Movie Reviews

The Father

NEW YORK—“The Father” (Sony Classics) has nothing new to say about the challenges of dementia. Yet, in adapting his play with co-screenwriter Christopher Hampton, director Florian Zeller does succeed in presenting the difficulties resulting from […]

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Herself

A miracle story about St. Brigid proves pivotal to the emotionally complex Irish drama “Herself” (Amazon). It’s one of several details in director Phyllida Lloyd’s powerful profile in endurance that faithful and pro-life movie fans […]

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Unhinged

NEW YORK—Russell Crowe goes rogue in the brutal road rage thriller “Unhinged” (Solstice). In the absence of any effort at character development or any realistic restraint on the mayhem that results, what we’re left with, […]

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The Witches

NEW YORK—Roald Dahl’s eponymous 1983 novel, first brought to the big screen in a 1990 film helmed by Nicolas Roeg, gets a spirited second adaptation with “The Witches” (HBO Max). Problematic elements are mostly absent […]

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Fatima

NEW YORK—”Fatima” (Picturehouse), a fact-based drama from director and co-writer Marco Pontecorvo, recounts what may rank as the most remarkable series of religious events of modern times. Namely, the 1917 apparitions of the Virgin Mary […]

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Radioactive

NEW YORK—The key to any good film biography of a scientist is found in the montages that show the discovery or invention that gained the subject fame. On that score, “Radioactive” (Amazon), the story of […]

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The Outpost

With a commendable sensitivity to both the inanities and the unrelenting raw horror of combat — and careful attention to the emotional lives and steadfast valor of soldiers — “The Outpost” (Screen Media) seems likely […]