Jeffrey M. Anderson

‘Live by Night’ an all too ordinary gangster movie

Last month, hints that Ben Affleck’s new “Live by Night” might be…

Adam Driver fills big screen in Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

Though Adam Driver is best known for his roles in “Star Wars:…

‘Fences’ actors enjoy smooth transition from stage to screen

“It was like getting the band back together,” says Stephen McKinley Henderson…

‘Why Him?’ has a few laughs thanks to Cranston, Franco

If the new Christmas season comedy “Why Him?” looks familiar, perhaps it…

‘La La Land’s’ Damien Chazelle, Justin Hurwitz face the music and dance

Two years ago, director Damien Chazelle had a wonderful success with his…

‘Rogue One’ a minor entry in epic ‘Star Wars’ saga

The new one-off “Star Wars” movie “Rogue One” takes place after the…

‘Jackie,’ with the remarkable Natalie Portman, is history told anew

Yet another film about the Kennedy family may seem like an eye-rolling…

Moana an appealing new kind of Disney princess

It looks like Disney will have another success, perhaps even one of…

Elf portrait: Tony Cox returns to phenomenal ‘Bad Santa’ role

It’s only natural that Tony Cox would sign on for the new…

‘Fantastic Beasts’ a fun, cheerful ‘Harry Potter’ reboot

Much like three “Hobbit” films that came after “The Lord of the…

Film takes loving approach to couple’s landmark story

“Loving,” director Jeff Nichols’ fifth feature, is sure to be one of…

Benedict Cumberbatch makes ‘Strange’ magic

It’s rather impressive how, in the midst of a glut of superhero…

Park Chan-wook’s ‘Handmaiden’ is elegant, erotic and twisted

“The Handmaiden,” a film based on a novel by U.K. author Sarah…

Ewan McGregor wears a new hat with ‘American Pastoral’ directorial debut

Known for consistent good acting in dozens of films from “Trainspotting” to…

Kelly Reichardt brings ‘Certain Women’ stories to light

In her new movie “Certain Women,” Kelly Reichardt, who has quietly become…

Assets outweigh liabilities in ‘The Accountant’

Many films about hired killers and assassins, from “Le Samourai” to “The…

Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ is rousing and troubling

With the title of his new movie “The Birth of a Nation,”…

Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’ slow but striking

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is about talented, outcast children with…

Diverse ‘Magnificent Seven’ remake tells an old story well

The new “The Magnificent Seven” -- a remake of the 1960 Western…

‘Snowden’ a soft companion piece to ‘Citizenfour’

The main question regarding Oliver Stone’s new biopic “Snowden” -- in addition…