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UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Stream on demand: ‘Luke Cage’ returns for Season 2

The show steps up its game this season as Cage (Mike Colter) takes on crime queen Black Mariah (Alfre Woodard) and a new villain: Bushmaster (Mustapha Shakir).


Review: John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ will remind you of other, better mob movies

In “Gotti,” we hear the title character praise his son for standing his ground in a bar brawl. “Never take a backward step,” declares John Sr., played ferociously by John …


Stream on Demand: ‘Love, Simon,’ ‘Portlandia’ finale come to home streaming

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.


Review: Like the game, ‘Tag’ is a whole lot of fun

“Tag” nails the energy and enduring companionship the game has engendered among this group of friends. It’s the kind of frothy escapist fare that goes down easy on a hot …


Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ brings the fun (and danger) back to superhero movies

In an era of superhero fatigue, “Incredibles 2” reminds us that superheroes, ultimately, were supposed to be fun.


Review: ‘The Rider,’ starring a real rodeo horseman, is a breath of fresh prairie air for Westerns

Zhao is a filmmaker of extraordinary tact and insight: She has taken a story that could have been unremarkable or too romanticized and made it into something honest, magnificent and …


Review: ‘Summer 1993’ a lyrical portrait of child’s grief

Written and directed by Berlin Festival best first feature award winner Carla Simon, “Summer 1993” was shot with a bobbing camera held at Frida’s POV and is a marvelous, lyrical …


Review: ‘SuperFly’ is out of touch

Gangster movies are an incredibly useful media artifact for examining the fraught relationship between historically marginalized groups and the myth of the American dream. 1972’s super cool blaxploitation picture “Super …


Mila Kunis says there’s no yelling on movie sets with female directors

The 34-year-old actress said she began focusing more on empowering women in Hollywood after becoming a mother – she and husband Ashton Kutcher welcomed daughter Wyatt in October 2014 and …


Yes, ‘Ocean’s 8’ is a heist movie, but it’s also an empowering, cheeky comedy

It’s not exactly a polemical film. But even as it plays by the rules, it nevertheless manages to score a political point or two. Eight of them, actually.


Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ is a divine exploration of a spiritual crisis

“First Reformed” is a miracle in its own regard, the rare type of film that leaves us with questions left to answer and for many, a desire to dig into …


Review: Stunning ‘Hereditary’ will stand test of time

Starring the legendary Toni Collette, “Hereditary” is a horror film that harkens back to ’70s classics like “Rosemary’s Baby” in its slow burn, dread-filled narrative style.


Stream on Demand: ‘Lady Bird’ flies to Amazon while ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ thunders to Netflix

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.


Review: ‘Adrift’ is profound tale of woman’s will to survive

So often female characters are relegated to worried wives and mothers waiting for a call, so it’s downright refreshing to witness the depiction of a woman as independently strong, capable …


Review: Wearable tech is a body-horror nightmare in not-so-futuristic ‘Upgrade’

What makes “Upgrade” work is the tangible realities and fears that it plays on – we all wear FitBits – how long until criminals are getting functional guns implanted in …


Review: Juliette Binoche is a woman looking for love (and a little sex) in ‘Let the Sunshine In’

This is a funny, candid, sexy and kind of sad chronicle of a woman who dares to demand the kind of companionship and spark-fueled physical intimacy that, by too many …


Stream on Demand: ‘Coco,’ ‘Outside In’ come

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.


Actors sparkle in movie about aging

Based on Saumya Joshi’s Gujarati play of the same name, “102 Not Out” is a lesson on life skills and how to rise above the bitter memories and cherish the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

With ‘Solo,’ critics agree about little

What they do like? Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.


‘Show Dogs’ to remove scenes after accusations that movie ‘grooms children for sexual abuse’

“Show Dogs” is making some edits after allegations that the kids movie promoted a harmful message about sexual abuse.


Stream on Demand: Enjoy a ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ or join ‘Beatriz at Dinner’

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services. Top streams for the week


Review: Faith and fandom at heart of papal portrait

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” offers audiences a thoroughly engrossing portrait of one of the most beloved and galvanizing figures of the 21st century, the first pontiff from …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 3:39 p.m.

‘Deadpool 2’ explosion of crass comedy, amazing action

What keeps this from being nothing more than an actor with an inflated ego trying to get another credit is Deadpool would be nothing more than a foul-mouthed, annoying, sex-driven …


Review: ‘Finding Your Feet’ is too on-the-nose

This dramedy about middle-class Londoners in their 60s and 70s getting on with life has a genial watchability – even a stubborn relevance – thanks to its crackerjack ensemble cast, …


Review: Documentary looks at whether Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a judicial ‘rock star’

Rather than focusing on personality, however, the bulk of “RBG” has to do with its subject’s lifelong fight against gender discrimination – a fight pressed over many years, many cases …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ trailer shows Rami Malek at home in Freddie Mercury’s shoes

A new teaser trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which hit YouTube Tuesday morning, should go a long way to quell any fears that Malek was not up to the task.


UPDATED: Sun., May 13, 2018, 8 p.m.

‘Avengers’ winning streak not threatened by ‘Life of the Party’

“Avengers: Infinity War” easily retained the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for a third straight weekend, adding $61.8 million in ticket sales. What’s more, the Disney/Marvel film …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ first reactions from the premiere: A humorous, charming thrill ride

At last, however, “Solo” had its world premiere Thursday, and though reviews are embargoed till next Tuesday, nothing can stop the first buzz from critics and lucky fans (the latter, …


Review: ‘Breaking In’ could have used room to breathe

The home invasion thriller “Breaking In” seems designed for the “Payback is a Mother” tagline in anticipation of Mother’s Day. The tale of young mother Shaun (a stern Gabrielle Union) …


Review: Engrossing sci-fi fable ‘The Endless’ should make Benson and Moorhead names to know

As science fiction, “The Endless” is never less than engrossing, but it also grounds itself in recognizable human drama. It raises provocative questions: about eternity, free will and the paradox …