Culture

Coach and his team find ‘The Way Back’ from suffering

The basketball-themed story of redemption shows a man struggling with addiction and loss, played by Ben Affleck, and the losing team he takes over. All learn to win and to have hope.

Strengths, flaws of ‘The Invisible Man’ clear to see

A fervent performance from Elisabeth Moss dominates this remarkably absorbing thriller, which nevertheless reveals gory mayhem along with a tense, modern plot.

Tame ‘Call of the Wild’ echoes with love, friendship

The latest adaptation of Jack London's classic novel features a CGI-St. Bernard as Buck the dog and a real-life Harrison Ford in a tale that affirms the best in human and beast.

‘Les Miserables’ reflects on racism, poverty

Set in a rundown Paris suburb with a large community of Muslim immigrants, director Ladj Ly's drama (which shares the title of Hugo's classic novel) traces the slow breakdown of its public order amid repression.

‘The Photograph’ takes a sharp, but flawed, view of romantic love

Beautiful but morally lax, writer-director Stella Meghie's exploration of two relationships romanticizes premarital sex, undercutting the film's powerful, intelligent performances.

Even before airing, Dorothy Day film tops Amazon chart

A documentary about the Catholic social justice activist has, more than a month before the film reaches the PBS airwaves in March, made it to the top spot on the Amazon documentary sales chart.

Spy-vs.-spy game play makes Cold War cool

The "Two Spies" mobile video game pits two agents facing off in a mock scenario across 1960s Europe. The board-game style and James Bond-like music makes for a unique -- and incredibly fun -- experience.

Break a leg, Harley Quinn: DC Comics brings the showbiz mayhem

Only the inhuman wickedness of the bad (really bad) guy in "Birds of Prey" makes the film's alliance of female characters seem not so bad. They're an unethical gray against a lurid, dark background.

Book examines the interwoven nuances of the Crusades

Author Dan Jones presents a balanced view of the two centuries of war between Christians and Muslims over land and hearts, a battle with profound implications more than 800 years later.

‘The Turning’ veers all over the screen

The thriller film is most suitable for mature viewers, but they and youngsters will struggle with making head or tail of this incoherent adaptation the novel, "The Turn of the Screw."