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As both a fresh approach to historical action and a thunderous throwback to old-fashioned war movies, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is a triumphant feat of white-knuckle storytelling. Nolan depicts one of the signal moments of World War II, an event tattooed …

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  • This image released by STX Entertainment shows Dane DeHaan in a scene from ’Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.’ (Vikram Gounassegarin/STX Entertainment via AP) Movie review: Sci-fi marvel ‘Valerian’ starts strong, but fizzles out
    The French director Luc Besson has two gears — outlandishly eye-popping and ridiculously convoluted — and he hits both hard in the whack-a-doodle spac...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 06:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  courtesy photo  Greer Garson (left) and Walter Pidgeon play a middle-class English couple in the 1942 World War II home-front movie ’Mrs. Miniver.’ 7 movies that show British stiff upper lips
    Much of our perceptions of the British — quietly determined, maintaining their stiff upper lips, keeping calm and carrying on — are products of the mo...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 03:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Sony Pictures Classics  Sally Hawkins stars in ’Maudie,’ the true story of an arthritic Nova Scotia housekeeper who became a well-regarded painter. Movie review: An unlikely artist blossoms in tender ‘Maudie’
    The biographical drama “Maudie” is a delicate and beautiful little film, which is utterly appropriate for the frail person whose life — trying to add ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  MGM Susan Sarandon (left) and Geena Davis star in the 1991 drama ’Thelma & Louise.’ New book chronicles how ‘Thelma & Louise’ bucked the system and made the leap to screen immortality
    Who could forget the ending to “Thelma & Louise”? You know the scene, where Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer are driving toward the Grand Canyon, a ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 09:34 pm   |     |   Share



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  • This image released by Netflix shows Lily Collins in, ’To The Bone.’ (Netflix via AP) Sensitive ‘To the Bone’ dares to dramatize eating disorders
    Longtime TV writer/producer Marti Noxon makes a sure-footed feature directorial debut with “To the Bone,” a drama about eating disorders that doesn’t ...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Woody Harrelson, center, in a scene from, ’War for the Planet of the Apes.’ (Twentieth Century Fox via AP) ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is so moving you’ll root against your own species
    Humanity, you had a good run. You produced Socrates, William Shakespeare, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela and Beyoncé. You invented the wheel, music, the ...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 08:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • ‘Chasing Coral’ beautifully captures death in the oceans
    The beauty of “Chasing Coral” is matched only by its urgency, as director Jeff Orlowski encapsulates the issue of global climate change by showing whe...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:16 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Members of a Jerusalem synagogue must rally when their place of worship becomes structurally unsound, in the Israeli comedy-drama ’The Women’s Balcony.’ Courtesy Menemsha Films Exuberant ‘Women’s Balcony’ shows a Jerusalem synagogue’s congregation in crisis
    Culturally specific and embracingly universal, the Israeli comedy-drama “The Women’s Balcony” is an exuberant, life-affirming celebration of community...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:08 pm   |     |   Share
  •   A teen (Joey King) comes across a box with magic powers, in the horror thriller ’Wish Upon.’ It opens in theaters July 14. Courtesy Broad Green Pictures High-school horror movie ‘Wish Upon’ is repetitive, witless horror.
