Jeffrey M. Anderson

With magic and beauty, Pixar’s ‘Coco’ celebrates family, music, life and death

Pixar’s 19th animated feature film, “Coco,” which opens Wednesday in Bay Area…

‘Justice League’: A team come true

Well, this is a happy surprise. After the sludgy, lumbering, overly serious…

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Orient Express’ a bright, old-fashioned ride

In the new “Murder on the Orient Express,” Agatha Christie’s beloved Hercule…

Richard Linklater chats about ‘Last Flag Flying’s’ rich characters, performances

Richard Linklater has been on a roll in recent years, with outstanding…

New Thor movie has fun, personality

The 17th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Series, “Thor: Ragnarok” feels…

Todd Haynes talks about sound and quiet in ‘Wonderstruck’

Todd Haynes is one of the few American filmmakers that conveys ideas…

‘Marshall’: Important topic, great entertainment

Reginald Hudlin’s “Marshall” is, simply, an important film as well as an…

‘Blade Runner 2049’ is very good, if not quite great

Watching a sequel to “Blade Runner,” at least for a certain generation…

Stephen Frears takes on royalty again in ‘Victoria & Abdul’

A decade after his success with “The Queen,” twice Oscar-nominated Stephen Frears…

Husband-wife filmmakers take on Riggs-King tennis battle

It might have been easy to make a typical good-girl-vs.-bad-guy movie version…

For dumb and confusing action, try ‘American Assassin’

Adding the word “American” to a movie title -- though it frequently…

Big-screen ‘It’ gets power from misfit heroes

Based on Stephen King’s much-loved 1986 novel, the new movie “It” is…

Lakeith Stanfield’s star turn elevates ‘Crown Heights’

If anyone is on the verge of becoming a breakout star, it’s…

‘Patti Cake$’ star is not what she seems

The hit of the Sundance Film Festival, and a feature at the…

Robert Pattinson gets close to New Yorkers in ‘Good Time’

For their new movie, director brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie wanted to…

Jeannette Walls sanctions ‘Glass Castle’ the movie

When Jeannette Walls goes to readings, she’s introduced as the author of…

‘Inconvenient Sequel’ a personal, hopeful, urgent doc

Eleven years ago, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” was an attempt to…

‘Detroit’ a harrowing masterpiece about 1967 riots

“Detroit” is yet another masterpiece from that most singular of American directors,…

‘Valerian’: Dizzy, dazzling, dumb fun in space

Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” sports a…

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ superb, smart and relevant

For every new, dumb “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “Transformers” sequel, studios…