‘Parasite’ worms its way from sly comedy to social commentary

The South Korean thriller and Oscar nominee has much to say about the resentments of the poor, the indifference of the rich and the ability of the latter to pit the less fortunate against one another as they fight for survival.

‘Marriage Story’ deals with divorce but affirms commitment

The hard-hitting movie covers a broad range of emotions, from gentle affection to blind rage. And each of these moods is carefully calibrated and skillfully evoked in remarkably fine performances.

‘Underwater’ ends up all wet

Dim and murky, the tedious survival slog, which stars Kristen Stewart, lacks oxygen due to cardboard characters and a flimsy plot.

‘1917’ is a great movie about the Great War

Harrowing and deeply humane, Sam Mendes' gripping historical drama, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, shows both the horrors of trench combat and the triumph of decency and spiritual striving.

In ‘Arise,’ gamers move through times of old man’s life

"Arise: A Simple Story" dips deep into the well of emotion as a dying man reminisces about the highs and lows of his life. Game play involves challenges moving to the next time. The music alone is worth the price.

Idea of remorse takes a hit in stunning ‘The Irishman’

The disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished in 1975, has never been explained. But director Martin Scorsese takes a shot at solving the mystery in this epic historical drama.

Writer’s Southern roots inspire ‘radical faith’ element to her fiction

Novelist Valerie Sayers blends humor, mysticism and a keen eye for character in her work, while inviting readers to consider how belief impacts human action.

‘Little Women’ elegantly traces journeys, and hearts, of girls

The latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel find the grown-up March sisters looking back on their childhood with joy, wisdom and a sense of history.

‘Just Mercy’: Movie with a timely message, told well

The film's broadminded approach opposing the death penalty against the backdrop of racism results in a humane and winning study of the subject with immense real-world significance.

‘Star Wars’ finale offers epic action with spiritual core

In "Rise of Skywalker" -- the ninth and last of the sci-fi film saga -- lessons about making moral choices, the need to reject temptation and the power of forgiveness and redemption are clear.