    A Chinese music box springs to life in the high-school horror movie “Wish Upon,” but the plot of this distasteful mess is even more mechanical. The mu...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cheery ‘B-Side’ marks end of a photographer’s era
    Like the pictures taken by his subject, Errol Morris’ latest documentary, “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” boasts a deceptive simpli...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Alison Brie, Kate Micucci and Aubrey Plaza appear in ’The Little Hours’ by Jeff Baena, an official selection of the Midnight program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Institute Raunchy scattershot comedy ‘The Little Hours’ and its swearing medieval nuns is a tedious exercise in improv
    Hearing medieval nuns swear is good for a laugh or two — but it’s not enough to base an entire movie around, as the scattershot comedy “The Little Hou...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 04:29 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Naomi Nero plays Pierre, a k a Felipe, an androgynous young man who must adjust to suddenly meeting his biological family, in the Brazilian drama ’Don’t Call Me Son.’ The movie is one of 23 films slated for the 2017 Damn These Heels Film Festival, running July 14-16, at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City. Courtesy Utah Film Center At Utah’s LGBTQ film festival, a timely comedy about HIV and insurance 16 years in the making
    In the 16 years between writing his first feature screenplay, “Pushing Dead,” and making the finished movie, writer-director Tom E. Brown had hoped hi...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 03:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sharlto Copley in TriStar Pictures’ sci-fi thriller ’District 9.’ 7 movies where humanity is the villain
    Human beings think pretty highly of themselves, but the rest of the food chain — as well as a few alien species — often don’t see humanity as the good...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 08:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Tom Holland in a scene from ’Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ (Chuck Zlotnick/Columbia Pictures-Sony via AP) A new web-slinger soars in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
    “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the sixth movie in the past 15 years starring Marvel’s wall-crawling character and the third to reset the franchise with a...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by Lionsgate, Kumail Nanjiani, left, and Zoe Kazan appear in a scene from,’The Big Sick.’ The film, written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon, chronicles their relationship from the start, when the Pakistan-born Nanjiani was trying to make it as a stand-up in Chicago and Gordon was in a coma. (Sarah Shatz/Lionsgate via AP) Movie review: Romance takes odd turns in charming ‘The Big Sick’
    In the thoroughly wonderful romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” there’s a moment when the male lead, Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), gets some wisdom from his w...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  •    Rev. Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall, left), leader of the pro-Unionist party in Northern Ireland, and Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), the representative of the IRA’s political arm Sinn Fein, face each other on the eve of peace negotiations, in the drama ’The Journey.’ Aidan Monaghan  |  IFC Films Good acting makes ‘The Journey’ worth the trip
    Two strong performances, by the character actors Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, propel “The Journey,” a fictionalized take on a slice of real history:...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy A24 Films   Christopher Plummer plays Kaiser Wilhelm II, living in exile in Holland at the start of World War II, in the drama ’The Exception.’ Sex, spies and the Kaiser an odd mix in ‘The Exception’
    Love and war are longtime movie companions, but the pairing in “The Exception,” a World War II morality drama with plenty of steamy sex, is more bizar...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of ’Kong: Skull Island.’ Nanjiani and Gordon wrote the film, “The Big Sick,” which chronicles their relationship from the start, when the Pakistan-born Nanjiani was trying to make it as a stand-up in Chicago. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Can Kumail Nanjiani’s love story ‘The Big Sick’ save the romantic comedy?
    Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon made tweaks here and there to the autobiographical “The Big Sick,” a romantic comedy based on their extraordinary rom...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  • ‘Despicable Me 3’ a stale rehash of old ideas
    The animated “Despicable Me 3” proves there’s one tactical advantage to making children’s movies: The target audience is too young to know the sources...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 02:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Focus Features shows Nicole Kidman, left, and Colin Farrell in a scene from ’The Beguiled.’ (Ben Rothstein/Focus Features via AP) ‘The Beguiled’ is a sly, seductive Southern gothic thriller
    Like a sharp sword in a velvet sheath, writer-director Sofia Coppola’s remake of the Civil War drama “The Beguiled” is delicately beautiful with a cor...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 01:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This file image released by Warner Bros Pictures shows, from left, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas in a scene from ’The House.’ The Minions are still a box office force and original stories are scoring big, but not the R-rated comedy — even with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler behind it. (Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP, File) ’Despicable Me 3’ and ‘Baby Driver’ win, ‘The House’ doesn’t
    Los Angeles • The Minions are still a box office force and original stories are scoring big, but not the R-rated comedy — even with Will Ferrell and A...
    Updated Jul 02 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by the Sundance Institute shows Sam Elliott in a scene from ’The Hero’ a film by Brett Haley. The film was an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. (Beth Dubber/Sundance Institue via AP) Movie review: Sam Elliott shows heart behind the icon in ‘The Hero’
    Sam Elliott proves he’s more than just a rugged Western icon in “The Hero,” a lovely comedy-drama about a lifetime of achievement. Elliott plays Lee H...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 01:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Sony/TriStar shows, from left, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Hamm in a scene from the film, ’Baby Driver.’ (Wilson Webb/Sony/TriStar via AP) Movie review: Action-filled ‘Baby Driver’ moves like a dream
    Like the cars the main character favors and the music he listens to, “Baby Driver” is sleek, fast, propulsive and a wild ride. Ansel Elgort plays Baby...
    Updated Jun 29 2017 09:08 am   |     |   Share
  • Movie review: Comedy ‘Dean’ chokes on its own whimsy
    If the comedy “Dean” — a one-man labor of like for its star, director and writer, Demetri Martin — were any more low-key, you’d call the EMTs to admin...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 01:58 pm   |     |   Share