MaryAnn Johanson

“Victoria & Abdul” is the “mostly true” story of a friendship between the queen and an Indian visitor. Director Stephen Frears explores themes of class and colonialism, but the audience doesn’t feel like we’re being schooled. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Battle of the Sexes is an entertaining and necessary account of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is urgent and immediate. It speaks to our desire to accomplish something meaningful. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS

“The War for the Planet of the Apes” is a thrilling conclusion to a surprisingly good blockbuster trilogy. Watch the human characters wither away as the apes begin controlling their destiny. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

The Harrison Ford character is based on British explorer Percy Fawcett, who was obsessed with the idea that remnants of a lost civilization were hidden in the Amazon jungle. His disappearance in 1925 remains a mystery. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

“Hidden Figures” tells the thrilling story of three black female scientists at NASA. Without them, the United States wouldn’t have landed on the moon. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

It’s rare to see a woman onscreen embracing the contradictions of the U.S. political system. Jessica Chastain does a brilliant job playing a lobbyist up against the National Rifle Association in “Miss Sloane.” more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard play spies in Casablanca in “Allied,” director Robert Zemeckis’ old-fashioned potboiler. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon” is a gripping disaster film about the workers who are caught up in a horrific event. more

Sep 29, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

How does a tone deaf singer sell out Carnegie Hall? Meryl Streep plays the titular character in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the story of a wealthy socialite who lived a life shielded from critics. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Matt Damon is still up to the physical demands, and he owns the screen. But global nastiness has overtaken the franchise, leaving “Jason Bourne” in the geopolitical dust. more

Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Despite the online haters, the all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” has a snappy script and terrific performances, including Kate McKinnon as a gleefully reckless physicist. more

Jul 21, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

“Spectre,” the newest Bond film, fails to deliver past its thrilling opening sequence. more

Nov 5, 2015 9:00 AM Movies

Carey Mulligan is a strong and sexy heroine in the new adaptation of “Far from the Madding Crowd.” more

May 28, 2015 8:15 AM Movies

Cheryl Strayed was a mess. She was in the midst of divorcing her husband. She was using heroin. She was lost. So, in the summer of 1995, she figured maybe she might be able to find herself by hiking a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Which more

Dec 18, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

The best thing about finally reaching the third and last chapter of Peter Jackson's ponderously epic eight-hour adaptation of the rather brief and chipper novel "The Hobbit" is that we may be assured that once the DVD hits next year, some intrepid fa more

Dec 18, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

Chopping the final novel of the "Hunger Games" trilogy into two segments, "Mockingjay Part 1" and "Mockingjay Part 2", was a surprisingly brilliant decision. A similar approach led to the terrible "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in 2010. Peter more

Nov 20, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

It's been 60 years since Ishiro Honda unleashed "Godzilla", his cinematic metaphor about the dangers of nuclear weapons. This year's "Godzilla" updates the lizard-like monster for the 21st century in ways that work beautifully. Hollywood's myopia prevents the movie from achieving masterpiece status, but not B-movie fabulousness. more

May 15, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

Two years after the first reboot of the Spider-Man story, an equally pointless sequel has arrived. By now we've had several years of smart, relevant "Avengers" dramas, so "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" looks like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s. more

May 1, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

"Welcome to the experiment," says seedy-tweedy Professor Coupland to his new documentarian, AV geek Brian. He doesn't add "Bwahaha!" to the greeting, but you can almost hear it anyway. For we had already started to suspect that the academic is a little bit mad and a little bit sadistic, with his cold approach to some quite disturbing matters. more

Apr 24, 2014 2:00 PM Movies