Movie Reviews

I Still Believe

NEW YORK—In keeping with the song and book from which it takes its title, nondenominational affirmations of faith permeate the fact-based romantic drama “I Still Believe” (Lionsgate), making the film congenial fare for Christians of […]

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Emma

NEW YORK—”Emma” (Focus) is a delightful screen version of Jane Austen’s classic novel, lovely to look at and abounding in gentle humor. Only the momentary introduction of a bit of visual earthiness, presumably meant to […]

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Dolittle

NEW YORK—Exactly a century ago, British author Hugh Lofting published “The Story of Doctor Dolittle,” the first in a long series of books for children that have won lasting popularity for their protagonist, a physician-turned-veterinarian […]

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Little Women

NEW YORK—Writer-director Greta Gerwig, who proved her bona fides as a screen moralist in 2017 with “Lady Bird,” has repeated the feat with her elegant, vibrantly emotional adaptation of the 19th-century classic “Little Women” (Sony). […]

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The Two Popes

NEW YORK—In “The Two Popes” (Netflix), their glossy but highly speculative account of supposedly real events, screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director Fernando Meirelles ill-advisedly try to extol Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) by trashing retired Pope […]

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Frozen II

NEW YORK—Both the filmmakers and the central voice cast of the much-loved 2013 original are reunited in “Frozen II” (Disney). They deliver an exuberant animated musical adventure that’s suitable for a wide demographic. While generally […]

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Midway

NEW YORK—It’s all hands on deck in the vivid fact-based naval epic “Midway” (Lionsgate). In fact, the cast of this historical drama is so crowded that viewers might feel the occasional roll call was in […]