Plus, watch a video from Ian McKellen's best cameo
New in Theaters
Version 3.0 of the female trio (is that right?) stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, a lower-wattage threesome that suggests an image losing brightness and sharpness with each subsequent photocopy.
"Ford v. Ferrari"
I'm going to give this one to Ferrari since I've never seen a sticker of Calvin peeing on its corporate logo.
"The Good Liar"
You can't argue with the casting of Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, at least. Apropos of nothing, here's my favorite-ever McKellen cameo:
It’s certainly got tear-jerker moments, but this is largely a feel-good farewell to fans. I can’t imagine there are many going in cold the way I did, but if you enjoy earnest British-ness, like me, this one’s a winner. (3 stars)
“Hustlers” is a familiar rise-and-fall crime caper concept with some layers, and it manages to say a lot without being preachy. In fact, it’s so consistently entertaining, funny and flashy, you might not even get some of the messages. (4 stars)
A biting, irreverent political satire meets a coming-of-age story, it’s full of “Should we be laughing at this?” humor that gives way to a surprising sweetness. New Zealand director Taika Waititi’ had a big hill to climb with this movie’s premise, but he’s made the best film of his career so far, and one of the very best of 2019. (5 stars)
“Joker” is also sure to be one of the most divisive movies of the year. Reactions will range from calling it a classic to calling it trash, and there’s a case to be made for everything in between. But it’s a movie where, at least to this critic, the ambitions and audacity outweigh the flaws. (5 stars)
It’s a masterclass of claustrophobic tension and a showcase for two outstanding actors to push their limits. And when one of those actors is Willem Dafoe, you know those limits are pretty far out. (4 stars)
"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"
Director Robert Stromberg, working from a script adapted by Linda Woolverton, keeps a lot of plates spinning, setting up special effects oohs and ahhs and eventual epic battle sequences. “Mistress of Evil” is seldom boring, but it’s often just kind of there. (2 stars)
Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” has gotten raves since winning the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and I’m here to tell you it’s every bit as good as advertised, maybe better. A twisty and uproarious thriller, “Parasite” packs a ton of entertainment around some sharp and timely social satire. (5 stars)