Just in time for Mardi Gras, this music doc on the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joyously celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and its cultural cousins across the Gulf of Mexico.
A marooned Mads Mikkelson strives to survive in a desolate, polar landscape.
Executive-produced by Tim Tebow, the football drama refreshingly taps its faith-based button before inevitably leaning on it.
The sequel ably changes its genre gears with only slightly diminished returns.
An all-time great child performance and sustained hope over a lengthy runtime makes Nadine Labaki’s latest a worthy Oscar nominee.
Rebel Wilson proves generally ready for leading lady status in this skewering of rom-com conventions.
In the rarefied world of third installments of animation franchises, HTTYD3 may be outshone only by Toy Story 3.
This post-apocalyptic sci-fi action film is mostly a great excuse for a series of thoroughly entertaining, CG-heavy action sequences.
The surprise double Oscar nominee is a rewarding but trying three-hour experience.
The Asheville Movie Guys make a case for seeing the Coen brothers’ anthology film on the big screen.
The animated sequel is as fun and funny as its predecessor, though the increased reliance on live-action exposition is troubling.
The Story: This year's nominees in consideration for the Best Documentary Short Academy Award. The Lowdown: Uniformly accomplished, uniformly depressing, this year's competitors for the Documentary Short Oscar are a collection of films probing the uglier side of our sociological zeitgeist.
In Brief: Dario Argento may well be something of an acquired taste, but there's no better place to start for the uninitiated than his giallo masterpiece, 1973's Deep Red (Profondo Rosso). While it may not be as surrealistically inclined as some of Argento's later work, that makes for a more accessible narrative — and it's still…
In Brief: Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality (1923) may not be one of his best-known, but that doesn't mean it isn't one of his best. Keaton's Southern satire, based on the historic feud between the Hatfields and McCoys, features some of his most memorable sight gags and remarkable stunt work. It also boasts no less than four…
The Story: When a snowplow driver's son is murdered by a drug cartel, he takes revenge with extreme prejudice — because this time, it's personal. The Lowdown: An unapologetically ridiculous parody of revenge thrillers that revels in its gore and garrulity in equal measure — in short, the perfect panacea for those suffering from prestige fatigue.
The Story: After a bump on the head, a sports agent finds that she can suddenly read men's minds. The Lowdown: Way too long and with a lopsided supporting cast, the film still finds some bright spots and is a good showcase for Taraji P. Henson's underused and gloriously lowbrow side.
The Story: A serial killer reincarnates into a young boy in order to carry out a grisly plan. The Lowdown: Happy Death Day 2U opens nationwide on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
RaMell Ross’ Oscar-nominated documentary both warrants enthusiasm for its directorial creativity, yet frequently allows this same unconventionality to bog down the proceedings.
The Story: This year's nominees in consideration for the Best Animated Short Academy Award. The Lowdown: A bit underwhelming in comparison to last year's lineup, the 2019 animated shorts are uniformly likable if not overwhelmingly so.
The Story: This year's collection of Academy Award nominees for Best Live Action Short. The Lowdown: Depressing, distressing and self-obsessing, the films in competition for the 2019 Live Action Short Oscar are some of my least favorite in recent memory.
The Story: A beauty pageant contestant is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel to move money and product across the border. The Lowdown: The rare remake that makes you wish the original had never existed.