FROM Alonso Duralde
In 'Brad's Status,' is Ben Stiller a loveable sad sack? Our critics review “Brad’s Status,” which stars Ben Stiller as Brad, who has a midlife crisis as his son tries getting into Harvard; “Strong Island,” a Netflix documentary about the filmmaker’s brother who was killed in 1992; the Belgian film “The Unknown Girl;” and “Mother!,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple.
Is it worth seeing 'The Dark Tower' if you haven’t read the Stephen King books? Our film critics discuss “Detroit,” which centers on the Detroit riots of summer 1967 the Algiers Motel incident that left three black men killed; “The Dark Tower,” adapted from the series by Stephen King and starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey; and “Kidnap,” an action flick with a female lead.
What's new in Despicable Me 3? Our movie critics talk about the return of the Minions, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler building an illicit casino in “The House,” and the story of a gigantic pig that made a big showing at the Cannes Film Festival.
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.
Movie Reviews: 'The Jungle Book' and a New 'Barbershop' Movie There’s a remake, a sequel and a musical flick at the movies this weekend. We have reviews of The Jungle Book , Barbershop: The Next Cut and the musical coming-of-age flick Sing Street .
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
'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.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?