Jeffrey M. Anderson

In “Toy Story 4,” Woody the cowboy befriends a new character, Forky. (Courtesy Disney/Pixar)

‘Toy Story 4’ is familiar and profound

Pixar franchise wears well over time

In “Toy Story 4,” Woody the cowboy befriends a new character, Forky. (Courtesy Disney/Pixar)
From left, Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny and Adam Driver appear in Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die.” (Courtesy Abbot Genser/Focus Features)

‘Dead Don’t Die’ offers Jim Jarmusch’s unique take on zombies

Low-key flick destined to become a cult classic

From left, Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny and Adam Driver appear in Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die.” (Courtesy Abbot Genser/Focus Features)
From left, Jonathan Majors and Jimmie Fails star in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” (Courtesy Peter Prato/A24)

‘Last Black Man’ a funny, wistful, touching debut

Joe Talbot, Jimmie Fails create love letter to San Francisco

From left, Jonathan Majors and Jimmie Fails star in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” (Courtesy Peter Prato/A24)
Octavia Spencer stars as a psychopath in “Ma.” (Courtesy Anna Kooris/Universal)

‘Ma’ gets crazy, but lacks depth worthy of Octavia Spencer’s talent

Characters have no inner life in psychological horror flick

Octavia Spencer stars as a psychopath in “Ma.” (Courtesy Anna Kooris/Universal)
From left, Olivia Wilde, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein work on the set of “Booksmart.” (Courtesy Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Pictures)

Olivia Wilde brings funny girls to big screen in ‘Booksmart’

Stars Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever collaborate in directorial debut

From left, Olivia Wilde, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein work on the set of “Booksmart.” (Courtesy Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Pictures)
Keanu Reeves, dressed sharp, returns as the title character in “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.” (Courtesy Lionsgate)

Slick third ‘John Wick’ flick does the trick

Reeves looks great in complicated addition to franchise

Keanu Reeves, dressed sharp, returns as the title character in “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.” (Courtesy Lionsgate)
From left, Justice Smith, the voice of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, and Kathryn Newman appear in “Pokemon Detective Pikachu.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ noisy yet charming

Reynolds, Smith’s performances add appeal to franchise flick

From left, Justice Smith, the voice of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, and Kathryn Newman appear in “Pokemon Detective Pikachu.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)
From left, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Dennis Quaid star in “The Intruder.” (Courtesy Serguei Baschlakov/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

‘Intruder’ a mechanical addition to ‘psychopathic stalker’ genre

But Meagan Good’s character is a nice highlight

From left, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Dennis Quaid star in “The Intruder.” (Courtesy Serguei Baschlakov/Sony Pictures Entertainment)
The superhero lineup in “Avengers: Endgame” includes, from left, War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). (Courtesy Film Frame/Marvel Studios)

‘Avengers: Endgame’ a magnificent epic

Big superhero series gets fitting final chapter

The superhero lineup in “Avengers: Endgame” includes, from left, War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). (Courtesy Film Frame/Marvel Studios)
Director Claire Denis went to great lengths to cast André Benjamin in “High Life.” (Courtesy A24)

Claire Denis discusses pitfalls in making ‘High Life’

Director delves deep into space in first English-language film

Director Claire Denis went to great lengths to cast André Benjamin in “High Life.” (Courtesy A24)
Hugh Jackman voices an English adventurer who meets a Sasquatch (Zach Galifianakis) in “Missing Link.” (Courtesy Laika Studios)

‘Missing Link’ a likable adventure with a little hope

Laika offers lighter themes on new animated offering

Hugh Jackman voices an English adventurer who meets a Sasquatch (Zach Galifianakis) in “Missing Link.” (Courtesy Laika Studios)
Michael Kenneth Williams, left, and Emilio Estevez appear in “The Public,” which is set in the Cincinnati Public Library. (Courtesy Universal Pictures Content Group)

Emilio Estevez takes on homelessness and librarians in ‘The Public’

“This movie celebrates the misfits and the outcasts and the marginalized —…

Michael Kenneth Williams, left, and Emilio Estevez appear in “The Public,” which is set in the Cincinnati Public Library. (Courtesy Universal Pictures Content Group)
The new live-action “Dumbo” beautifully captures the range of the little elephant’s emotions. (Courtesy Disney)

Tim Burton’s spin on ‘Dumbo’ makes old story worth retelling

None of the recent Disney live-action re-imaginings of classic animated films (“Cinderella,”…

The new live-action “Dumbo” beautifully captures the range of the little elephant’s emotions. (Courtesy Disney)
From left, Evan Alex, Lupita Nyong’o and Shahadi Wright Joseph star as a spooked family in “Us.” (Courtesy Claudette Barius/Universal Pictures)

Peele expertly follows ‘Get Out’ with startling and wildly entertaining ‘Us’

Jordan Peele’s “Us” attempts the impossible job of following the sensation that…

From left, Evan Alex, Lupita Nyong’o and Shahadi Wright Joseph star as a spooked family in “Us.” (Courtesy Claudette Barius/Universal Pictures)
Jia Zhangke is pictured on the set of his ninth feature. (Courtesy Cohen Media Group)

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…

Jia Zhangke is pictured on the set of his ninth feature. (Courtesy Cohen Media Group)
Brie Larson is excellent as the title character in “Captain Marvel.” (Courtesy Walt Disney Studios)

Funny, lovable ‘Captain Marvel’ has girl power

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

Brie Larson is excellent as the title character in “Captain Marvel.” (Courtesy Walt Disney Studios)
Chloë Grace Moretz, left, and Isabelle Huppert are excellent in “Greta,” an enjoyable stalker movie. (Courtesy Jonathan Hession/Focus Features)

Neil Jordan gives ‘Greta’ a human touch

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

Chloë Grace Moretz, left, and Isabelle Huppert are excellent in “Greta,” an enjoyable stalker movie. (Courtesy Jonathan Hession/Focus Features)
Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless are the heroes of “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” (Courtesy DreamWorks Animation LLC)

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

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

Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless are the heroes of “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” (Courtesy DreamWorks Animation LLC)
Israel Broussard and Jessica Rothe star in “Happy Death Day 2U.” (Courtesy Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures)

‘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…

Israel Broussard and Jessica Rothe star in “Happy Death Day 2U.” (Courtesy Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures)
Liam Neeson’s performance in “Cold Pursuit” defies expectations. (Courtesy Doane Gregory)

‘Cold Pursuit’ is a surprisingly thoughtful dark comedy

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

Liam Neeson’s performance in “Cold Pursuit” defies expectations. (Courtesy Doane Gregory)