Movie: ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

NEW YORK (CNS) — “A foolish consistency,” declared 19th-century essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, “is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Whatever else may be haunting the unconvincing horror prequel “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (Universal), a slavish devotion to logic is not its characteristic specter. In generating a forerunner to 2014’s “Ouija,” director and co-writer (with Jeff […]

Movie: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

NEW YORK (CNS) — Director Tim Burton is on his home turf with the gothic fantasy “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (Fox). While his adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel is mildly entertaining, however, it’s hobbled by an overly complicated premise and by the head-scratching implications of time travel. Bridging the film’s two settings, […]

Movie: ‘Masterminds’

It seems obvious that bank robbery, especially in real life, makes a better subject for drama than for comedy. And nothing in the Zach Galifianakis vehicle “Masterminds” (Relativity) — a comic recounting of the 1997 “hillbilly heist” from an armored-car firm in North Carolina — does anything to undermine that easily-arrived-at conclusion.