‘T2 Trainspotting’ Review

T2 Trainspotting

T2 Trainspotting picks up 20 years after the events in the original film, 1996’s episodic blast through Scotland’s drug-infused underground that culminated in Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) absconding with the proceeds of a medium-sized drug deal. Flush with cash, Mark jetted off to Amsterdam and wound up with a white-collar office gig, leaving mates Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) high and dry.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Review

Beauty and the Beast

One of my favorite moments in Whit Stillman’s Barcelona comes midway through the picture. Two Americans, businessman Ted (Taylor Nichols) and naval officer Fred (Chris Eigeman), are walking through the streets of the eponymous Spanish city when Fred asks his better-educated cousin a question.

‘Logan’ Review

Logan

Logan is the movie X-Men fans have been clamoring for. Sporting a hard-R rating and a weary-looking Hugh Jackman hacking and slashing his way through the United States, it’s a fitting finale for Jackman that sometimes falters in its urge to please.

‘A Cure for Wellness’ Review

A Cure for Wellness

An executive at a major company dies, alone, in his darkened office: a heart attack. He was an associate of the year or some such, a real hard-charging type. A letter from a health spa in central Europe sent by the man’s mentor, the CEO, sits unopened on his desk. Starkly shot—with crisp close ups, slow pans, slower reveals, and a perfectly framed collage of screens pumping out stock data as the film’s title appears above them—and modestly tense, and a teensy bit funny, this prologue sets the stage for the film’s 146 minutes.

‘John Wick 2’ Review

John Wick 2

As with John Wick—not a box office behemoth, exactly, but critically acclaimed and a hit on home video—it’s the little touches, the minute exercises in world building, which make John Wick 2 stand out.

‘Split’ Review

Split's twist

If you care about M. Night Shyamalan’s movies and hope to avoid having his latest film spoiled for you—and its twist will be spoiled for you on Twitter or Facebook or somewhere else; it’s too good not to share—then you have to see Split on its opening weekend. In fact, you should leave work or home or wherever you are and hit up a multiplex now.