Alpha ★★★ 1/2 “While Alpha may not feature any big-name stars, you won’t soon forget the titular wolf-hound, nor his reluctant master, a boy on the cusp of manhood known only as “Keda”” Read more >>

BlacKkKlansman ★★★ 1/2 Spike Lee’s latest ‘Joint’ offers a wildly entertaining punch to the gut. Read more >>

Blindspotting ★★ 1/2 “Trying to make it through the final three days of probation stemming from an assault conviction, Collin hopes to keep his head low; all he needs to do is make a mandatory 11 pm curfew at a halfway house…” Read more >>

Crazy Rich Asians ★★★ Jon M. Chu’s fairy tale proves that few things are richer than romance Read more >>

The Happytime Murders ★ 1/2 “If the thought of an R-rated comedy starring puppets engaged in sexual acts, drug abuse and murder—directed by Jim Henson’s son Brian, no less—sounds like subversive fun, well, it should have been.” Read more >>

Juliet, Naked ★★★ “Sure, it’s contrived, but once all the players finally share the stage, the results are both hilarious and heartfelt—as any good adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel should be.” Read more >>

Kin ★ 1/2 “Directed by Australian brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker—newcomers expanding their 15-minute short Bag Man into a heavy-handed Terminator rip-off…err, homage…” Read more >>

The Little Stranger ★★★ 1/2  Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson brings a chilling reflection on the post-war collapse of Britain’s class system Read more >>

The Meg ★★ “Nearly 20 years ago, Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea mined a lot of this territory with a knowing wink, while Turteltaub’s film does its best not to sink.” Read more >>

Operation Finale ★★ 1/2 “It’s cliches like this that stack up in novice writer Matthew Orton’s script, adding unnecessary drama to a true story that already has plenty, while detrimentally robbing the film of some power as it trumps up needless suspense.” Read more >>

Searching ★★★ “An opening montage condensing 17 years’ worth of webcam-captured footage introduces us to David Kim (Cho), his wife Pamela (Sara Sohn) and their daughter Margot (Michelle La), who we watch grow up.” Read more >>

Sorry to Bother You ★★ 1/2 “A huge hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this debut film from rapper Boots Riley has a lot to say—almost too much.” Read more >>

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