FULL REVIEW The Shape of Water, R What if Amélie, the adorably sensitive girl in the gorgeously colorful 2001 film of the same name, fell in love with the Creature from the Black Lagoon, who turned out to be sweet and even sort of handsome, once you smuggled him out of the 1962 Baltimore laboratory where evil government guy Michael Shannon cruelly studies him, and you took the piscatorial hunk home in a laundry basket, flooded your bedroom, and made discreet but passionate love?That’s the idea behind this romantic fable by Guellermo del Toro, 53.Full Q&A with Greta Gerwig The Man Who Invented Christmas, PG Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) is good fun as Charles Dickens stricken with writer’s block in this film about how he produced A Christmas Carol in six weeks flat. 13, steals the show as Scrooge, serving in this story as a bitter figment of Dickens' imagination.Plummer uses his immense, winged eyebrows and baggy, malevolently narrowed eyes to great effect.
FULL REVIEW Wonder, PG Feel like a good cry then surges of triumph?
Even more transfixing is Allison Janney, 58, who manages to portray Tonya’s spectacularly awful mom, La Vona Golden (“Nice gets you nowhere,” she says), as the ultimate survivor whose iron will feeds on bile without reducing her to a cartoon.
FULL REVIEW Lady Bird, R Lady Bird is one rare bird — the best-reviewed film of all time on Rottentomatoes, rated a perfect 100 percent by 170 critics.
Saoirse Ronan (of 2015's Brooklyn), 23, isn’t the only award-worthy star in this story about a 17-year-old in Sacramento, Calif.
Laurie Metcalf, 62, darkly dazzles as Ronan’s bossy mom, working overtime as a nurse since her husband (Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts, 52) lost his job.—Tim Appelo Mudbound, R This film — the tragic saga of one black and one white family in muddy 1940s Mississippi — is the kind of spectacular, character-rich emotional epic Hollywood used to make before superheroes took over. Blige, 46, shines as sharecropper matriarch Florence Jackson, whose family farm was stolen at gunpoint during Reconstruction.