The quality of the best Hollywood films was higher in 2016 than in some recent years. But the outstanding movies of the 12 months just past tended to deal with challenging subject matter.
The stylized, nearly cartoonish nihilism and resulting high body count in “John Wick: Chapter 2” (Lionsgate) create most of the apparent appeal of this second drama about a professional assassin.
The film contains excessive sexual content, including aberrant acts, graphic activity and much nudity, several uses of profanity and occasional rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
By Kurt Jensen NEW YORK (CNS) — If a movie’s going to be titled “The Comedian” (Sony Classics), and the phrase isn’t intended ironically, since the film is about a stand-up comic, the audience has a right to expect that some mirth, at least, awaits therein. Well, more’s the pity. With Robert De Niro as […]
The incredible true story of one orphan’s 20-year odyssey to find his way back home roars to cinematic life in “Lion” (Weinstein).
There’s something about being tossed down a well and left for dead that can make a girl really cranky.
The director, Peter Chelsom, and screenwriter Allan Loeb waste a promising premise as they imagine the life story of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), the first human born on Mars. Moral blemishes mar the science fiction-tinged romance “The Space Between Us” (STX), making it unsuitable for youngsters and teens.
“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (Screen Gems) is the sixth — and presumably last — in a series of video game-based films that began back in 2002.
Little glitters in “Gold” (Weinstein). To put it another way, there’s a sour taste to this loosely fact-based story that a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the lead role fails to dispel.
In chronicling the early history of McDonald’s, “The Founder” (Weinstein) makes compelling food for thought, if not exactly a happy meal.
Somewhere behind the macho posturing that predominates in the action sequel “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” (Paramount), there’s a plot and a back story.