Parents trolling for family fare at the multiplex need look no further than “Trolls” (Fox).
A committed Christian and conscientious objector who refused to bear arms, Doss was nonetheless eager to serve his country. He single-handedly saved the lives of more than 75 wounded soldiers while under constant enemy fire, earning him the Medal of Honor, awarded by Congress.
What Tilda Swinton can conceive, Benedict Cumberbatch can achieve in “Doctor Strange” (Disney). As directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, this first big-screen adventure for the Marvel Comics superhero who debuted in print back in 1963 showcases a surfeit of magical nonsense and New Age rigmarole concerning spell-casting, astral bodies and the like. Accordingly, it’s not at all suitable fare for impressionable youngsters.
A prominent attempt to erase one of history’s most notorious genocides — and the possible strategies for defeating that effort — are explored in “Denial” (Bleecker Street).
Going by “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Lionsgate), Tyler Perry may be getting a little bored with his signature character.
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 […]
“I am everyday people.” Such was Sly and the Family Stone’s boast in a classic 1968 song, and a similar sentiment pervades the action comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses” (Fox).
Yet another action figure leaps off the toy store shelves and onto the big screen in “Max Steel” (Open Road), the coming-of-age chronicle of a Mattel-made superhero.
NEW YORK (CNS) — In effect, the action-drama “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.) argues that those with autism have a license to kill as well as to abet a litany of other criminal activities. If this summation makes the movie sound preposterous and morally bankrupt, then so be it. After doing the math, it’s the only […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — An overheated tone and characters’ questionable tactics in the struggle against abortion undercut the obviously good intentions behind the pro-life drama “Voiceless” (ArtAffects). While it’s clearly meant to serve as a cinematic rallying cry for the protection of the innocent, the film instead runs the risk of reinforcing the stereotype of […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — Kids the same age as its preteen main character are clearly the target audience for “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” (Lionsgate/CBS Films). But numerous elements in the film seem ill-suited to such youthful viewership. In particular, parents may not care for the underlying message of this comedy which […]
Nat Turner’s Rebellion, an 1831 insurrection among the enslaved people of Southampton County, Virginia, represented the most serious challenge of its kind ever posed to slavery in the antebellum South.