Movie reviews: 'Star Wars,' 'Ferdinand' and more

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  • 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' review: Rey and the Resistance prove irresistible

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' review: Rey and the Resistance prove irresistible

    Great fun, and a reminder that unpopular political leaders mock the Resistance in other galaxies, too, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” boasts a bald-faced lie of a subtitle — sorry, folks, last Jedi, no more “Star Wars” movies! — and special guest appearances from some old, familiar faces. The oldest...

  • 'Ferdinand' review: A bull who dances to his own beat

    'Ferdinand' review: A bull who dances to his own beat

    The beloved children's book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf, with illustrations by Robert Lawson, was published in 1936. But the simple, pacifist story about a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight has resonated across generations. It's a natural progression that this favorite character...

  • 'Wonder Wheel' review: Woody Allen, enough. Enough.

    'Wonder Wheel' review: Woody Allen, enough. Enough.

    Set in 1950, which doesn’t stop one character from catching the 1933 movie “Flying Down to Rio” at the local bijou, Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” is narrated by a budding dramatist working as a Coney Island lifeguard. Justin Timberlake plays our host, who sleeps with a needy, disillusioned clam...

  • 'Call Me by Your Name' review: At long last, first love

    'Call Me by Your Name' review: At long last, first love

    Set in the summer of 1983, in a land of leisurely alfresco lunches and spontaneous all-day bike rides under the northern Italian sun, the romantic idyll “Call Me by Your Name” is enough to make you move to the town of Crema, even if your rational self realizes the director Luca Guadagnino trades...

  • 'The Shape of Water' review: Del Toro's fish tale is magical, romantic and dark

    'The Shape of Water' review: Del Toro's fish tale is magical, romantic and dark

    “The Shape of Water” is a sexy, violent, preposterous, beautiful fantasy, co-writer and director Guillermo del Toro’s most vivid and fully formed achievement since “Pan’s Labyrinth” 11 years ago. Set in 1962, the story del Toro fleshed out with co-writer Vanessa Taylor marries “Creature from the...

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