Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jia Zhangke touches on favorite themes in masterful ‘Ash Is Purest White’

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke isn’t a household name in the U.S. His…

Funny, lovable ‘Captain Marvel’ has girl power

“Captain Marvel,” the 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, maintains the…

Neil Jordan gives ‘Greta’ a human touch

Neil Jordan’s “Greta” resembles 1990s psychopathic stalker movies such as “Misery,” “Pacific…

Third ‘How to Train Your Dragon’: clunky story, great-looking

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” the third animated feature…

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ a scrappy sequel with character appeal

“Happy Death Day,” which could be described as “Groundhog Day”-meets-”Scream,” shouldn’t have…

‘Cold Pursuit’ is a surprisingly thoughtful dark comedy

Notwithstanding reports about Liam Neeson’s racist comments about wanting to kill a…

‘Lego Movie 2’ still clicks satisfyingly into place

Released in 2014, “The Lego Movie” was a delightful animated surprise --…

‘Serenity’ is a fishing-boat film noir turned sideways

“Serenity” starts like a traditional film noir, glossy and heated, with a…

Karyn Kusama discusses ‘Destroyer’s’ physical, moral challenges

Although 2018 included remarkable cinematic achievements by women, Karyn Kusama’s extraordinary, haunting…

Pawel Pawlikowski follows ‘Ida’ with dynamic black-and-white ‘Cold War’

In 2015, Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski won the Oscar for Best Foreign…

‘Escape Room’ tantalizes both brains and brawn

True cineastes know that January movies are generally unwanted castoffs, the riffraff…

‘Aquaman’: Moments of fun, but too long and explosive

The sixth in the DC Extended Universe movie franchise, “Aquaman” is fun,…

Armie Hammer steps into RBG’s husband’s shoes in ‘On the Basis of Sex’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has evolved into a role…

‘Moonlight’-maker Jenkins follows Oscar win with elegant ‘Beale Street’

Barry Jenkins, whose glorious “Moonlight” won three Academy Awards including best picture,…

‘Into the Spider-Verse’ amazing, spectacular, astonishing

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is an animated film -- not part of…

Holiday horror musical ‘Anna’ deceptively packs emotion

Melding genres that don’t ordinarily mix can sometimes provide great inspiration. There…

Wicked, funny ‘Favourite’ overstays its welcome

Greek-born filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ cinematic worlds -- in “Dogtooth,” “The Lobster” and…

‘Eternity’s Gate’ a challenging portrait of Vincent Van Gogh

Movies about painters, from “Pollock” to “Frida” to “Girl with the Pearl…

Lee Chang-dong’s enigmatic ‘Burning’ intrigues

The mysterious, entrancing “Burning,” the latest from South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong…

Rosamund Pike brings reporter Marie Colvin to life in ‘A Private War’

In “A Private War,” Rosamund Pike gives a committed, convincing performance as…