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The star sizzles in film biography of McDonald's kingpin Ray Kroc.
Filmmaker taps his own life for a look back at a mother-son relationship in the '70s.
Low-key story of a bus-driving poet is clever, sweet and wise.
REVIEW: Director-star Ben Affleck struggles doing double duty in this tale about a crime kingpin.
REVIEW: The story of the Boston Marathon bombing is packed with humanity and action.
REVIEW: Renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar comes up short in lovelorn drama "Julieta."
The musical was picture-perfect, winning 7 while "Moonlight" took best drama.
REVIEW: The scariest thing about "A Monster Calls" is how thoughtful it is in relating valuable life lessons.
Andrew Garfield is in an introspective mood after back-to-back theological roles.
REVIEW: This devastating, demanding, heartbreaking film about Catholic faith and oppression in 17th-century Japan works on more than one level.
REVIEW: "Hidden Figures" tells a singular story in textbook fashion, creating a conventional, feel-good, part-fictional history lesson that would fit in any high school.
Eerie French fantasy slowly taps into the viewer's primal fears.
Review: Gripping tale is based on an amazing real-life adoption story.
Isabelle Huppert is the target of a rapist in "Elle" — but don't call her a victim.
REVIEW: "Sing" is the sort of syrupy animated musical that will appeal to few viewers other than young talent-show fans and their doting parents.
REVIEW: The star-heavy cast is wasted in an empty drama about life after a tragedy.
REVIEW: Breaking new ground, the latest "Star Wars" chapter makes you leave your expectations at the door.
REVIEW: This homage to old-fashioned song-and-dance flicks hits all the right notes.
The actor brings his knack for the unexpected to the musical "La La Land," opening Dec. 16.
"Miss Sloane" paints a blunt picture of a ruthless Capitol Hill power broker.
Isabelle Huppert shines in "Things to Come" as a woman who refuses to surrender to setbacks.
An impressive cast is wasted in a comedy in which we've seen every joke before.
For 40 years, the British Arrows Awards have celebrated the most creative work in the ad field, and for 30 of those years they have drawn the biggest annual crowds to the Walker's cinema.
REVIEW: Shia LaBeouf's hard work to shed his boyish image gets wasted in a mishmash of plots and styles.
Actor's goal was to capture the first lady's depth at a time that traumatized the world.
Dueling personalities that are on display in "Manchester by the Sea" generate Oscar buzz.
Rich character study "Manchester by the Sea" unleashes a tidal wave of feelings. ★★★★ out of 4 stars
His semi-retirement comes to a smashing halt with a comedy inspired by Howard Hughes.
In the excellent Howard Hughes fantasia "Rules Don't Apply," absurdist disorder hits stratospheric heights.
Tom Ford offers a well-composed, surreal look at love and identity.
REVIEW: Billy Bob Thornton is back as a larcenous lech, but sequel lacks dark glee of 2003 film.
"Moana" boasts innovative locations, an insightful cultural backdrop and inspired music. Too bad the plot falls short.
REVIEW: Director Robert Zemeckis wastes the star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in this insipid World War II spy drama.
Movie critic Colin Covert says these films are guaranteed to be hits.
REVIEW: The Harry Potter cultural phenomenon moves ahead true to its roots in the well-told and action-packed adaptation of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
REVIEW: This documentary lauds a 13-year-old girl who broke through centuries of sexism.
REVIEW: "Loving" captures the emotions behind a landmark legal case.
REVIEW: Homage to drive-in horror flicks is spot on – if you get the joke.
Actor, director and producer Robert Redford left the Utah center of his Sundance Film Festival to hold court at the Walker Art Center Cinema Saturday…
REVIEW: The breathtaking, thought-provoking "Arrival" is intricately handsome and rarely showy, flawlessly made and earnest-minded. It's a landmark in the science-fiction genre. | ★★★★ out of 4 stars
With two gripping roles, Adams could soon be double-dipping for yet another Oscar nomination, her sixth.
REVIEW: Saturated with campy gore, "Dog Eat Dog" plays as if they put the basic formula for a pulp B movie in a blender and set it to purée.
Paul Schrader threw convention out the window for a "jazz riff" on the crime thriller.
"Hacksaw Ridge" actor Luke Bracey appreciated working with a "born storyteller" on the war flick.
REVIEW: Mel Gibson's tale of a Medal of Honor-winning army medic awes and inspires.
REVIEW: With "Doctor Strange," Marvel proves that in the right hands there is no niche cult character so obscure that he can't conjure up a blockbuster and become a household name.
REVIEW: This coming-of-age story infuses new life into a familiar format.
Far above the Italian countryside, the Republic of San Marino conveys a curious charm.
The third "Da Vinci Code" installment is truly abysmal.
REVIEW: A hackneyed premise and lackluster characters doom this bland comedy.
REVIEW: Like the novels, the Tom Cruise movie delivers what fans expect.
REVIEW: Ewan McGregor's directing debut does novelist Philip Roth a major disservice.
Executive Director Jatin Setia credits the success to innovative programming, a solid grasp on local film lovers' tastes and a certain amount of gambler's luck.
REVIEW: Writer/director Musa Syeed's perceptive film creates intense empathy for the city's West Bank Somali community.
American Honey ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse — all involving…
Since Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock put their careers on hiatus, Kevin Hart has been the king of American urban comedy.
His math whiz/hit man in "The Accountant" isn't a by-the-numbers character.
Voyage of Time ⋆⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars Unrated Theater: Imax Theatre, Minnesota Zoo. Since his 1970s spellbinders “Badlands”…
REVIEW: The juicy premise from the bestselling novel turns into a convoluted whodunit.
REVIEW: The slave-revolt drama "Birth of a Nation" focuses more on gory action than historical relevance.
In Minnesota, "A Man Called Ove" director Hannes Holm found pine trees, lakes and guys named Sven.
REVIEW: The Swedish film infuses the story of a lonely codger with freewheeling comic verve and quirky wisdom.
Demon ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language and some sexuality/nudity. In subtitled Polish and Yiddish, and English.
Lack of imaginative characters or action keeps this retread from hitting the bull's-eye.
Filmmakers prove that corruption, hacks, backstabbing and backroom deals can be irresistibly addictive.
On screen this fall: Amy Adams (twice), Ang Lee (once), plus Disney taps Lin-Manuel Miranda for 'Moana'
‘The Girl on the Train’ A spine-chiller promising the voyeuristic thrills of Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” and the unexpected twists of “Gone Girl.” Emily Blunt plays…
New take on "The Blair Witch Project" is cursed.
The British heroine is back — without Hugh Grant but with a baby on the way.
The Edward Snowden scandal becomes a high-tech, high-IQ spy saga for the surveillance age.
Oliver Stone discusses his fascination with whistleblower and international fugitive Edward Snowden.
REVIEW: Despite a few in-flight wobbles from the screenplay's repeated flashbacks, "Sully" is excellent from takeoff to landing.
REVIEW: A winningly executed growing-up comedy with a transnational spin, "Morris from America" examines the ways that ideas about differing cultures move in different directions.
REVIEW: A revenge-minded snowplow driver piles up the bodies and the laughs in a quirky comic adventure.
A month ago, filmmakers Nate Parker and Jean McGianni Celestin were considered early Oscar favorites. Then moviegoers learned of a rape allegation from 1999.
Even though their parents are feuding, two teenage best friends refuse to be pulled apart.
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