FROM Alonso Duralde
Captain Jack Sparrow returns, and Netflix gets booed at Cannes Our critics review the fifth franchise of “Pirates of the Caribbean;” “War Machine,” in which Brad Pitt plays General McMahon and Ben Kingsley portrays Hamid Karzai; and “Baywatch,” a film adaptation of the old David Hasselhoff series. We also look at what’s been going on at the Cannes Film Festival.
Is Katherine Heigl memorable as a psycho ex in 'Unforgettable?' Our critics review “Unforgettable,” a thriller starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson; “A Quiet Passion,” a costume drama about poet Emily Dickinson; and a film about one of the first celebrity chefs, “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.”
How does 'Logan' stack up to previous X-Men films? Our critics review the next X-Men film “Logan;” the teen melodrama “Before I Fall;” and “The Last Word,” which stars Shirley MacLaine as a curmudgeon who wants approval of her obituary before she dies.
The Rock as a Polynesian god in Disney's 'Moana' Our critics review Disney’s new “Moana,” which has music by “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda; “Allied,” a thriller starring Brad Pitt; “Rules Don’t Apply,” which tells the story of Howard Hughes; and more.
Film: ‘Snowden,’ a Christian rock doc & two sequels New film releases this week include Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a Christian rock doc , and two sequels – rom-com “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and horror flick “Blair Witch.” What’s good?
‘Ben-Hur’, new Herzog documentary On our weekly movie segment, we review a new remake of “Ben-Hur” from an inventive Russian director, and a new animated film from upstart Portland studio Laika called “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Plus, we review “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” a new documentary from Werner Herzog, and “War Dogs,” a comedy about two guys who get a big Pentagon contract, starring Jonah Hill.
New Releases: Bourne, Bad Moms and New Documentaries On our Friday movie segment, we discuss the latest installment in the action spy series about Jason Bourne, which features a reteaming of actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. Then a comedy with a lot of big names called Bad Moms, and a thriller called Nerve. Two documentaries are also out this weekend, both about influential figures from film: photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank and Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly.
LA’s Outfest Has Come a Long Way Since ‘82 Outfest , LA’S LGBTQ film festival, opened last night with a gala screening of “The Intervention,” a film about friends who go on a trip to break up a marriage. The festival has come a long way since it began in 1982 as the "Gay and Lesbian Media Festival and Conference." Alonso Duralde, one of Press Play’s regular film reviewers is a Senior Programmer at Outfest.
Reviews of “Money Monster” and Two Indie Comedies We’ve got a hostage crisis thriller starring George Clooney and a couple of indies rocking the cinema this weekend. Love and Friendship and The Lobster are two very different comedies crafted by beloved independent film directors.
Friday Film Roundup: ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ One of the most highly anticipated movies of the year is out today, and it might be somewhat less anticipated after the terrible reviews. We’re talking Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. We’ll also talk about the late great Garry Shandling. The comedian died yesterday at the age of 66.
Friday Film The latest Nicholas Sparks romance movie is out this weekend. It’s called “The Choice.” The New York Times says it’s “filmed like an ad for erectile-dysfunction medication.” Ouch. Is it really that bad? We find out about that and more in our regular Friday film roundup.
Snubs and Surprises and Oscars Nominations Hollywood is a multi-billion-dollar business, that's also all about ego and prestige. There are 10 candidates for best picture this year and countless other nominations. Many careers and lots of money hang on the outcome of Motion Picture Academy voting. Alonso Duralde, writer and movie critic for the The Wrap , a digital news outlet, has more on the latest Oscar nominations . Charlotte Rampling was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role ( 45 Years )
Friday Film: 'The Revenant,' 'The Hateful Eight' and More Hollywood is busy with awards season these days. Too busy, in fact, to give us much of anything new to see in the movies in early January. So for our inaugural 2016 movie roundup, we’re talking about a few movies that you may have missed over the holiday break, including The Hateful Eight and The Revenant.
'American Gods' showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green The novel American Gods features countless mythological characters gearing up to fight an epic battle. The writer-producers of the new adaptation on Starz were determined to do justice to the book -- even if that meant constantly moving production and pushing the budget. Showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller tell us why they're not worried about critics who say the show is confusing, and go into the thinking behind an especially memorable, explicit sex scene.
The Art of Manufacturing, Apple's new headquarters What's one mile around, has a four-story glass door, and looks like a spaceship? DnA gets a tour of Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino. And we learn about Los Angeles' creative economy, and why LA is a hotbed for manufacturing.
Fighting for the soul of the California Democratic Party Over the weekend, Eric Bauman was elected as the new chair of the California Democratic Party. But his main opponent, progressive Kimberly Ellis has not conceded. It was a raucous weekend with Bernie Sanders supporters saying the party is not listening to their concerns.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.