Mara Reinstein

Alicia Vikander in 'Tomb Raider'
‘Tomb Raider’ Review: Alicia Vikander Shines in ’Skippable’ Sequel

2.5 stars (out of 4) Why isn’t Tomb Raider just titled Lara Croft? It’s like if Wonder Woman were referred to as Lasso Twirler. This heroine, after all, is the one that resourcefully runs, boxes, arrow-shoots, barrels, kicks, cycles, pushes and pulls her way out of trouble and saves the world from destruction. Give her some top-line credit. As played by Alicia […]

'Red Sparrow' Review: Jennifer Lawrence Can't Make 'Red Sparrow' Fly

2.5 stars (out of 4) Jennifer Lawrence plays a Bolshoi prima ballerina who becomes a sex weapon for a hush-hush Russian intelligence agency. Alas, the listless espionage thriller Red Sparrow doesn’t live up to its trashy-fun premise. It’s not smart enough to be completely captivating or trashy enough to be considered an escapist absurdity. And […]

Robin Williams, Documentary, Come Inside My Mind
Five Revelations From the New Robin Williams Documentary

David Letterman marveled that he could fly. Steve Martin labeled him a genius. Billy Crystal said he used to leave him long messages on his answering machine in various accented characters. But beneath all that lightning-quick comedic energy, Robin Williams was a soft-spoken man who too often visited the dark corners of his mind. That’s the tragic takeaway […]

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in ‘The Post‘
‘The Post’ Movie Review: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep Lead 'Preachy' Newspaper Thriller

2.5 stars (out of 4) Two elite newspapers competing to publish a politically charged expose. A vindictive and shadowy president. A drag-out fight over the power of the First Amendment. Sound familiar? Director Steven Spielberg’s 1971-set newspaper thriller, The Post, has been drawing big headlines because it happens to be remarkably topical to our current […]