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  • 'Thor: Ragnarok' review: Marvel realm goes for the yuks

    'Thor: Ragnarok' review: Marvel realm goes for the yuks

    As part of its generally welcome comic strategy, “Thor: Ragnarok” heckles itself for two hours and 10 minutes and lets Jeff Goldblum, skittering around as master of the death-match revels on the planet Sakaar, get away with murder. Nobody else in the known universe works on Goldblum’s wavelength....

  • 'A Bad Moms Christmas' review: The three wise women return

    'A Bad Moms Christmas' review: The three wise women return

    A movie can be unreasonably formulaic and still be reasonably diverting, and “A Bad Moms Christmas” is the proof. Some sequels take time to come together. This one took a mere 15 months to reunite Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and the extraordinarily valuable Kathryn Hahn as the suburban Chicago pals...

  • Sean Baker's 'The Florida Project' is a magnificent portrait of a joyous, troubled childhood

    Sean Baker's 'The Florida Project' is a magnificent portrait of a joyous, troubled childhood

    All childhoods must come to an end, few of them as piercingly as the one in “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s raw, exuberant and utterly captivating new movie. The child in question is a wild and irrepressible 6-year-old girl named Moonee, played by a startling discovery named Brooklynn Kimberly...

  • 'Only the Brave' review: Josh Brolin leads elite team into wildfires

    'Only the Brave' review: Josh Brolin leads elite team into wildfires

    The title “Only the Brave” sounds like Hollywood fraudulence. Certainly there are moments in director Joseph Kosinksi’s film, an adaptation of Sean Flynn’s vivid 2013 GQ article about the fatal Arizona wildfires and the elite Granite Mountain firefighters who took them on, when the characters don’t...

  • 'Breathe' review: Andrew Garfield portrays disability advocate with grace

    'Breathe' review: Andrew Garfield portrays disability advocate with grace

    "Breathe" is meant, no doubt, as a sincere homage to the late disability advocate Robin Cavendish, who died, after living with polio for 36 years, in 1994. Commissioned by his son, producer Jonathan Cavendish — who plays a minor role in the film — and directed by Jonathan Cavendish's business partner,...

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