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There’s an easy and addictive groove to “The High Note,” a magical music industry movie that wafts over you like a great pop song at a summer jam. Is it the deepest, most profound thing ever? Nah, but damn if it just doesn’t feel good, hitting all the right beats in all the right ways, makin…

Even before darker anxieties took hold, the bad guys of “Scooby-Doo” were charmingly quaint. An evil circus owner, a grumpy civil servant, a plotting first mate — these were the villains of “Scooby-Doo,” all of them revealed with an unmasking flourish and the cursing of “you meddling kids.”

Director William Teitler and screenwriter Nancy Doyne (adapting her own book) have a dynamite premise with “Bad Therapy,” where a couples therapist (Michaela Watkins) catering to upper crust Angelenos isn’t just bad at her job, she’s downright devious. But a promising premise can only take a…

Actor Mike Doyle makes his feature directorial debut with “Almost Love,” a sprawling, languid sort of look at love and relationships in New York City. It’s a film that purports to be about “romance in the smartphone era,” though there’s really not much of substance about smartphones, except …

Based on his script for “Human Capital” (adapted from a novel by Stephen Amidon), and his last film “The Dinner” (based on a novel by Herman Koch), screenwriter Oren Moverman seems taken with exploring themes of morality (or immorality) and money, especially when it comes to teenagers and th…

Watching Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s deeply uncomfortable absurdist relationship drama “Force Majeure,” one can’t help but think that this bleakly obtuse and existentially unbearable film is the type that would never be greenlighted in the United States. So it’s a bit of a shock that th…

The last time we saw Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), in the very last scene of “Suicide Squad,” she was happily reading a book and sipping an espresso behind bars, only to find herself suddenly freed by her boyfriend, the Joker (Jared Leto). “Puddin’!” she squealed at the sight of her green-ha…

In the Gettysburg address, President Abraham Lincoln paid tribute to those who fought and died for their cause, to which they “gave the last full measure of devotion.” Lincoln’s description of the ultimate sacrifice provides the title for Todd Robinson’s “The Last Full Measure,” which depict…

In 1967, Twentieth Century Fox undertook an expensive and complicated production of “Doctor Dolittle,” based on a series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting, about a doctor in Victorian England who talks to animals. Starring Rex Harrison, “Doctor Dolittle” was a notoriously doomed production…

LOS ANGELES — There is a wild urgency to Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” that hardly seems possible for a film based on a 150-year-old book. But such is the magic of combining Louisa May Alcott’s enduring story of those four sisters with Gerwig’s deliciously feisty, evocative and clear-eyed st…

It’s been a banner year for Tom Harper, who follows his fiery country music yarn “Wild Rose” with the Victorian hot air balloon adventure picture “The Aeronauts.” One of these movies is irresistibly infectious with a big, beating heart, and the other, well, it’s about Victorian hot air ballo…

In the past couple of years, it seems we all decided to admit that those made-for-TV holiday movies starring D-list celebs were actually pretty fun to watch. Since then they’ve only exploded in popularity, drawing more and more stars, the networks expanding their seasonal offerings well into…

Legendary American heroine that she is, there are certain things for which Harriet Tubman is overdue. One is her spot on U.S. currency: Google "Tubman" and "$20" and "Trump." Another is a major feature film based on her life: Google "Tubman" and "Hollywood" and "why so long?"

With the amount of controversy surrounding it, “Joker” feels more like an idea and less like an actual movie. Could it possibly stand up to the mythology that has sprung up around it, stoked by breathless film festival hype, pre-emptive misanthropic adoration, gun control activists demanding…

The colors of “Monos” are rust and blue: rust like the earth, like the steady, but harsh mountains; like the mud smeared on the skin of young warriors creeping through the jungle not with spears, but machine guns. Rust like dried blood streaking the face of a battered hostage; rust like an o…

It’s two-thirds of the way through “The Kitchen” before anyone asks Kathy Brennan (Melissa McCarthy) what, exactly, she wants. It’s her son, at the dinner table. We’ve seen Kathy struggle and scrape by to survive, utterly sick of depending on and thanking men for her existence. We’ve seen he…

“Morrison, what a dork,” the crustily cantankerous (cantankerously crusty?) David Crosby opines while regarding a photo of The Doors frontman displayed in the Laurel Canyon Country Store. The visit to the small Los Angeles grocery store is one stop on a “David Crosby: This is Your Life” styl…

Stu is an Uber driver. Movies — and movie titles — have sprung from worse premises, and so now we have “Stuber,” a buddy action-comedy that stars Kumail Nanjiani as Stu and Dave Bautista as Vic, a belligerent L.A. cop he gets stuck with for a very noisy, very bloody 93 minutes. If only the r…