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Labor Day (2014)

Once you get past the temporary insanity of the premise — escaped killer takes mother and son prisoner in their own home and quickly becomes the lover she craves and the father he needs — the weird sincerity of the performances from Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, and Gattlin Griffith may ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Men in Black III (2012)

A final scoop of franchise gravy ten years after the last one with good critters and effects, the gee-golly style again directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Will Smith as agent J is getting too mature for his bouncy boyishness, and Tommy Lee Jones as sullen, snarky K is looking pickled by ... (PG-13)

2.0 starsDavid Elliott

Milk (2008)

Gus Van Sant’s celebratory biopic on Harvey Milk, the gay-rights activist and San Francisco City Supervisor martyred by assassination in 1978. However useful as pep rally or memorial service, the film comes up short as drama, relying altogether too much on Position Statements, Slogans, Bromides, primarily through the protagonist’s stump ... (R)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Nightwatch (1998)

Ole Bornedal's American re-do of his own Danish thriller about a necrophiliac serial killer and the hapless morgue attendant who falls under suspicion. In this, Bornedal is following the route of the Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer and The Vanishing, except that as the Bornedal original went uncirculated in America, the ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Coen brothers' first literary adaptation, from a Cormac McCarthy original, an overflowingly bloody pulp thriller, plumped up with folksy first-person social commentary in italics, about a Texas good ole boy who stumbles upon the internecine scene of a drug deal gone bad, makes off with a satchel of cash, ... (R)

4.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Oldboy (2013)

Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's celebrated tale of a man who is mysteriously imprisoned and then just as mysteriously released has plenty of spattered brain matter and sadistic gut-punches. What it lacks is the original's creepy heart. The villain of this piece needs to be Lecter-level compelling: rarely seen, ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Only the Brave (2017)

When they’re not pissing out forest fires, a group of misogynistic oafs sit around listening to heavy metal while debating the intellectual capacity of the bar tramps who agree to sleep with them. The only one who seems to be genuinely happily married is retired firefighter Jeff Bridges. Bridges gets ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsScott Marks

Opening Night Fan Event - Avengers: Infinity War in RealD 3D (2018)

There is much that needs forgiving in the Russo brothers’ gargantuan final chapter(?) of this particular book of the Marvel Superhero Chronicles, and not just easy stuff like the 160-minute runtime or the overabundance of overlong punch-ups (now with extra energy bolts!) No, there’s also the frequent and annoying matter ... (PG-13)

2.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Sicario (2015)

Usually, director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) knows how to stick the landing. Any nagging dissatisfactions are dispatched with elegance and aplomb by his directorial denoument. Not so, Sicario, his exploration of the brutal violence and moral complication surrounding the war on drugs. Critics looking to get a pull-quote on ... (R)

2.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

As if in imitation of the ruthless Mexican drug cartel its heroes go after, director Stefano Sollima’s sequel decapitates, disembowels, and castrates Denis Villeneuve’s beautiful, tough, and sad 2015 original. Head: what had been a smart take on the difficulty of doing right even when you’re righteous — particularly when ... (R)

0.0 starsMatthew Lickona

W. (2008)

Pronounced “dubya.” Oliver Stone’s diplomatic biopic on our forty-third President (Josh Brolin, a dead-on impression, but where to go with it?) is so careful to avoid bias as to avoid purpose. It barely matches the caliber of a TV docudrama, much less the compensating snickers. In that department, Thandie Newton ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Twenty-three years after he first visited the scene, Stone weighs in (thud!) on recent developments in the stock market, another chapter in his career of heavy breathing over epochal events. Gordon Gekko, his most memorable fictional creation (not to compete with Nixon, W., or Alexander the Great), out of prison ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

Woody Allen back in England, plugging away in the manner of his endless autumn: unpretentious, unpressured, unpolished, just a kernel of an idea, thin on jokes and one-liners, fortunate still to find funding, free to do and to be. With little deliberation, he choreographs a dance of discontent and delusion ... (R)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd