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One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival puts spotlight on Native art and creators

The festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Bing Crosby Theater and the Unfinished Space.


Review: Soderbergh takes Panama Papers to ‘The Laundromat’

Soderbergh’s “Laundromat” seeks to make sense of a story that is breathtakingly complex, with enough players and layers and locations and implications to make one’s head spin. Working with the …


Review: Ignoring 10-year gap, ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings outdated schtick back from dead

“Zombieland” may have helped to give birth to the zomb-aissance, but “Double Tap” just might be the kill shot.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Review: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ undermines important themes with goofy camp

What worked about the first “Maleficent” was Jolie herself, trying on something softer, even funny, her face, enhanced with prosthetics, half of the visual spectacle. But “Mistress of Evil” crowds …


Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for ‘Jackie Brown,’ dies at 78

Robert Forster, the handsome and omnipresent character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown,” died Friday. He was 78.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

Review: The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie proves Jesse is lost without Walt

Most everyone who mattered in AMC’s unsurpassed drama “Breaking Bad” had been killed off by the 2013 finale – a closing episode that still stands as one of TV’s best. …


Review: ‘The Addams Family’ reboot maintains its gently spooky charm but doesn’t break the mold

The enduring appeal of “The Addams Family” is quite impressive. With only four notes and a couple of snaps, plus a classic black dress, one can instantly evoke the classic …


Stream on Demand: ‘Toy Story 4’ takes the gang on the road (and now into your home)

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


Review: ‘Gemini Man’ leans hard into its visual gimmick – and that’s about it

The plot is as boring and low stakes as could be. There’s no doodad to find, computer chip to destroy or super virus to avert. It’s just one young, digital …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Review: Controversy aside, ‘Joker’ is all setup, no punchline

With the amount of controversy surrounding it, “Joker” feels more like an idea and less like an actual movie. Could it possibly stand up to the mythology that has sprung …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

Review: In nuanced ‘Judy,’ Zellweger proves she just may be best singing actor of her generation

Based on Peter Quilter’s stage play “The End of the Rainbow,” adapted by Tom Edge for the screen, “Judy” takes place during a run of shows in 1969 at London’s …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

‘Abominable’ No. 1 with $20.9M; Zellweger’s ‘Judy’ sings out

The DreamWorks animated adventure “Abominable” has topped the box office with an estimated $20.9 million, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale “Judy” got off to a sonorous start.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Review: ‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’ sees jazz legend with empathy, honesty

The trumpet was Miles Davis’ primary way of communicating with the world, and director Stanley Nelson makes a case that the vulnerable beauty of much of his music, notably the …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Review: ‘Abominable’ offers familiar but delightful hero’s journey

The startlingly profound and moving message we’re left with is a universal one: If we care for nature and animals with compassion and understanding, there’s a larger, unseen magic that …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 12:55 p.m.

Review: Late political columnist Molly Ivins is subject of lively, timely documentary

It’s not difficult to see why we might need to be reminded of a voice like Molly Ivins’ again. With free speech under attack, and truth-telling seemingly in short supply, …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

‘Downton Abbey’ overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office

Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra” and Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo: Last Blood” were no match for “Downton Abbey” at the box office.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Review: Keira Knightley plays real-life whistleblower in timely ‘Official Secrets’

What the film lacks in style it makes up for in the kind of dogged, unself-conscious integrity that Gun comes to stand for and that, in light of the bizarre …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 10:16 a.m.

Review: Deeply xenophobic, lazy ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ should be end of line for character

Rambo lumbers to the finish line in the flaccid fifth installment, which is a Frankenstein’s monster of badly photocopied references to the previous movies, limply strung together with the laziest …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 7:16 a.m.

Stream on Demand: New crime drama spans continents but stays inside interrogation room

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


Review: ‘Ad Astra’ takes astronaut’s innermost self-exploration out of this world

“Ad Astra” is the story of a man’s journey to the outermost reaches of the universe and the innermost depths of himself. It’s a trip he has to make in …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ movie based on British soap an overstuffed guilty pleasure

If the mere sight of the titular grand manor – the locus of so much melodrama over six seasons of stories about the wealthy upstairs toffs and their downstairs servants …


Stream on Demand: ‘Late Night’ stars add sharp wit to story

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


Review: ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ takes Jillian Bell on compelling journey

The ending is right there in the title, but Paul Downs Colaizzo’s film leans into the old adage that it’s all about the journey, not the destination, following the achingly …


Review: Moving ‘Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice’ is well-deserved tribute to iconic singer

What’s refreshing about “Sound of My Voice” (and Ronstadt in general) is her open, generous spirit. She was a connector, giving her blessing as Don Henley and Glenn Frey formed …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

Review: J.Lo makes commanding comeback in sexually charged caper flick ‘Hustlers’

In a year of spectacular comebacks – from Brad Pitt and Renee Zellweger to Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy – none is as purely, sensationally pleasurable as Jennifer Lopez’s commanding …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Review: ‘Goldfinch’ doesn’t live up to the book

Donna Tartt’s Pulizter Prize-winning tome “The Goldfinch” was a blockbuster bestseller and the toast of book clubs in 2013. The film adaptation should have been a slam dunk, with director …


More frights await in theaters this fall

Summer’s almost over. The days are getting shorter. Pumpkin spice is in the air. Orange and black-themed stores are opening in once-vacant buildings. Yep. It’s nearly Halloween.


Review: ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ finds famously prickly musician has mellowed – but not by much

Haloed by a nimbus of cottony white hair, still sporting the walrus mustache he made chic in the 1960s, David Crosby presents a reflective, irascible, observant and irresistibly candid figure …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Review: ‘It Chapter Two’ keeps up scares but loses sight of the Losers Club

What “It Chapter Two” has going for it is a shockingly excellent cast of adult Losers who picks up the mantle where their younger selves left off 27 years ago.


Still down the rabbit hole for ‘The Matrix’ 20 years later

All it took was a red pill. A plunge down the rabbit hole. A slowing of time while a man dodges bullets. We were hooked. And still are.