Stories from Movies

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ thin and uninspired

The second film fails to live up to the brilliance of the first, wearing out its welcome before the first act is over.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ loses magic of series

The film ultimately turns into the kind of lumbering, special-effects-laden spectacle that the previous films mostly avoided.

'Bigger Splash' sexy trouble in paradise

A tale of love and jealousy, obsession and seduction, "A Bigger Splash" takes its time getting where it’s actually going. But with the gorgeous scenery, no one is in a hurry.

'Love & Friendship' charming and funny

“Love & Friendship” is so winning that it leaves you wanting more from this world, especially since filmmaker Whit Stillman and author Jane Austen seem to be a match made in heaven.

‘The Lobster’ skewers marriage in deadpan satire

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos brings his unique blend of macabre and satire to love and marriage, just as he did to family in the Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth” and to death in “Alps.”

Fans urge Marvel to give Captain America a boyfriend

Captain America snags a kiss from Sharon Carter in 'Captain America: Civil War,' but many fans are wishing it was from someone else — specifically, a man.

Local filmmaker goes inside the wacky world of extreme adventure racing

Why would athletes pay to be tortured? A local filmmaker gets personal with the 'Rise of the Sufferfests.'

‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ a progressive gross-out

For all the gross-out humor — graphic vomiting, tampon hurling and a cameo appearance by a scrotum — “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” is a surprisingly progressive film. You’ll still hear a frat guy say “bros before hos” in the movie, but at least this time someone corrects him.

‘The Angry Birds’ surprisingly entertaining

“The Angry Birds Movie” doesn’t quite achieve the relative superiority of “The Lego Movie,” but it’s definitely not terrible and even surprisingly fun and heartfelt at times.

Convoluted, dark and hilarious ‘Nice Guys’

The meta film-within-the-film is the cherry on the cake of retro detective hijinks, containing an optimistic message about the inflammatory power of cinema to affect change in the world — even if it is low-brow or smutty.

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