Issue: May 17, 2018

  • Party pooper

    Every two years, like clockwork, Melissa McCarthy makes a movie with her husband Ben Falcone; she stars, he directs and they both write. This year’s family project is Life of the Party, and unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), it continues the pattern.

    By Jim Lane

    This article was published on 05.17.18

  • Breaking In

    Writer Ryan Engle and director James McTeigue celebrate Mother’s Day with a tribute to the fighting spirit of protective moms everywhere, prepared to brave any danger, pay any price, and purvey any cliché to ensure the safety of their offspring.

    By Jim Lane

    This article was published on 05.17.18

  • RBG

    Julie Cohen and Betsy West direct this fawning and skin-deep documentary about octogenarian Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    By Daniel Barnes

    This article was published on 05.17.18

  • Deadpool 2

    More snot-nosed nihilism and fangless comic book meta-commentary from Marvel’s unkillable “merc with a mouth,” once again played by Ryan Reynolds as a homicidal rape-joke comedian.

    By Daniel Barnes

    This article was published on 05.17.18

  • Lu Over the Wall

    This rare stinker from animation importer GKIDS offers echoes of Studio Ghibli classics like My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo, but it contains little of the charm and none of the elegant character design of those films.

    By Daniel Barnes

    This article was published on 05.17.18

  • Final Portrait

    An intimate, actor-friendly film focused on the creative process, with a story ultimately resolved by performance and deception.

    By Daniel Barnes

    This article was published on 05.17.18