|'Operation Finale': Crime & Punishment|
Director Chris Weitz's "Operation Finale," a tension-filled historical drama about the Israeli Mossad's 1960 capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, reminded me of a turning point.
In my house when I was little, you didn't hear the actual word Holocaust. More often, the tragedy that had
|'Puzzle': She's Come A Long Way, Maybe|
We are reminded in Marc Turtletaub's "Puzzle," about an unappreciated housewife who finds meaning and identity in doing jigsaw puzzles, that if you want to find truth, look to fiction. We Homo sapiens have been doing it since time immemorial. No one's feelings get hurt, at least not until their misdeeds are exposed for what
|'Crazy Rich Asians': Poor Little Rich Millennials|
There you are, standing on your porch, looking for either a pickup truck or a van to pull up, something a handyman might drive. It's just a little job: the repair and painting of the front steps. Twenty minutes pass, as do numerous workmen — none of them looking for your house.
"He said he'd be here," you
|'BlacKkKlansman': There's no Politics like Show Business|
I doubt I've ever reviewed a movie more important than Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman."
Greater? Most likely. Although, in astutely fashioning his heartfelt SOS about America's burgeoning racist threat, Spike Lee is no slouch in the art department, either. This scintillating film based on a true story about
|'Christopher Robin': What the World Needs Now|
Watching director Marc Forster's delightfully sweet and optimistic "Christopher Robin," wherein the title character now all grown up and in a funk reunites with Winnie the Pooh, his inspiring, childhood pal, my mind wandered. Not because the film wasn't absorbingly
influential, but because it was. There I was, back on
|'Mission: Impossible-Fallout': It Takes All Kinds|
"Why do bad people have to be bad?"
Thus spake my great nephew-in-law, Nate, 4, after recently seeing his first movie in a theater, "Incredibles 2." His other inquiry was whether or not the lights would come back on when the film concluded.
Well Nate, in answer to your first question, we've
|'Three Identical Strangers': Relatively Horrifying|
You don't have to be Jewish to lament "Oy, yoy, yoy" after seeing director Tim Wardle's shocking documentary, "Three Identical Strangers." After being presented a series of outlandish and disturbing disclosures about the title triplets separated at birth, adopted by three separate families and who are reunited at age
|'Leave No Trace': Makes Its Mark|
It would be silly not to give a full, 4-popcorn rating to "Leave No Trace," Debra Granik's trenchant, contemporary drama about a PTSD sufferer who lives off the grid in the Portland, Ore., woods with his teenage daughter. However, when movies are this good, there is a tendency on the critic's part to judge them against other
|'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Going Molecular|
Y'know how in organic chemistry they show you a molecular construction and then ask you to identify it from another angle? Well, I can't do that, which is why I'm a film critic and not a dermatologist. And it's worked out pretty well, except until now, when I'm faced with trying to explain the pseudo-scientific ins and outs
|'Incredibles 2': The American Family to the Rescue|
I doubt I've ever said this in a review, so here goes: "Incredibles 2," an intelligently humorous follow-up to the 2004 original, is good fun for the entire family. There, said it.
Just don't let the opportunity for bonding among parents, children and crotchety Aunt Edna, if you deign to charitably invite her,
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