Coco ★★ 1/2 “At a time when xenophobia runs rampant, and talk of building a wall along the Mexican border continues, it’s nice to see a family film take pains to humanize our neighbors to the south without coming off as a polemic.” Read more >>

Daddy’s Home 2 ★★ 1/2 “Surprisingly, it’s not awful. Credit the addition of John Lithgow as Brad’s father, retired postal carrier Don, and especially Mel Gibson as Dusty’s dad, former space shuttle pilot Kurt.” Read more >>

Justice League ★ “There’s a moment during this awful movie’s opening credits sequence—one of director Zack Snyder’s patented pop song-driven montages—when the camera pans past a newspaper featuring photos of three dearly departed superstars…” Read more >>

Lady Bird ★★★★ If you liked last year’s highly praised The Edge of Seventeen, a delicate comedic drama about high school life for an awkward teen girl, you’ll love the similarly themed, yet even more perceptive coming-of-age tale, Lady BirdRead more >>” 

Last Flag Flying ★★ 1/2 “Something odd happened as Darryl Ponicson and director Richard Linklater adapted the former’s 2004 novel, Last Flag Flying, to the screen. What Ponicson originally penned as a sequel to his 1970 novel, The Last Detail, has been transformed into something a bit…different.” Read more >>

Murder on the Orient Express ★★ “From Judi Dench to Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp to Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer to Penélope Cruz, and on to Willem Dafoe and Josh Gad, the actors alone are worth the price of admission…” Read more >>

Roman J. Israel, Esq. ★★ 1/2 “Denzel Washington plays the titular lawyer in Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq. as a collection of mannered tics, a socially awkward crusader housed in a rumpled, ill-fitting suit, along with glasses and an uneven afro that wouldn’t seem out of place in the 1970s, even though Gilroy has once again set his unfortunately meandering film in the here and now.” Read more >>

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★ 1/2 “Even though he’s an A-list member of the mighty Avengers, Thor’s first two films aren’t exactly the most beloved of the 16 previous movies in Disney’s ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. But with the latest installment headlined by Australia’s Chris Hemsworth, that’s about to change.” Read more >>

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★ 1/2 “McDormand and her character are a force to be reckoned with, which she ably demonstrates when she dresses down a condescending priest, using words that would make Jesus himself blush.” Read more >>

Wonder ★★★ 1/2 “Chbosky displays a great amount of empathy for all of his characters, presenting his warm-hearted drama—a rallying call against bullying—as a true ensemble piece, one that surprises with its constantly evolving point of view and shifting narrations that provide a deeper understanding of everyone involved.” Read more >>

Wonderstruck ★★★ 1/2 “With an adult-minded oeuvre that includes 1998’s Velvet Goldmine and 2015’s Carol, it’s a bit unexpected for Todd Haynes to direct an adaptation of Wonderstruck.” Read more >> 

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