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Filmmaking artistry on first-rate display in ‘Three Billboards’

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” begins where most stories should begin, already in progress. The pivotal event, the tragedy from which the central character can never recover, has already happened, and [Read entire story]

‘Wonder’ stays genuine and true

“Wonder” is based on the R.J. Palacio novel about a little boy with a scarred and congenitally odd face, the result of a condition known as Treacher Collins Syndrome. In a novel, the reader pictures the boy’s face, [Read entire story]

Gerwig’s debut movie could launch exceptional career

Lady Bird Greta Gerwig’s debut as a solo writer-director is this unconventional coming-of-age tale about an extroverted high school senior (Saoirse Ronan), clashing with her mother and wanting to leave her native [Read entire story]

‘Justice League’ is no Avengers

With “Justice League,” DC Comics is trying to replicate the success of Marvel’s Avengers franchise, but there’s one big problem. These are not flashy personalities with special talents that happen to complement [Read entire story]

SFFILM to honor Winslet, Bigelow

Kate Winslet has won an Oscar, three Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, three European Film Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. But until now, one award has eluded her . . . the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting. [Read entire story]

Shrewd satire of modern art, vapid thought in ‘The Square’

“The Square” satirizes the kind of impotent, progressive relativism that has infected modern art and thought. In an early scene, a reporter — played by Elisabeth Moss — asks a museum curator about a particularly [Read entire story]

Do you ever love a movie and not know why?

Hey Mick: Do you ever see a movie that you love, but then find yourself searching your mind for reasons to recommend it? Scott Parkay, El Sobrante [Read entire story]

A successful new stab at ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express” contains some of the best of old and new. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, this is in many ways an old-fashioned entertainment, but it has [Read entire story]

Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ is warm and inspired

Greta Gerwig has previously collaborated with other filmmakers, both in writing and direction, but “Lady Bird” is the first movie in which she’s been completely in charge — and she is better off on her own. This [Read entire story]

In ‘Last Flag Flying,’ even the audience can’t outrun the pain

In “Last Flag Flying,” director Richard Linklater comes to grips with a reality of life that most people (and movies) would prefer to deny: Bad things can happen from which there is no recovery. There are emotional [Read entire story]

Ask Mick LaSalle: What makes a star a star?

Dear Sir Mick: Over the years there have been many film stars. What are the threads that tie them all together, that in the end make them magic, make them a movie star? Robert Freud [Read entire story]

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ doesn’t hammer all the fun out of a big movie

So the first “Thor” was rather small-scale and charming. It didn’t take itself seriously. Then the second “Thor” came along with a bad case of blockbuster-itis, which obliterated most (but not all) of the [Read entire story]

‘LBJ’ is a good story told badly

This is the ideal week to release “LBJ,” because there is something of a Halloween costume about Woody Harrelson’s appearance in the film. He looks as if frozen midway into some morphing process between himself and [Read entire story]

‘Wonderstruck’ is a beautiful movie but it lacks substance

There is a lot to be said for and about “Wonderstruck,” but the essential thing, the practical thing that will most concern audiences, is that it’s the cinematic equivalent of knockout drops. You could have three [Read entire story]

‘Suburbicon’ is a not-good mix of Coens and Clooney

The Coen brothers wrote “Suburbicon,” but never produced it; and it turns out that they knew best. As directed by George Clooney, and rewritten by Clooney and Grant Heslov, “Suburbicon” is something of a mess, a [Read entire story]

‘BPM’ film re-creates desperation during AIDS crisis in Paris

“BPM (Beats Per Minute)” is a French movie that re-creates a particular moment in the AIDS crisis through the lives of several ACT UP participants living in Paris. From the first minute of the film, which plunges the [Read entire story]

‘Breathe,’ about paralysis, is a little too cheerful

In real life, it is possible to be truly happy without a boulder suddenly dropping from the sky to smash you and your happiness to smithereens. It’s actually possible for people to be in a relationship and get along [Read entire story]

‘The Snowman’ is ugly and nasty — and worse than that

“The Snowman” is ugly and nasty, but that’s not the worst of it. The worst is that it’s boring and makes no sense. Based on the novel by the Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo, “The Snowman” has [Read entire story]

‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ a beautiful, exquisite film

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” is an exquisite, beautiful film, and like most beautiful things, there’s something painful about it. It depicts a kind of beauty, innocence and purity that can’t be forever, whose [Read entire story]

‘Professor Marston’ the fascinating tale of Wonder Woman’s creation

It’s a lucky thing for us that William Marston eventually created Wonder Woman; otherwise, we would never know his story. A movie needs a destination, and historically based movies need some kind of event or [Read entire story]