‘The Croods: A New Age’ review: A sweetly chaotic follow-up

It’s been a while since the 2013 animated walkabout with the close-knit caveman clan “The Croods,” and the question is: Was the wait for sequel “The Croods: A New Age” worth it? The feature directorial debut of longtime animation story artist Joel Crawford, who worked on the “Kung Fu Panda” movies for DreamWorks Animation, the […]


How safe are indoor movie theaters during the COVID pandemic?

Remember what it was like going out to see a movie? Even though movie theaters have implemented protocols to protect guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of the measures have been met with praise from experts, the exhibition industry remains in a state of crisis. Indoor theaters have been closed in Los […]


‘Hillbilly Elegy’ is about family for Amy Adams, Glenn Close

Glenn Close’s turn as the ornery, larger-than-life and fiercely loyal grandmother Mamaw in “Hillbilly Elegy” wasn’t even fully unleashed into the world before it took on a life of its own. A friend of Close’s daughter, the actress Annie Starke, dressed up as Mamaw for Halloween. This friend, it should be noted, was a man, […]


‘Small Axe’: Steve McQueen captures untold history on screen

Steve McQueen, the first Black filmmaker to win the Oscar for best picture, has made films about the 1981 Irish hunger strike (“Hunger”), sex addiction (“Shame”), American slavery (“12 Years a Slave”) and desperate women pushed to the brink (“Widows”). But he’s always felt the lives of everyday Black British people, like the West Indian […]


Edward Norton breaks down Trump’s moves in poker terms

Actor Edward Norton knows a thing or two about playing poker and is using that knowledge to call what he sees as Donald Trump’s bluff. The Oscar-nominated star broke down the president’s “desperate endgame” on Friday, giving followers a nuanced political analysis that likened Trump’s lame-duck period — and reluctance to peacefully transfer power to […]


‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ review: Chadwick Boseman’s finest

The Times is committed to reviewing theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials. Where to begin? It seems an appropriate question to ask of “Ma […]

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The stalemates of November if anything is piercing in minds of many is when to draw a line regarding intrigues and maneuvers taken to achieve political ascendancy, this month President Donald Trump and a firebrand Tanzanian politician Mr. Antipas Tundu Lissu have lost elections, both have gone ballistic and dangerously rhetoric in disputing the choices […]


‘No. 7 Cherry Lane’ review: An adult animation pleasure

Dense with literary and classic cinema references, “No. 7 Cherry Lane” is veteran Hong Kong director Yonfan’s first foray into adult animation. Intellectually intoxicating and stylistically sumptuous, this romantic oddity about the passage of time (for an individual and for a country) evokes the grand elegance of a Wong Kar-wai epic infused with mature droplets […]


‘The Twentieth Century’ review: Canadian satire at its silliest

One’s knowledge of Canadian political history is less essential to enjoying Winnipeg-born experimental filmmaker Matthew Rankin’s perverse period reverie “The Twentieth Century” than being receptive to a fevered imagination enamored with bygone cinema and gleefully crude satire. Rankin’s microbudget funhouse is a warped faux biopic of hallowed Canadian prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King when […]


‘Donbass’ review: A dark Ukrainian war comedy

There’s no other antiwar film quite like “Donbass,” Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa’s brutally matter-of-fact, cynically comic string of vignettes depicting social destabilization in the titular war-ravaged region of eastern Ukraine. And yet, as the world grows ever more calloused toward propaganda-fueled division, official criminality and everyday armed conflict, we may need more films as bracing […]