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Stories tagged: movies

Jennifer Lawrence to star in Adam McKay comedy for Netflix

Jennifer Lawrence will star in a new Netflix comedy.

Stream On Demand: Pacino comes to home screens with ‘Hunters’

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

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Review: Wintry ‘The Lodge’ steeped in brutal trauma

It wouldn’t be appropriate to refer to “The Lodge” as a slow-burn horror movie, as this chilly, winter-set film is more like a deliberate and punishing freeze. It slowly creeps …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Review: Human performances bring literary dog film ‘Call of the Wild’ to life

The star of “The Call of the Wild,” Buck, is a CGI creation. And it’s only through the technology that his dangerous and harrowing adventures in the Alaskan wilderness during …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Review: ‘The Assistant’ masterfully shows abuse, complicity in Weinstein-inspired power structure

It’s the specificity that devastates in Kitty Green’s starkly damning quotidian drama “The Assistant.” It’s in the quiet efficiency with which our unnamed protagonist (credited as “Jane,” played by Julia …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Review: In “The Photograph,” Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield take a good, long look at love

“The Photograph” treats all its characters with some decency and understanding in a genre where straw villains and cardboard adversaries typically run rampant. The plaintive, jazz-inflected musical score by Robert …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Stream on Demand: Award-winning ‘Farewell’ delves into family drama and culture clashes

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

Review: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is swift, smart and brings back the Jim Carrey we missed

Ah, the joy of a kids’ movie that doesn’t have any fart jokes. Or at least one that comes close. “Sonic the Hedgehog” may have one moment of flatulence, but …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Review: ‘Downhill’ sets family on a slippery slope

Watching Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s deeply uncomfortable absurdist relationship drama “Force Majeure,” one can’t help but think this bleakly obtuse and existentially unbearable film is the type that would never …

‘Birds of Prey’ opens with tepid debut

LOS ANGELES – “Birds of Prey,” the DC Comics’ spinoff, made a tepid debut in theaters over the weekend, opening in No. 1 but below expectations with $33.3 million domestically, …

Appreciation: You’ll never see another movie star like Kirk Douglas

When Kirk Douglas died at age 103 on Wednesday, one of the last threads connecting this era to Hollywood’s Golden Age was severed forever. He outlived – by decades – …

A guide to the superhero movies of 2020, from ‘Birds of Prey’ to ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

Warner Bros. and DC Comics are releasing films featuring their two most popular big-screen characters of the moment (Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn), Valiant Comics is finally seeing one of …

Review: Harley Quinn and her girl gang are lovable psychopaths in ‘Birds of Prey’

2020 is Harley Quinn’s year. And in the wake of her breakup with the Joker, she’s back and better than ever with a brand-new girl gang in the brilliant, breakneck …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 2, 2020

‘Bad Boys’ tops box office for third straight week

“Bad Boys for Life“ has topped the box office for the third straight week.

Two programs of Oscar-nominated shorts; 10 movies worth seeing

I’ve probably typed some version of “the fictional short films nominated for Oscars this year are a mixed bag” a dozen times, but that phrase doesn’t apply in 2020. All …

Regal offers seven best film Oscar nominees for $35 through Feb. 9

Regal has announced its annual Best Picture Film Festival through Feb. 9 featuring seven best picture nominees that played in Regal theaters in 2019. Festival passes will be available for …

Stream on Demand: Sandler shines in ‘Uncut Gems,’ now on Netflix

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

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Review: ‘The Rhythm Section’ brings imperfect but fresh cadence to action/thriller genre

If Jason Bourne were a grieving trauma survivor, you’d end up with Stephanie, and “The Rhythm Section” serves as her gritty origin story.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Review: ‘The Turning’ less about answers, more about gothic horror to savor

“The Turning” builds to a deeply disturbing crescendo, then pulls the rug right out from under the audience in a way that seemingly undercuts what came before, an uncovering of …

Review: Compelling tale of heroism diluted to ho-hum Hollywood thriller ‘The Last Full Measure’

William H. Pitsenbarger was a Vietnam War hero. In 1966, the 21-year-old Air Force pararescue jumper, or P.J. in military parlance, descended from a helicopter – a real-life deus ex …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Review: Alpha male toxicity clouds Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen’

With “The Gentlemen,” Guy Ritchie invites the audience to belly up to his bar for a full pint of his signature brew: a wordy, bloody, Cockney-accented blend of colorful criminals. …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot

“Bad Boys for Life“ exceeded expectations coming away with a dominating No. 1 showing at the box office.

Witherspoon, Washington team in front of and behind camera

Reese Witherspoon launched her own production company eight years ago as a way to better influence her own career choices

Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names

Published reports say Disney is dropping the word “Fox” from movie studios it acquired as part of last year’s $71 billion purchase of Fox’s entertainment business

Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay & Silent Bob Rebooted’ is an affectionate love letter to … Kevin Smith

Across a three-hour show Wednesday evening that combined Kevin Smith’s latest star-studded feature with a marathon-style Q&A, Smith and original star Jason “Jay” Mewes presented “Jay & Silent Bob Rebooted” …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Stream on Demand: HBO looks to King, Popes with new series

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

Review: ‘Bad Boys for Life’ refreshing tribute to ’90s action cinema

Martin Lawrence walks away with “Bad Boys for Life,” reminding audiences what a crucial element he is to the unique mix of action and comedy that makes the “Bad Boys” …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Review: ‘Weathering With You’ an animated love story set against backdrop of climate change

“Weathering With You” achieves something impressive: It tells a story that, without sugarcoating the environmental challenges that lie ahead, manages to end on a hopeful note.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Review: In cursed ‘Dolittle,’ they could not have done less

The only thing “Dolittle” does well is out-bomb the infamous bomb “Doctor Dolittle,” and that is one for the history books.

Riding Globes, ‘1917’ ends ‘Star Wars’ box-office reign

It took the Great War to finally take down “Star Wars.”