An hour-long 3D shot is just one beguiling attraction of the movie-drunk Long Day's Journey Into Night

B+

Drip-drip-drip, drizzle-drizzle goes the terrifically immersive soundtrack of the Chinese writer-director Bi Gan’s sophomore feature A Long Day’s Journey Into Night—a film in which it always seems to be raining, even when it isn’t. Drops recall tears, washing up misty fragments in the mind of the remorseful former…

The Hummingbird Project could have used some of the crazed vision of its computer-age bandits

C+

Benjamin Franklin’s well-worn adage that time is money has led us, some centuries later, to the business of high-frequency trading, or HFT. Shares are bought and sold by algorithms in the blink of an eye for fractional profits that accumulate into millions—a mind-boggling business whose theoretical limits are the laws…

Tyler Perry gives a schlocky, sloppy goodbye to Madea with a Family Funeral

D+

It’s true: Some 20 years after her stage debut, Tyler Perry’s drag persona “Madea” Simmons—the loud, crazy aunt from hell—is being retired. The big ruffled dress is being hung up, and the gray wig and the granny glasses are being put away. We will have no more of her mangled, malapropistic Bible verses, and no more of…

The director of The Lives Of Others goes back to the Cold War in the Oscar-nominated Never Look Away

C+

Dresden, in the mid-1930s. A precocious little boy and his beautiful young aunt follow a tour through an exhibit of “degenerate” artworks, taking in the paintings of Otto Dix and Wassily Kandinsky while their tour guide blathers on about the common man, real art in the Reich, and the like. Nazism is the status quo,…

The director of Attack The Block gets family-friendly with the uneven The Kid Who Would Be King

C+

The Kid Who Would Be King, the English writer-director Joe Cornish’s family-friendly take on the King Arthur legend, might be smarter that the average live-action kids’ movie, but it’s hamstrung by a lack of visual imagination and a generic script. It starts promisingly enough. After an animated prologue about the…