Captain America: Civil War

Walt Disney Pictures Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem. Running time: 146 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. With “Captain America: Civil War,” directors Anthony and Joe Russo have found the tricky balance that eluded the ordinarily reliable Joss Whedon with last year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” They’ve […]

Hail, Caesar!

Universal Pictures Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking. Running time: 106 minutes. Three stars out of four. The Coen brothers — my favorite filmmakers, I should mention at the outset — have always been hit-and-miss when it comes to straight-up comedies. For every “Raising Arizona” or “The Big Lebowski,” there’s an “Intolerable Cruelty” […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Walt Disney Pictures Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments. Running time: 141 minutes. Two stars out of four. Much of what made Joss Whedon’s original “Avengers” such a joy in 2012 was his ability to juggle and make it look effortless. As writer and director, […]

Under the Skin, In the Flesh

One of the most powerful aspects of Jonathan Glazer’s gorgeous and daring “Under the Skin” is its score from British singer-songwriter and producer Mica Levi: a haunting mix of strings, percussion and flute that’s sometimes unsettling, sometimes dreamlike and always original. It keeps you on edge from the very beginning, and it beautifully accompanies the […]

10 Best Films of 2014

Every year, I say how hard it is to narrow down my best-of list to just 10 titles. But this year, it was especially true. Looking back on my favorite movies of 2014, I definitely see a theme emerging: otherworldly beings on the prowl in the middle of the night. I wonder what that says […]

Five Great Bill Murray Performances

Bill Murray’s latest film, “St. Vincent,” isn’t exactly one of his greatest. It’s actually kind of mawkish and cringe-inducing. But we’re glass-half-full around here, so we’re going to seize the chance to turn this into a positive. Murray stars as Vincent, an alcoholic, misanthropic veteran living in a run-down Brooklyn home. He finds his anti-social […]

Movies With Friends — Lucy

Jen Wang is one of the smartest women I know — so who better to bring with me to see “Lucy,” a movie about the smartest woman on the planet? Jen is a fellow school mom — our sons have been classmates and buddies for the past couple years — and the co-creator of the […]

Transcendence

Warner Bros. Pictures Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality. Running time: 119 minutes. Two stars out of four. Wally Pfister has made his name as one of the top cinematographers in the industry, having worked consistently with Christopher Nolan and winning an Academy Award for Nolan’s […]

Under the Skin

A24 Films R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language. Running time: 107 minutes. Four stars out of four. If you like your movies comforting, safe and tidy — if you treasure things like catharsis and closure and enjoy having your questions answered — then you should probably look elsewhere. “Under the Skin” […]

What the Flick?! — Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Yes, it’s a blockbuster about a comic book character. But “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” manages to be subversive as well as explosive, with strong performances from a great cast.