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‘The Mountain Between Us’ review: Idris Elba, Kate Winslett pair up for unconventional love story
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 5 Oct 2017 08:29:00 PDT

Survival romance "The Mountain Between Us" seems straightforward enough — a couple of strangers are bonded forever when they endure a harrowing ordeal after their charter plane crashes on a mountain in Utah. It's "Alive," without the cannibalism, and a lot more romance. But as the film progresses,...

‘Blade Runner 2049’ review: Ryan Gosling stars in stylish, brooding upgrade of the ‘82 model
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:25:00 PDT

In 1982, when replicants hadn’t yet become a Hollywood business model, “Blade Runner” failed to do what Warner Brothers hoped it would: make a pile of money.

It succeeded, however, in acquiring the reputation of a modern science fiction classic. Director Ridley Scott’s 2019-set story (based on...

Frederick Wiseman delivers an ode to knowledge in ‘Ex Libris: The New York Public Library’
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Frederick Wiseman's "Ex Libris: The New York Public Library" is more than a magisterial mash note to that distinguished establishment, it’s a heartening examination of the vastness of human knowledge and the multiple ways we the people endeavor to access it.

With more than 40 films to his credit,...

‘Victoria & Abdul’ review: Judi Dench steals the show as Queen Victoria, again
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:01:00 PDT

Stop us if this sounds familiar: A tall, dark, bearded servant of rough breeding comes from far away to suddenly charm a grumpy, widowed Queen Victoria and thus upend Britain's royal court at the turn of the 20th century.

You were perhaps thinking of the film "Mrs. Brown," starring Judi Dench as...

Emma Stone and Steve Carell serve up surprising ‘Battle of the Sexes’
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Two battles, not one, share the spotlight in the enjoyable and entertaining "Battle of the Sexes," one you expect and one you do not. And it's the unexpected one that makes all the difference.

The part that's expected is the film's front and center subject, the ostentatious 1973 tennis exhibition...

Tom Cruise dominates the screen in the larger than life ‘American Made’
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:50:00 PDT

"American Made" is a smart, nervy film, a very modern entertainment made with energy, style and a fine sense of humor that keeps us amused until gradually, almost imperceptibly, the laughter starts to stick in our throats.

As such it’s par for the course for Doug Liman, a filmmaker with a gift...

‘Kingsman: Golden Circle’ review: James Bond for idiots
BaltimoreSun.com / Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:45:00 PDT

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” offers everything — several bored Oscar winners, two scenes featuring death by meat grinder, Elton John mugging in close-up — except a good time. It’s a tiny bit more bizarre and depraved than the 2014 “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and I watched it (which I don’t...

‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ is a few pieces short of the animated franchise’s standard
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:15:00 PDT

If you're of a certain age and childless, it's entirely possible you haven't the foggiest idea what a “Ninjago” — of the latest Lego movie — might be. Apparently it is both a show and a toy, but that's as far as I got into the Wikipedia listing. With the wild success of both “The Lego Movie” and...

‘Stronger’ review: Jake Gyllenhaal leads a higher grade of inspirational true-life drama
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:20:00 PDT

“Stronger” is a movie you need to see, no matter how much you think you don’t need to see it.

A less effective version of the same fact-based story, even with the same actors doing the same excellent work — it’s Jake Gyllenhaal’s finest, truest two hours on film — might creak and groan with “inspirational...

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