Jeffrey M. Anderson

Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek are charming in  “The Old Man & the Gun.” (Courtesy Eric Zachanowich/ 20th Century Fox)

‘Old Man & the Gun’ a joyful final role for Redford

Robert Redford, a star of the highest caliber for more than 50…

Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek are charming in  “The Old Man & the Gun.” (Courtesy Eric Zachanowich/ 20th Century Fox)
Migo, left, comes into contact with the human Percy in the joyous “Smallfoot.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Smart ‘Smallfoot’ champions kindness, curiosity

Trailers for the new computer-animated, kid-friendly “Smallfoot” were unpromising, and the yeti…

Migo, left, comes into contact with the human Percy in the joyous “Smallfoot.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
From left, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Jack Black star “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” a supernatural family flick. (Courtesy Universal)

‘House with a Clock’ a magical family-friendly adventure

Based on a 1973 novel by John Bellairs, “The House with a…

From left, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Jack Black star “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” a supernatural family flick. (Courtesy Universal)
A Predator escapes from a secret compound in “The Predator.” (Courtesy Kimberley French /Twentieth Century Fox)

Subversive fourth ‘Predator’ movie is fast, funny

Shane Black’s “The Predator” probably isn’t what anyone expected from a new…

A Predator escapes from a secret compound in “The Predator.” (Courtesy Kimberley French /Twentieth Century Fox)
Phil is one of the puppies profiled in the heartwarming “Pick of the Litter.” (Courtesy Sundance Selects)

‘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…

Phil is one of the puppies profiled in the heartwarming “Pick of the Litter.” (Courtesy Sundance Selects)
Domhnall Gleeson stars in "The Little Stranger," a movie based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Waters. (Courtesy Nicola Dove/Focus Features)

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

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

Domhnall Gleeson stars in "The Little Stranger," a movie based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Waters. (Courtesy Nicola Dove/Focus Features)
John Cho plays a dad whose daughter is missing in “Searching.” (Courtesy Screen Gems)

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

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

John Cho plays a dad whose daughter is missing in “Searching.” (Courtesy Screen Gems)
From left, Keire, Bing and Zack are friends whose journeys are profiled over years in the amazing “Minding the Gap.”  (Courtesy Hulu)

‘Minding the Gap’ a moving and brilliant skateboard movie

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

From left, Keire, Bing and Zack are friends whose journeys are profiled over years in the amazing “Minding the Gap.”  (Courtesy Hulu)
Adam Driver, left, and John David Washington star in “BlacKkKlansman.” (Courtesy Focus Features)

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

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

Adam Driver, left, and John David Washington star in “BlacKkKlansman.” (Courtesy Focus Features)
Ewan McGregor plays the title character in “Christopher Robin,” another film based on A. A. Milne’s beloved characters. (Courtesy Disney)

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

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

Ewan McGregor plays the title character in “Christopher Robin,” another film based on A. A. Milne’s beloved characters. (Courtesy Disney)
Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in another thrilling “Mission: Impossible” movie. (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)

Sixth ‘Mission: Impossible’ more exciting, more touching

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

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in another thrilling “Mission: Impossible” movie. (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)
Elsie Fisher plays the sympathetic heroine of “Eighth Grade.” (Courtesy A24)

‘Eighth Grade’ is remarkably nonjudgmental, intuitive

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

Elsie Fisher plays the sympathetic heroine of “Eighth Grade.” (Courtesy A24)
Neve Campbell and Dwayne Johnson get in big scrapes in “Skyscraper.”

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

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

Neve Campbell and Dwayne Johnson get in big scrapes in “Skyscraper.”
Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield star in “Sorry to Bother You.” (Courtesy Annapurna Pictures)

‘Sorry to Bother You’ sets funny, scary scenario

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

Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield star in “Sorry to Bother You.” (Courtesy Annapurna Pictures)
Isabela Moner and Benicio Del Toro appear in the engaging crime sequel “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” (Courtesy Richard Foreman Jr./Sony Pictures)

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

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

Isabela Moner and Benicio Del Toro appear in the engaging crime sequel “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” (Courtesy Richard Foreman Jr./Sony Pictures)
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard hide from the Indoraptor in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” (Courtesy Universal Studios, Amblin Entertainment, Legendary Pictures Productions)

Little is new in ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

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

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard hide from the Indoraptor in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” (Courtesy Universal Studios, Amblin Entertainment, Legendary Pictures Productions)
Elastigirl goes out on dangerous missions in “Incredibles 2.” (Courtesy Pixar)

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

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

Elastigirl goes out on dangerous missions in “Incredibles 2.” (Courtesy Pixar)
Fred Rogers (pictured with Daniel Tiger on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”) is the subject of the touching documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Courtesy The Fred Rogers Company/Focus Features)

‘Neighbor’ reveals Mister Rogers’ ‘radical kindness’

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

Fred Rogers (pictured with Daniel Tiger on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”) is the subject of the touching documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Courtesy The Fred Rogers Company/Focus Features)
John Cameron Mitchell, left, and Alex Sharp work on “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” (Courtesy A24)

Gaiman, Mitchell strive for real punk in ‘Parties’

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

John Cameron Mitchell, left, and Alex Sharp work on “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” (Courtesy A24)
Betty Gabriel and Logan Marshall-Green star in “Upgrade.” (Courtesy BH Tilt)

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

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

Betty Gabriel and Logan Marshall-Green star in “Upgrade.” (Courtesy BH Tilt)