The creepy vintage photos that pepper Ransom Riggsâ original Miss Peregrine novel look like relics from Tim Burtonâs attic, so itâs fitting that the master of macabre is shepherding Riggsâ book to the big screen.
Even our feathered friends arenât immune to the rise of the internet economy.Â Storks, the first animated effort by writer/co-director Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors), introduces a world where the titular avians have given up on manufacturing and delivering babies and now ferry packages...B
Weâre used to seeing her possessed by demons as a maniacal nun, conjuring magic as a swamp-dwelling witch, or channeling the murderous lunacy of serial killer Aileen Wuornos on American Horror Story, but Lily Rabe offers a surprisingly soft, subtle turn as she leads the cast with a career-...B
Blair Witch attempts to do for the 1999 experimental horror film what Creed and Star Wars: The Force Awakens both achieved last year: Resurrect classic stories by essentially retelling them, with an eye toward satisfying a modern audience with a few extra million dollars of...B
Most of the headlines around Meg Ryanâs directorial debut, Ithaca, have focused on the fact that it reunites Ryan with her frequentÂ costar Tom Hanks. But instead of giving the dynamic pair something to work with on screen, this adaptation of William Saroyanâs novel The Human Comedy...C+
You say dark and artsy Polish ghost story,Â I say sign me up. But you might not want to be as quick to accept that dare. Heavy on atmosphere and symbolism but light on actual scares, director Marcin Wronaâs generically titled Demon is a so-so meditation on historical amnesia.
HollywoodâsÂ sequel industrial complex means weâre never truly finished with beloved characters, and 12 years after journeying to The Edge of Reason, itâs Bridget Jonesâ turn yet again.Â The third film based on Helen Fieldingâs lovably downtrodden heroine, Bridget Jonesâs Baby...B+
Somewhere between Catherine Hardwickeâs Thirteen and Harmony Korineâs Spring Breakers lies the rebellious mood of Elizabeth Woodâs White Girl, a Sundance firecracker that easily finds its place among the cinematic canon of great dramas cut from the good-girl-gone-bad...B+
There may be no movie more qualified to illustrate the often-heard complaint that âThey donât make movies like this anymoreâ than The Big Chill. Lawrence Kasdanâs earnest,Â talky 1983 drama features adults discussing the intricacies of themselves, each other, their feelings, and life itself...B
As its title implies, Complete Unknown is a film best vetted as a blind experience, unraveling with a smug reluctance to fully expose itself until the moment is right. Joshua Marstonâs often opaque, consistently alluring third feature follows a mysterious woman, who, much like the film...B+
My Blind BrotherÂ has a fatal weakness that is spelled out right in its title. The romantic comedy about a sibling love triangle takes the side of a deadbeat named Bill (Nick Kroll), not his disabled marathon-running brother, Robbie (Adam Scott).
Seven may be a prime number, but in Hollywood, which has always loved to make its own math, itâs as divisible as they want it to be. So it is that one classic concept, Akira Kurosawaâs iconic 1954 epic Seven Samurai, can be fractioned off infinitely: most famously as a 1960 Western revered...B
Apart from the folks who believe Onion headlines, ordinary decent conspiracy theorists will be disappointed by Operation Avalanche. And, for once, they wonât be a minority group. Director Matt Johnson second film (after the school-shooting mockumentary The Dirties) is a 1960s-...C+
Can you blame Oliver Stone for wanting to take on Edward Snowden? The NSA whistleblowerâs story is one of the most compelling public scandals of the past decade â and its high-wire mix of government malfeasance and international intrigue sounds like it was practically invented for a filmmaker who...C
There may be no trickier kind of movie to pull off than the âcancer comedy.âÂ But for such a daunting genre, thereâs certainly been enough films either brave or foolish enough to take up the challenge in recent years: Funny People, 50/50, and Beginners to name a few.
London Road isnât an easy movie to explain, though itâs hardly the first one to transfer a successful high-concept play to the screen, or even the first to set murder to music.
At some point in the last few years, Kevin Smith entered a curious phase in his career. The one-time kid from Jersey started out as living proof that anyone with a point of view and a bunch of maxed-out credit card could break into Hollywood.
Though itâs set almost a century ago, The Light Between Oceans feels like a refugee from a more recent pastâthe misty, Miramax-y â90s. The movieâs lushly shot melodrama soÂ vividly recalls the wide-lens storyÂtelling of that era that itâs not hard to picture Anthony Minghella pivoting...B+
In many ways, John Krasinskiâs second directorial effort is your standard Sundance fare. Thereâs an anxious man struggling to find his way as he returns to his hometown after years in the Big Apple.
Roberto DurÃ¡n was one of those boxers whose fame is hard to separate from his infamy. The proud Panamanian brawler rose from poverty to become a national hero when he beat Sugar Ray Leonard in the summer of 1980 â and then saw his reputation sullied and dragged through the mud just five months...C+
The words âdudeâ and âbroâ are spoken with such banal harmony â literally, at the beginning or the end of almost every sentence â in Andrew Neelâs drama Goat that you feel nervous when a line of dialogue is missing them.
Lupita Nyongâo radiates beauty, dignity, and noble suffering on screen unlike any actress since Sophia Loren. But as an impoverished single mother in Queen of Katwe, her first live-action role since her Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave, Nyongâoâs gravitas is undercut by a script...C+
As far as horror movie objects go, the turkey baster in Donât Breathe or the goat in The Witch have nothing on the socket wrench or the switchgear in Robert Kennerâs nerve-melting Command and Control.
After the traumatic death of their baby daughter, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David (Mel Raido) decide to move to the country for a while, takingÂ their son (Duncan Joiner) with them to recuperate and get away from the bad vibes.
Set smack dab on the sun-baked U.S.-Mexico border, Transpecos is a lean-and-mean atmospheric thriller that starts off tautly but ultimately slackens as it goes along. Certainly the timing couldnât have been better for Greg Kwedarâs directorial debut (he also co-wrote the script with Clint...B-
They really donât make literary hoaxes like they used to. Mostly because they canât: The infinite, unpitying reach of the internet pretty much guarantees that even the cleverest and most committed fabulist will be unmasked sooner than later.
When US Airways flight 1549 lost power in both engines moments after taking off from New Yorkâs LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, and was forced to make a death-defying water landing on the Hudson River, it was a rare, fluky event.
Ridley Scottâs son Luke has too keen an eye and is too skilled at mood setting to be written off as a beneficiary of nepotism. That said, for his feature debut, Morgan, it might have been smarter to venture a little further away from the chilly, futuristic turf that his dad previously...B
In the interest of full disclosure, let me come right out and admit that I have a soft spot for Jason Statham movies. Thereâs something about his bespoke brand of squinty, bareknuckle beat-downs that speaks to me in the same dog-whistle pitch that the Fast and the Furious flicks or the...C-
Itâs become sort of presidential rite of passage for all but the dullest Commanders-in-Chief to be immortalized in celluloid. (Hang in there, Millard Fillmore!) But the versions we see on screen tend to exist solely in the rarefied context of their office â how these men behave, or donât, when the...B