What drives “Wind River” isn’t so much the present action but the heavy backstories carried by characters acted by Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, which burn with real, raw emotional palpability.
The focus isn’t so much a chronology of a 1967 five-day riot, but a motel siege where three young black men would be dead in the wake of nightmarish kangaroo-court interrogation tactics – and the trial that followed with all-too-predictable results.
Director Gillian Robespierre and actress Jenny Slate team up again (after 2014’s perfect “Obvious Child”) with a period piece centered on a look at sisterhood that is both aggressively frustrating and wholly endearing in its authenticity.
Hyperstylized spy thriller “Atomic Blonde” is violent as hell and makes no apologies, punching its way through end-of-the-Cold War Berlin in a battle for a crucial “list” of British intel assets – but the only asset here that really matters is Charlize Theron’s MI6 operative.
Triumph is simply survival in Christopher Nolan’s latest, blistering film, “Dunkirk,” which follows characters in three World War II narratives in a script that intersects when you least expect it – a mighty example of storytelling and the power of atmosphere.
Beyond some sharp narrative maneuvering, “War” has plenty more going for it than other summer noise out there, including a star turn by Steve Zahn as the mangy and withered Bad Ape that is worthy of an Oscars bid.
There’s a lot of baggage that comes along with the release of director Jon Watts’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the third iteration of the character onscreen in 15 years. Despite it all, this the film is an absolute delight.
Given Sophia Coppola’s penchant for strong female characters and repressed sexuality, it somewhat makes sense that she set her sights on remaking the 1971 Civil War gothic “The Beguiled” starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page. But her remake subtracts, not adds.
Edgar Wright supplies an adrenaline shot that never lets down. You won’t get a chance to go to the bathroom seeing “Baby Driver” – but also, because of the breakneck pace, the audience never gets a chance to get caught up emotionally.
The beleaguered “Justice League” franchise, barely off the ground with the turgid “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” beatdown last summer, gets a much-needed shot in the arm from the feminine side side of the tracks.