Jeffrey M. Anderson

Director Nisha Ganatra works on the set of “The High Note.” (Courtesy Glen Wilson/Focus Features)

Director Nisha Ganatra sings praises of her ‘High Note’ cast

Tracee Ellis Ross, Dakota Johnson star pop music-themed flick

Director Nisha Ganatra works on the set of “The High Note.” (Courtesy Glen Wilson/Focus Features)
Lily Collins is good in the ultimately disappointing thriller “Inheritance.” (Courtesy Vertical Entertainment)

‘Inheritance,’ ‘Lovebirds,’ ‘Painter’ share crime scenes

Secrets, romance, murder, art and theft in new digital releases

Lily Collins is good in the ultimately disappointing thriller “Inheritance.” (Courtesy Vertical Entertainment)
Scooby-Doo (voiced by Frank Welker) and Shaggy (voiced by Will Forte) are back in yet another comic cartoon adventure. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jinkies! New ‘Scoob!’ misses magic of the originals

Weak chemistry, unfamiliar voice cast mar computer-animated mystery

Scooby-Doo (voiced by Frank Welker) and Shaggy (voiced by Will Forte) are back in yet another comic cartoon adventure. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)
Karen (Otmara Marrero, left) meets the mysterious Lana (Sydney Sweeney) while trying to recover from a broken heart at a lake house in “Clementine.” (Courtesy Oscilloscope)

Good on VOD: ‘Clementine,’ ‘How to Build a Girl,’ ‘Rewind,’ ‘Plagiarists’

New drama, comedy, doc and experimental films worth streaming

Karen (Otmara Marrero, left) meets the mysterious Lana (Sydney Sweeney) while trying to recover from a broken heart at a lake house in “Clementine.” (Courtesy Oscilloscope)
A mercenary (Chris Hemsworth) must protect the son (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) of a drug lord in “Extraction.” (Courtesy photo/Netflix)

‘Extraction’ and ‘1BR’ are among four new movies worth streaming this week

Mercenaries, sexual taboos and evil cults populate our latest batch of recommended films

A mercenary (Chris Hemsworth) must protect the son (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) of a drug lord in “Extraction.” (Courtesy photo/Netflix)
Anthony Daniels in character in the C-3PO suit on the set of “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.” (Courtesy/Lucasfilm/Disney)

The man behind C-3PO talks about his 40-plus years on “Star Wars”

Last month, the man behind one of the most famous characters in one of the all-time most popular movie franchises was in San Francisco

Anthony Daniels in character in the C-3PO suit on the set of “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.” (Courtesy/Lucasfilm/Disney)
Jesse Eisenberg stars as Marcel Marceau in the World War II-set “Resistance.” (Courtesy IFC Films)

‘Resistance,’ ‘Vivarium,’ ‘Bacurau,’ ‘Banana Split’ on demand

New releases shock, thrill, amuse and tug heartstrings

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Marcel Marceau in the World War II-set “Resistance.” (Courtesy IFC Films)
Orion Lee, left, and John Magaro star in “First Cow.” (Courtesy Allyson Riggs/A24 Films)

Thick as thieves in ‘First Cow, Burnt Orange Heresy’

Very different films both based around moral complexities of stealing

Orion Lee, left, and John Magaro star in “First Cow.” (Courtesy Allyson Riggs/A24 Films)
Will Forte stars in “Extra Ordinary,” which he calls a “horror movie, but also a comedy and a love story.” (Courtesy photo)

Will Forte gets ‘Extra Ordinary,’ Dan Scanlon moves ‘Onward’

Funny filmmakers also can produce a touching moment or two

Will Forte stars in “Extra Ordinary,” which he calls a “horror movie, but also a comedy and a love story.” (Courtesy photo)
Adèle Haenel, left, and Noémie Merlant star in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” (Courtesy MK2 Films)

A fictional painter, real-life film critic light up the screen

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘Art of Pauline Kael’ new at the movies

Adèle Haenel, left, and Noémie Merlant star in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” (Courtesy MK2 Films)
Blake Lively stars in “The Rhythm Section,” an uneven action film from the producers of the James Bond movies.

‘Rhythm Section,’ Oscar shorts are slow and serious

Off pacing, heaviness characterize January 2020 releases

Blake Lively stars in “The Rhythm Section,” an uneven action film from the producers of the James Bond movies.
Will Smith, left, and Martin Lawrence are back in “Bad Boys for Life.” (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

‘Life’ doesn’t have to be ‘Miserable’

Three new movies do their best to live up to their disparate titles

Will Smith, left, and Martin Lawrence are back in “Bad Boys for Life.” (Courtesy Sony Pictures)
From left, Dean-Charles Chapman, director Sam Mendes and George MacKay work on the set of “1917.” (Courtesy François Duhamel/UniversalPictures)

Sam Mendes combines tech, heart in epic ‘1917’

World War I flick dazzles like a ticking-clock thriller

From left, Dean-Charles Chapman, director Sam Mendes and George MacKay work on the set of “1917.” (Courtesy François Duhamel/UniversalPictures)
There’s no shortage of lightsaber battles in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” (Courtesy Lucasfilm Ltd.)

‘Rise of Skywalker’ comprehensively concludes ‘Star Wars’

Ninth movie bids farewell to beloved characters with joy, sadness

There’s no shortage of lightsaber battles in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” (Courtesy Lucasfilm Ltd.)
From left, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates and Paul Walter Hauser star in “Richard Jewell.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

‘Richard Jewell’ a telling tale of human nature

Great cast shines in Clint Eastwood drama about heroes under suspicion

From left, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates and Paul Walter Hauser star in “Richard Jewell.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mark Ruffalo, left, and director Todd Haynes work on the set of “Dark Waters.” (Courtesy Mary Cybulski/Focus Features)

Mark Ruffalo goes deep in ‘Dark Waters’

Actor stars in, produces film taking on corporate chemical giant

Mark Ruffalo, left, and director Todd Haynes work on the set of “Dark Waters.” (Courtesy Mary Cybulski/Focus Features)
Ana de Armas and Rian Johnson work on the set of “Knives Out.” (Couresty Claire Folger/Lionsgate)

Rian Johnson has infectious fun, onscreen and off, on cheeky ‘Knives Out’

Amusing mystery inspired by Agatha Christie whodunits

Ana de Armas and Rian Johnson work on the set of “Knives Out.” (Couresty Claire Folger/Lionsgate)
Taylor Russell and Lucas Hedges appear in “Waves.” (Courtesy A24)

Behind the scenes with great ‘Waves’ director, actors

Trey Edward Shults, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell discuss movie’s unique feel

Taylor Russell and Lucas Hedges appear in “Waves.” (Courtesy A24)
From left, Alma Har’el, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges and Shia LaBeouf attend the “Honey Boy” European premiere in London. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI/TNS)

Shia LaBeouf’s screenplay comes to life in ‘Honey Boy’

Director Alma Har’el brings troubled actor’s therapeutic project to film

From left, Alma Har’el, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges and Shia LaBeouf attend the “Honey Boy” European premiere in London. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI/TNS)
Al Pacino, left, and Robert De Niro star in Martin Scorsese’s latest mob movie, “The Irishman.” (Courtesy Netflix)

Martin Scorsese’s epic ‘Irishman’ recalls crime classics

Yet drama offers a more reflective, melancholy feel

Al Pacino, left, and Robert De Niro star in Martin Scorsese’s latest mob movie, “The Irishman.” (Courtesy Netflix)