Denis Villeneuve

Ryan Gosling, left, and Harrison Ford appear in “Blade Runner 2049,” the anticipated sequel to 1982’s “Blade Runner.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

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

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


Amy Adams is inspiring in “Arrival.” (Courtesy Jan Thijs/Paramount)

‘Arrival’ a rare sci-fi film with brains and heart

“Arrival” may not achieve the profundity it seeks, but this alien-contact adventure…


From left, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt appear in “Sicario.” (Richard Foreman, Jr./Lionsgate)

‘Sicario’ a brilliant film about drug trade, human weakness

Summer is over, and awards season is looming. With it comes “Sicario,”…


Jake Gyllenhaal

‘Prisoners’ has deeper thrills

Nothing extraordinary happens as the determined protagonists — one vigilante-style, and one…

Jake Gyllenhaal