Reviews

Epic ‘Furiosa’ is a worthy return to the world of ‘Fury Road’

Furiosa (3 ½ stars out of 4) As I approached the end of “Furiosa’s” two and a half hour run time, I recalled one of the few complaints about 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” that it was little more than a 120-minute there-and-back road chase. In some ways, George Miller’s...

Melancholy ‘IF’ may struggle to find its audience

IF (2 ½ stars out of 4) The best family movies usually find a way to appeal to both kids and the adults taking them to the theater. In the case of John Krasinski’s “IF,” you could almost make the argument that in this case, the movie’s primary audience is actually the...

‘Kingdom’ keeps the Apes franchise chugging along

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (3 stars out of 4) “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is perfectly good B-list movie filler. It isn’t “turn off your brain” shlock, like a lot of recent franchise offerings, but it isn’t the kind of film that’s going to stick with...

Stunt-heavy ‘Fall Guy’ is an exciting, comic tribute to behind-the-scenes heroes

The Fall Guy (3 stars out of 4) “The Fall Guy” is the early front-runner for “Most Meta Movie Experience of 2024.” There’ssomething odd about watching a movie about stuntmen, knowing the stunts you are seeing arebeing performed by stuntmen who are protecting actors...

Ritchie’s ‘Ungentlemanly Warfare’ is almost a contender

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (3 stars out of 4) “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” is fun and stylish, but it feels like it should have been more fun and stylish. Based on a 2014 account of declassified British intelligence archives, director Guy...


Furiosa (3 ½ stars out of 4)



As I approached the end of “Furiosa’s” two and a half hour run time, I recalled one of the few complaints about 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” that it was little more than a 120-minute there-and-back road chase. In some ways, George Miller’s fifth entry into the “Mad Max” universe feels like a direct


IF (2 ½ stars out of 4)



The best family movies usually find a way to appeal to both kids and the adults taking them to the theater. In the case of John Krasinski’s “IF,” you could almost make the argument that in this case, the movie’s primary audience is actually the adults. It’s hard to say if that’s a good


Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (3 stars out of 4)



“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is perfectly good B-list movie filler. It isn’t “turn off your brain” shlock, like a lot of recent franchise offerings, but it isn’t the kind of film that’s going to stick with you, either. It’s not the kind of movie that will


The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (3 stars out of 4)



“The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” is fun and stylish, but it feels like it should have been more fun and stylish.



Based on a 2014 account of declassified British intelligence archives, director Guy Ritchie’s film follows a kind of “Dirty Half-Dozen” on a secret mission to cripple the German U-Boat offensive during


Hard Miles (3 stars out of 4)



As spring bridges the gap into the summer, R.J. Daniel Hanna’s “Hard Miles” may be just the thing to get you geared up for the great outdoors.



Inspired by the true story of a man named Greg Townsend, who founded the successful Ridgeview Academy cycling team, “Hard Miles” follows a group of troubled teens on


Civil War (3 stars out of 4)



When I saw the trailer for “Civil War” earlier this year, I wondered if it might be one of the worst movies of 2024. With the presidential election coming up, our extremely divisive culture was already set to be even more divisive than usual, and though the premise of a modern cinematic civil war


Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire: 3 stars out of 4



I genuinely enjoyed “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” back in 2021, both as a continuation of the franchise and as a tribute to original cast member Harold Ramis. At the same time, the film made it clear that another key cast member was MIA: New York City.



The Oklahoma setting for “Afterlife” was fun, but it also


Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: 1 1/2 stars out of 4



My expectations were pretty low going into the second (and final) Aquaman film, but I hoped that at least maybe Jason Momoa could inject some energy into “Lost Kingdom” the way he did with “Fast X” earlier this year. Sadly, there was no underwater equivalent to his flowing purple Fast