Film review: 'Okja'

Film review: 'Okja'

Part Spielbergian adventure, part environmentalist fable, and part barbed anti-corporate satire, "Okja" -- the latest from South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho ("Snowpiercer") -- is the story of a young girl named Mija (a wonderful An Seo Hyun) and her best friend, a massive, genetically engineered pig named Okja. Okja is the result of the Mirando Corporation's attempt to solve world hunger by developing a cheap, easily sustainable, meat-based superfood -- for a tidy profit, of course.

Film review: 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

Chaos reigns
Despite being the right age, I was never into Transformers as a kid, so as an adult, I haven't had much of an interest in the film series, and thus haven't seen any of them. I can't speak to whether "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth installment of the massively lucrative global franchise, is any better or worse than the previous movies.

Film review: 'The Exception'

Set in the early years of World War II, "The Exception" is a glossy, romantic melodrama loosely inspired by Alan Judd's novel, "The Kaiser's Last Kiss."

Film review: 'Paris Can Wait'

The first narrative feature from Eleanor Coppola (wife of Francis, and mother of Sophia), "Paris Can Wait" is a pleasant, airy travelogue about a woman rediscovering the simple pleasures of life. Diane Lane stars as Anne, the wife of a workaholic film producer, Michael (Alec Baldwin).

Film review: 'Rough Night'

A bachelorette weekend descends into debauchery, drug-fueled benders, and some inadvertent manslaughter in "Rough Night," a gleefully R-rated comedy that marks the feature debut of "Broad City's" Lucia Aniello. The rarity of raunchy, R-rated comedies helmed by female directors is reason enough to root for the film, but while there's plenty of laughs to be had, the script too often feels frustratingly derivative.

Film review: 'The Mummy'

Universal Pictures may have jumped the gun by announcing long-term plans for its "Dark Universe," an interconnected series of films built around the studio's stable of classic monsters, like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and my personal favorite, the Creature from the Black Lagoon. This planned franchise has suffered one failed launch already: once upon a time, 2014's "Dracula Untold" was supposed to begin the series, but it seems we're pretending that never happened.

Film review: 'My Cousin Rachel'

The writings of Daphne Du Maurier were often moody tales of deception, betrayal, paranoia, and occasionally romance; qualities that made them favorites of Alfred Hitchcock and inspired his films "Rebecca," "Jamaica Inn," and "The Birds." Du Maurier's gothic-tinged "My Cousin Rachel" is perhaps slightly lesser known among her works, though it was previously adapted into a movie starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton in 1952 (just a year after the story's publication).

Film review: 'It Comes at Night'

In his debut film, "Krisha," writer-director Trey Edward Shults took a drama about a fraught Thanksgiving family reunion and ratcheted up the intensity until it entered the realm of psychological horror. Now in his sophomore outing, the young filmmaker goes for full-on terror with the nightmarish, post-apocalyptic thriller "It Comes at Night."

Film review: 'Megan Leavey'

"Blackfish" director Gabriela Cowperthwaite shifts capably from documentary to narrative filmmaking with a different (and decidedly more uplifting) tale of human and animal relations in "Megan Leavey." The film focuses on the real-life story of Leavey (a wonderful Kate Mara), a wayward 20-something who finds redemption through the bond she forms with a bomb-sniffing military combat dog.

Film review: 'The Wedding Plan'

On the eve of her nuptials, a 32-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman named Michal (Noa Koler) faces the shocking announcement from her fiancé, Gidi (Erez Drigues) that he's not in love with her. But her devastation at the news is eclipsed only by her steadfast determination to get married, and she chooses to take an absurd leap of faith.

Film review: 'Wonder Woman'

Since her debut in the pages of "All Star Comics" nearly 75 years ago, Wonder Woman has gone on to become easily the most recognizable female superhero; a hero every bit as iconic as her DC brethren, Batman and Superman. Considering her revered status, it's mind-boggling that the Amazonian princess is only just now, in 2017, getting her first solo feature film.

Film review: 'Obit'

Early on in "Obit" -- the affectionate new documentary which gives viewers a look into the day-to-day experiences of the writers staffing the New York Times obituaries desk -- one of the film's subjects is asked if their work is depressing. After all, the job of an obituarist requires one to literally spend nearly every waking moment thinking about death and mortality.

Film review: 'The Lovers'

An unhappily married couple finally decides to end things for good, only to find themselves unexpectedly falling back in love in "The Lovers," Azazel Jacobs' wry grownup romance about love, sex, and the difficulties of finding happiness at any age. Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) seem to have checked out of their marriage ages ago.

Film review: 'Alien Covenant'

Your feelings about the latest installment of the "Alien" franchise will depend largely on how you felt about "Prometheus." The 2012 prequel marked Ridley Scott's return to the science fiction series he established nearly 40 years ago.

Film review: 'Jeremiah Tower'

Food-loving cinephiles get a glimpse into the life of an enigmatic, celebrity chef in the documentary "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent." Arguably the most influential chef you've probably never heard of, director Lydia Tenaglia shows how Tower's career shaped American cuisine as we know it today, even as the man himself remained something of a mystery.


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