This Disney/Pixar animated film burrows into the mind of a tween girl, where we meet her emotions, voiced by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. Besides a great adventure story, it’s a meditation on how memories shape our lives. (FULL REVIEW)
Woody Allen lets us down with this slogging story of a schlubby philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) who finds midlife renewal in the arms of a married fellow teacher (Parker Posey) and a comely student (Emma Stone). (FULL REVIEW)
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Twenty-two years have passed since the unfortunate events on Isla Nublar, and a new generation has finally opened a brand-new dinosaur theme park there. Humanity’s hubris, it seems, never goes extinct. (FULL REVIEW)
Love & Mercy
Paul Dano and John Cusack both star as Beach Boy Brian Wilson — at different stages of his troubled life — in this heartfelt and tuneful biopic. Paul Giamatti breathes fire as the evil shrink who nearly ruined Wilson’s life. (FULL REVIEW)
Now 93, a retired Sherlock Holmes ( Ian McKellen) reopens the one case he could never solve, at the same time befriending the young son of his housekeeper ( Laura Linney). McKellen is fun as a man abashed by the legend that has grown up around him. (FULL REVIEW)
When 1980s video-game characters try to destroy the world, only a team of middle-age former gamers can save us. Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and Kevin James (as the President!) try to evoke Ghostbusters, but we ain’t afraid of new ghosts.
A dying New York real estate mogul ( Ben Kingsley) has his consciousness exported into the body of a young man (Ryan Reynolds). Is there enough room in there for the two of them? From visionary director Tarsem Singh ( The Fall and Mirror Mirror).
Set Fire to the Stars
Elijah Wood stars as John Malcolm Brinnin, the New York academic who worshiped poet Dylan Thomas — until he brought the hard-drinking, hell-raising writer to America. Director Andy Goddard starkly captures the perils of coming face-to-face with your idol.
Southpaw yearns to be On the Waterfront or Raging Bull, but it could never be a contenduh. Though Jake Gyllenhaal transforms himself to play Billy “The Great” Hope, his scarred muscle mass and punch-drunk slurring can’t save the predictable script and derivative characters. (FULL REVIEW)