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Whoopi Goldberg in “The Color Purple”. Photo: Warner

Review: Spielberg’s New Chapter

The Color Purple: Steven Spielberg is sometimes described as a filmmaker who’s not very good with actors, but the cast here is perfect throughout.

“Living. Loving”. Photo: Nonstop Entertainment

Quick Take: Gay and of a Certain Age

Living. Loving: Moving, inspiring and very humane.

Jason Statham in “The Meg”. Photo: Warner

Quick Take: It Lacks Bite

The Meg: You do get pretty much what you came for, but it’s overlong and its thrills on the mediocre side.

Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell in “Like Father”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: Cruise Therapy

Like Father: The director’s feature debut is formulaic and offers no surprises, but it is also sweet.

Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”. Photo: Paramount

Review: Under Hunt’s Skin

Mission: Impossible – Fallout: Chapter six certainly honors the predecessors but also has the courage to break new ground in some ways.

Lars Passgård and Harriet Andersson in “Through a Glass Darkly”. Photo: SF

Review: Behind the Wallpaper

Through a Glass Darkly: There are only four actors in the film, but they all deliver tremendously effective performances.

Joey King in “Slender Man”. Photo: Sony Pictures

Quick Take: Slim Pickings

Slender Man: It’s obvious that the filmmakers have no idea what to do with their skinny bogeyman.

Iréne Jacob in “Red”. Photo: MK2 Productions

Review: Listening and Judging

Red: Both Iréne Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant are very good; Krzysztof Kieslowski has written rich, solid characters for all three films.

Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann in “Persona”. Photo: SF

Review: Silence is Golden

Persona: It’s like Ingmar Bergman is offering the complete fireworks of his mind.