Drew Goddard turns his dial to “noir” in the twisty crime thriller Bad Times At The El Royale 

B

Film noir was born in the shadows. But as has been proven innumerable times over the last half-century or so of crime cinema, twisting tales of underworld intrigue can unfold anywhere, from the rain-soaked streets of New York City to the formica tables at a kitschy midcentury diner. The undisputed king of that latter…

Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, and Jon Hamm welcome you to the Bad Times At The El Royale trailer

There’s no shortage of movies set in hotels. From 1932's Grand Hotel all the way up to this week’s Hotel Artemis, the setting has been a ripe source for drama, comedy, violence, and everything in between. Bad Times At The El Royale looks to provide with you all of the above, and then a little more for good measure.

Chris Hemsworth takes on the Taliban in 12 Strong, a war movie that’s more ho-hum than gung ho

C+

It’s become Hollywood tradition to sound reveille at the start of the year with stories of heroic Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and CIA contractors aimed at putting red-state butts into seats, and close out with a quavering awards-season “Taps” of dutiful acknowledgements that war is, in fact, terrible. And so it goes…