Dogs get their own origin story with the gorgeous, old-fashioned survival yarn Alpha

B-

For the past two months, at least half of the top 10 movies at the North American box office have been sequels or prequels. That’s not to say the boy-and-dog adventure story Alpha deserves extra credit just for not being part of a series, at least not officially. (If anything, the movie might deserve less credit for…

The affecting Miseducation Of Cameron Post sends Chloë Grace Moretz to gay-conversion school

B

It doesn’t take long for The Miseducation Of Cameron Post to fulfill some of the promise director/co-writer Desiree Akhavan showed in her first feature, Appropriate Behavior. Miseducation, this year’s winner of the U.S. Grand Jury drama prize at Sundance, introduces its teenage title character (Chloë Grace Moretz)…

Daveed Diggs blends comedy, drama, and a portrait of Oakland in the impressive Blindspotting

B+

If the recent Sorry To Bother You presents a head-trip, music-video vision of trying to get by in Oakland, California, then Blindspotting offers a more grounded tour of the city, addressing some of the same or related problems: racism, gentrification, systemic oppression. Given the proximity of the two movies both at…