FROM Amy Nicholson
'The Great Wall:' Political satire or just another action flick? Our film critics review “The Great Wall,” set in China and starring Matt Damon; the horror anthology “XX,” which features women writers, directors and lead actors; and another thriller called “A Cure for Wellness.”
Facing love, death and time on the big screen “Rogue One,” the eighth film in the Star Wars pantheon is out this weekend. Will Smith stars in “Collateral Beauty.” The biopic “Barry” centers around Barack Obama.
Escapism at the movies this weekend Our film critics discuss The Love Witch; Ang Lee’s take on the veterans experience in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; the alien flick Arrival, starring Amy Adams; and the black comedy Elle.
What to see at the movie theater this weekend New releases at the cinema this weekend include: “Deepwater Horizon,” a film based on the explosion on an oil rig that led to the BP oil spill in 2010; Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children;’ “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess’s new flick, “Masterminds,” and Cannes indie fave “American Honey.”
New releases to check out this long weekend Labor Day is upon us and even though it’s the end of summer movie season, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of movies coming out. What should you head to the cineplex for this long weekend? Film critics Roth Cornet and Amy Nicholson give Press Play their picks.
New Films to Escape With This Weekend For those looking for escapism this weekend, the family-friendly animated film “The Secret Life of Pets” is coming to the local cineplex. But if raunchy is more your thing, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” may be the flick for you.
Summer Blockbuster Season in Full Swing It’s only May, but summer blockbuster season is in full swing. Big studios are betting on more of the familiar, with another X-Men film and an Alice in Wonderland sequel opening this weekend. What new movies are coming to a cineplex near you?
Movies, Just in Time for Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is the Sunday after next, and nothing says “I love you” to dear old mom more than another holiday-themed comedy from director Gary Marshall. We’ll talk about that and the other movies coming to your local cineplex in our weekly film segment .
Friday Film The Oscars are this Sunday . But instead of looking back, we’ll look to the present and talk about three new movies for our regular Friday film segment. We start with the new cop thriller Triple 9.
Friday Film It’s another thin January Friday at the movies. Not a ton of exciting new releases … but if you like men with beards slowly walking away from explosions, boy do we have a movie a for you. Our critics weigh in during our regular Friday film roundup.
Friday Film: 'Star Wars' Madness and More Star Wars is the Death Star of film this week, annihilating news of all other movies. But we’re going to change that in this week’s Friday film segment, where we round up several new releases! What other movies are brave enough to go up against the Star Wars juggernaut at this weekend’s box office?
Friday Film: Our Brand is Crisis, Burnt and more There are plenty of thrills and chills at the movies this weekend with Halloween upon us, though not from necessarily horror films. You’ll find a terrifying look into the mind of a political operative; what it’s like to be trapped in a kitchen with a megalomaniac; and, of course, zombies.
Friday Film: 'Jurassic World' and More A long-awaited blockbuster, “Jurassic World,” drops this weekend. Does the movie revive the franchise, or just rehash it? After that, it’s all indie counterprogramming at the box office this weekend. We discuss it all and get recommendations (and warnings) in this week’s Friday film segment.
Movies Our Friday round-up of movies finds a strange mix of choices. A new movie, based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, delivers a similar setup to one of his more famous works, “The Notebook.” It’s called The Longest Ride. It’s a love story divided between the present and the 1940’s. There’s also the directorial debut of actor Ryan Gosling, called “Lost River.” It’s an indie film about a single mother, played by Christina Hendricks, who runs up against the criminal underworld, while her son discovers a secret underwater town. And the best reviewed film of the bunch is “Ex Machina,” an intelligent sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence, from the writer of 28 Days Later.
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
Michael Flynn ensnared in foreign payments scandal Congressman Elijah Cummings has released documents showing that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014. Flynn still took a $45,000 speaking fee in 2015 from the Kremlin-backed news network RT.