Jeffrey M. Anderson

‘Pick of the Litter’ an adorable look at guide dogs in training

Certain types of movies are critic-proof. For example, those who might criticize…

‘Little Stranger’ is well-made and refined — yet chilly

Based on the best-selling book by Sarah Waters, the new movie “The…

‘Searching’ creators tell story of their taut computer-screen mystery

“Searching” is a sturdy, classical mystery about a father’s search for his…

‘Minding the Gap’ a moving and brilliant skateboard movie

One of the year’s great, small treasures, Bing Liu’s extraordinary documentary “Minding…

Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ entertaining, incendiary, essential

Though Spike Lee has continued to do highly personal, passionate work throughout…

‘Christopher Robin’ upsets simple magic of beloved ‘Pooh’ characters

The 1920s “Winnie-the-Pooh” books by A. A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest…

Sixth ‘Mission: Impossible’ more exciting, more touching

“Mission: Impossible-Fallout” is writer-director Christopher McQuarrie’s sixth collaboration with Tom Cruise; despite…

‘Eighth Grade’ is remarkably nonjudgmental, intuitive

Surely one of the year’s most notable writing and directing debuts, Bo…

Despite a few thrills, ‘Skyscraper’ isn’t up to code

How might the pitch meeting for “Skyscraper” have gone? “It’s like ‘Die…

‘Sorry to Bother You’ sets funny, scary scenario

If movies existed in a vacuum, then “Sorry to Bother You” --…

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ an entertaining, serviceable sequel

“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” -- the follow-up to 2015’s “Sicario” --…

Little is new in ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

The series that began 25 summers ago with “Jurassic Park” is back…

Funny and deep ‘Incredibles 2’ picks up where original left off

Pixar’s output is usually of such extraordinarily high quality that when it…

‘Neighbor’ reveals Mister Rogers’ ‘radical kindness’

The documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is about public TV’s Fred…

Gaiman, Mitchell strive for real punk in ‘Parties’

Not long after Neil Gaiman’s 2006 short story “How to Talk to…

Leigh Whannell relies on old-fashioned effects in ‘Upgrade’

After making mostly horror movies, Australian-born writer-director Leigh Whannell has crafted his…

Love of Westerns inspires Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo

It’s fitting that Alden Ehrenreich played a cowboy actor in Joel and…

Paul Schrader unusually focuses on spirituality in ‘First Reformed’

The first thing one might notice about writer-director Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed”…

Deadpool sequel cheerfully maintains original’s vulgar humor

The R-rated sequel “Deadpool 2,” the 11th film in Marvel’s X-Men series,…

Margot Robbie gives her movie-star best in mediocre ‘Terminal’

It could be that the age of movie stars is over, replaced…