FROM Alonso Duralde
Transgender woman takes the lead in 'A Fantastic Woman' Our critics review the Oscar-nominated “A Fantastic Woman,” about a transgender cabaret singer in Santiago who’s dealing with the death of her lover, and is barred from the funeral; “On Body and Soul,” the only Oscar nominee with a woman director; “Winchester,” a horror film based on the mystery house in San Jose. Also just announced: Tom Hanks will play Mr. Rogers in a biopic.
What movies should you watch this Christmas? Christmas movies are hard to avoid on TV, even if you don’t celebrate the holiday. You know the classics, such as ”It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story.” There are less traditional Christmas favorites like “Home Alone” and “Love Actually.” But maybe you’re looking for something more obscure to get you in the spirit.
What does 'Call Me By Your Name' contribute to queer cinema? Our critics review Pixar’s “Coco,” which follows young musician Miguel as he enters the Land of the Dead; “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” about how author Charles Dickens created “A Christmas Carol;” “Call Me By Your Name,” an Italian summer love story between two men; and “Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in 1940 during WWII.
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.
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.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
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?