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  • 'Southside with You' review: When Barry met Michelle

    'Southside with You' review: When Barry met Michelle

    For roughly half of its Obama-trim 84 minutes, "Southside with You" gets by on pleasantly fraudulent biopic charm, more like the movies than life. The conversation sounds more like writing than talking, and the heightened, slightly stilted formality of the exchanges comes across sometimes in dramatically...

  • 'Kubo and the Two Strings' review: A thrilling action-adventure for all

    'Kubo and the Two Strings' review: A thrilling action-adventure for all

    Even in this heyday of computer-animated movies, the greatest special effect is creating emotionally resonant characters. The adventure fantasy "Kubo and the Two Strings" is seamless stop-motion storytelling, from Laika, the independent animation studio that gave us the darkly entertaining "Coraline,"...

  • 'Ben-Hur' review: Frenzied visual attack leads to middling remake

    'Ben-Hur' review: Frenzied visual attack leads to middling remake

    Neither a sterling remake nor the disastrous camp hoot some were anticipating, those punks, the new "Ben-Hur" arrives in theaters beaded with flop sweat. Its box office forecast calls for gray skies followed by red ink: It cost about $100 million to make and the tracking data puts the weekend haul...

  • 'Dying to Know' review: Ram Dass, Timothy Leary on the meaning of death

    'Dying to Know' review: Ram Dass, Timothy Leary on the meaning of death

    Timothy Leary and Ram Dass were, at least as far as public images went, the contrasting faces of the 1960s counterculture. Leary was the LSD advocate, the exuberant popularizer of a "turn on, tune in, drop out" philosophy. He was called "the most dangerous man in America" by Richard Nixon and said...

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