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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

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: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

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

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 …


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

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 …


Around the Remote: Burns’ new documentary dives into country music

Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for Sept. 15-21.


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

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

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

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.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Review: ‘Killerman’ is a crime thriller that starts with cliches and goes bloody bonkers

“Killerman” takes its influences – countless pulpy crime thrillers – and synthesizes them into an increasing rare thing: a movie that doesn’t aspire to any greater heights than where it …


Stream on Demand: Big stars and indie dramas coming to home screens

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


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

‘After the Wedding’ review: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams lift soapy remake

The story’s as soapy as laundry day, but let’s face it: A lot of us would happily watch Williams and Moore doing laundry.


Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a classic revenge tale that interrogates the genre

As she did in “The Babadook,” Jennifer Kent displays an authoritative control over the image and material in “The Nightingale,” giving a genre historically interested in male heroics with a …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

‘Tel Aviv on Fire’ review: A movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that’s lighthearted and entertaining? Yes

In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, “Tel Aviv on Fire” is an …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

‘Don’t Let Go’ review: Time-travel thriller kind of works – as long as you don’t think too hard about it

As unoriginal as the premise might be, the movie works well enough thanks mainly to its two stars: David Oyelowo, portraying an LAPD detective named Jack, and Storm Reid as …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Stream On Demand: Streaming Cruise’s latest ‘Mission’ now possible

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


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Review: 3 Doors Down packs in the hits at the FICA

At 78 minutes, it was one of the shorter rock concerts I’ve attended, but that was all the time it took for 3 Doors Down to hit the right notes …


Review: ‘Luce’ brilliantly manipulates identity, code-switching in suspenseful family drama

Things are never what they seem in Julius Onah’s “Luce,” a tightly wound fable of modern morality and identity adapted from a play by J.C. Lee, who co-wrote the film’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Review: Somber ‘Angel Has Fallen’ brings change to franchise

The “Has Fallen” series, “Olympus,” “London” and now “Angel Has Fallen,” is a curiously enduring franchise. But it seems the character of Mike Banning, a foul-mouthed Secret Service agent played …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Review: A thief and a runaway with Down syndrome bond in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

The film’s on-the-nose allusions to Mark Twain ultimately contribute to a sense of derivation, undermining the originality of the material and preventing “The Peanut Butter Falcon” from graduating from good …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Review: 1-percenter slasher flick ‘Ready or Not’ too sardonic to be taken seriously as satire

“Ready or Not” is “The Most Dangerous Game” with notes of “Rosemary’s Baby” and the sassy, snarky ’tude of “Heathers.” Grace is Veronica in a wedding dress: a street-smart and …


‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ is better than you think – seriously

There’s a new movie that teaches valuable lessons about teamwork and forgiveness. It boasts a plot and action based on the foundational principles of mathematics. And it encourages girls to …


‘47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ drowns in other shark movie references

It just isn’t summer until someone punches a shark. Since Jason Statham is off on “Hobbs & Shaw” duties, that task falls to Canadian actress Sophie Nilisse, the plucky heroine …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

‘Good Boys’ is surprisingly sweet comedy about raunchy side of tween boy life

Much has been made of how “Good Boys” – an R-rated comedy about a trio of sixth-grade nerds caught up in a misadventure involving drugs, sex toys, beer and slapstick …


Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ becomes a bit of a bore

Narrated by 15-year-old Bee Branch, Maria Semple’s epistolary comedy conveys its story of Bee; her brilliant, devoted ex-architect mother, Bernadette; and Microsoft visionary father, Elgin, by way of emails, FBI …