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Money Monster
Money Monster   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
"Money Monster," director Jodie Foster's fourth feature, gets right to it. Popular cable TV personality and financial guru Lee Gates, played as a belligerent, self-loathing whirlwind by George Clooney, is preparing for his Manhattan-based show "Money Monster," plainly inspired by Jim Cramer's real-life "Mad Money." Lee's veteran producer Patty Fenn, portrayed by Julia Roberts as a wised-up pro under pressure, is about to scoot for a job at a rival station; she's had it with Lee's last-second script changes, the bullying charm, the scramble for ratings-friendly guests. more
Sing Street
Sing Street   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
Set in 1985 Dublin, "Sing Street" is a seriously endearing picture from John Carney, the writer-director of "Once," about which I am crazy. For his latest, I'm two-thirds crazy. That's percentage enough. more
Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
The solemn, wrecking-ball mediocrity that was "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" made either too much or not enough of its key themes: collateral damage; vigilante excess and the ethics of peacekeeping through extreme force; and, more to the marketing point, the bloodsport appeal of should-be crime-fighting allies beating the hell out of each other for what seemed like several days. Those bullet points return, to far livelier and more satisfying results, in "Captain America: Civil War," the latest Marvel Studios exercise in ensemble superheroism and the fine art of making big piles of money. more
Green Room
Green Room   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
In writer-director Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin," which put him on the map in 2013, the tension is controlled, measured; it follows an intentional plan of violence in a story of long overdue revenge. In his follow-up, "Green Room," Saulnier takes the opposite approach, in a horror story of the chaos and random chance of violence set in the world of hardcore punk shows. While "Blue Ruin" was openly emotional, burrowing into deep interfamilial rifts, "Green Room" throws strangers together to see how they fare in extreme situations, adding a touch of dry, morbid humor to the gruesome proceedings. more
Keanu
Keanu   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
We expect our comedies to be hit-and-miss. They're different from action movies, which, in recent years, have become numbingly relentless -- hit-and-never-miss, unless you're third thug from the left and swarthy, and your job is to shoot and then die. more
Mother's Day
Mother's Day   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
It seems there's no stopping Garry Marshall's terrifying cinematic rampage on our nation's treasured holidays. Having ruined both "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve" with his star-packed omnibus projects, the director has burned his way through the calendar, landing on "Mother's Day" as his next victim. more
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Rene Rodriguez
"Papa: Hemingway in Cuba" is the first American feature shot entirely on location in Havana since 1959. The movie makes a good argument for reinstating the American travel ban to the island, at least for Hollywood productions. Shot in 2014 with the assistance of the Cuban Film Institute, on a budget low enough to skate by the U.S. trade embargo policy, this dramatization of the real-life friendship between a former Miami Herald reporter and the legendary author during the late 1950s is as engaging and authentic as a junior high school production of "Death of a Salesman." more
Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet & Clank   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
Based on a popular Playstation game, the sci-fi animated feature "Ratchet & Clank" seeks to capture the kid-friendly audience, as well as the gamer crowd who has a familiarity with the space-based game characters. The film is a basic hero story about Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor, also the voice in the video game), a young lombax (a cat-like creature) who dreams of joining the Galactic Rangers, only to find that the hero business is much more complicated than it seems. more
The Man Who Knew Infinity
The Man Who Knew Infinity   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
"Intuition can only carry you so far." With the patented over/underplaying only a wily veteran British actor can provide, so says Trinity College mathematician G.H. Hardy, as played by Jeremy Irons, to his East Indian protege Srinivasa Ramanujan, played by Dev Patel, in "The Man Who Knew Infinity." more
A Hologram for the King
A Hologram for the King   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
You can tell a lot about a movie's quality, and a director's instincts, by the way a protagonist falls off a chair. In the wobbly film version of the Dave Eggers novel "A Hologram for the King," Tom Hanks plays an American businessman at odds with the furniture, the business customs and the cultural mores of Saudi Arabia. His character, a struggling former Schwinn executive named Alan Clay, has come to Jeddah and to the nearby construction project known as King Abdullah Economic City, to pitch the king on a sophisticated new holographic teleconferencing IT system. more
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