Puzzled and surprised

This film looks like a movie made from far-too-familiar pieces. Instead, Puzzle is a delightful and…


Dead Poets Society and the Legacy of Dr. Luke Reinsma

Four years ago this week, I wrote about how I had changed my mind about "Dead Poets Society." This…


A great film about linguistics has arrived…

"There is nothing novel about isolationism," says Dr. Kathryn Bartholomew, professor emeritus of…


Nature versus nurture… versus nefarious villains

Three Identical Strangers is about the joys of brotherhood, the importance of free information and…


A riches-to-bigger-riches story

Crazy Rich Asians is a Cinderella story in which someone much richer than most of us discovers that…


It’s a beautiful day in Eighth Grader-hood

If "Love is attention," like they say in Lady Bird, then the secret of Eighth Grade is the love it…


Ethan-ized: A new Mission: Impossible offers an incomplete hero

While Mission: Impossible—Fallout played, I loved every minute of it. But afterward, I had an itch…


Beat the heat with Hearts Beat Loud

Just what the summer movie season needed: a light, fun, frivolous 90 minutes in a record store with…


Fred Rogers: a lantern for troubled times

I'm not likely to see a more memorable, meaningful movie all year. Neither are you.


Into the woods with Will and Tom

From the director of Winter's Bone, Leave No Trace is a powerful portrait of a father and daughter…