular character bears no resemblance to Fielding's third book -- which picked up with Bridget in her 50's and a widow.

Film review: "Morris from America"

"Morris from America" is a sweet, coming-of-age story of an American teenager and his father trying to make a new life in Germany

Film review: "The Innocents"

Inspired by true events, "The Innocents" is a somber tale of spirituality in crisis set in post-World War II Poland. As the film opens, Mathilde (Lou de Laâge), a female doctor with the French Red Cross, is beckoned by a desperate nun from the nearby village.


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