Latest from Ann Hornaday

AFI Docs shows us where the histories are buried, and why that matters more than ever

Like their fictional counterparts, documentary films grapple with the present by delving into the past.
  • Jun 19, 2021

As theaters reopen, a crucial cinematic ingredient is back: The audience

Live movie audiences are like no others. That’s why we still need them.
  • Jun 18, 2021

A documentary delves into the divide between Americans’ views of the Civil War

“Civil War (Or, Who Do We Think We Are)” explores how heritage, more than history, shapes our views of a shared past.
  • Jun 16, 2021

The cult band Sparks is given a loving documentary tribute by Edgar Wright

‘The Spark Brothers’ is a portrait of Ron and Russell Mael, who long career is enjoying a recent resurgence.
  • Jun 15, 2021

‘In the Heights’ is the first genuinely cheerful, splashy, life-affirming movie of the summer

This adaptation of the Tony-winning stage musical is what you’ve been craving for the past year and a half.
  • Jun 8, 2021

Hey, Hollywood: Want to get us back in theaters? Try giving us the next ‘Magic Mike’ or ‘Girls Trip.’

Movies don’t need to be billion-dollar behemoths to fill seats.
  • May 28, 2021

This real-life fish tale is funny and heartwarming — and made for the movies

‘Blue Miracle’ stars Dennis Quaid in a story of Mexican orphans who enter a fishing contest.
  • May 26, 2021

This raunchy teen comedy is also a genuinely moving testament to sisterhood and abiding friendship

‘Plan B’ boasts breakout performances by Victoria Moroles and Kuhoo Verma.
  • May 26, 2021

Disney’s ‘Cruella’ manages to be tedious, transgressive, chaotic and inert, all at the same time

The origin story of the ‘Dalmatians’ villain is one more person behaving badly in an overstuffed tale.
  • May 26, 2021