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

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

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

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…

Atlantas Lakeith Stanfield headlines the inventive, sometimes exhausting satire Sorry To Bother You

In a year featuring multiple cinematic depictions of Oakland, California (including the flashbacks from Black Panther and the entirety of the upcoming Blindspotting), it’s hard to imagine one as grabby or arresting as the Oakland of Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You. Though it uses real locations from the city,…

With Action Point, Johnny Knoxville waxes nostalgic for the glory days of reckless endangerment

Plenty of people know about the perils of nostalgia, but what about the nostalgia of peril? That’s what Action Point leads with: Johnny Knoxville, done up in old-age makeup Bad Grandpa-style, fondly reminiscing over those halcyon late-’70s days of bodily injury, before so many “rules” (and, presumably, Ralph Nader)…