FROM Christy Lemire
Do you miss Obama? 'The Final Year' will make you miss him even more Our critics review “The Final Year,” which follows Obama’s foreign policy team in their last year in office; “12 Strong,” based on real-life events that happened during the Bush administration immediately after 9/11; and “Forever My Girl,” a love story about a country superstar reuniting with his first love.
'I, Tonya' is like 'Goodfellas' on ice? Our critics review Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” about a mute woman discovering a government lab’s secret sea creature; “Tribes of Palos Verdes,” about a family that moves to Palos Verdes to make a fresh start; “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, the star figure skater who became a tabloid scandal in the 90s.
How does 'Justice League' stack up to other DC superhero movies? Our critics review “Justice League,” where Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Super Woman assemble a team of heroes to avenge Superman’s death and save the planet; “Mudbound,” where a white man and a black man return home to rural Mississippi after fighting in World War II; “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” starring Denzel Washington as a gifted and idealistic defense attorney who eventually finds himself in trouble.
Emma Stone as Billie Jean King, and other weekend movie releases Will the latest Lego Movie dominate at the box office? How about the new installment of the Kingsman series? And does Emma Stone make a convincing Billie Jean King? These questions await moviegoers this weekend. And our critics have some advice on what to see, and what to skip?
Is 'Logan Lucky' a redneck's version of 'Ocean's 11'? Our critics review “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” starring Samuel L. Jackson as the hitman and Ryan Reynolds as his bodyguard; “Logan Lucky,” starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as two unlucky Southern brothers planning a heist of a NASCAR race; and “Patti Cake$,” this year’s Sundance darling that follows a Jersey girl rapper. We also get the final results of our Twitter poll this week on this year’s best summer movie.
Is 'Cars 3' the animated racecar version of 'Rocky 3?' Film critics review Pixar’s third installment of “Cars;” “Rough Night,” about a group of women college friends getting together for a bachelorette party; “All Eyez on Me,” a biopic about iconic LA rapper Tupac Shakur.
How is 'Alien: Covenant' different from 'Prometheus?' Our critics review “Alien: Covenant,” the latest alien franchise from director Ridley Scott, in which a crew is sent to colonize another planet; “Wakefield,” starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner; and the Danish film “The Commune.”
'One Week and a Day' combines grief and humor Our critics review “The Circle,” starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks; “One Week and a Day,” which focuses on a couple mourning their son who just died, apparently of cancer; and “Sleight,” about a young street magician and drug dealer trying to make a better life for the magician’s little sister.
How is 'Life' different from 'Alien?' Our critics look at the new space thriller “Life;” a remake of the graphic novel “Wilson;” and remakes of old TV shows “Chips” and “The Power Rangers.” (Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures)
Funny man Jordan Peele aims to scare in 'Get Out' Our film critic reviews the race-based horror film “Get Out,” the French animated film “My Life As a Zucchini;” and “Rock Dog,” an adaptation of Zheng Jun's book “Tibetan Rock Dog.”
Will 'The Comedian' be Robert De Niro's comeback? Our critics review a new movie starring Robert De Niro as an aging comedian and ex-sitcom star; “The War on Everyone” about corrupt cops; the thriller “The Ring” and more.
Will Americans flock to anime filmmaker Makoto Shinkai? Our film critic reviews “Office Christmas Party,” where Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston team up; the musical “La La Land;” and the anime “Your Name” from rising director Makoto Shinkai.
Film Roundup: ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Jack Reacher’ Something for everyone this weekend at the movies. Jack Reacher: Never Look Back is the blockbuster, but indies like Moonlight and The Handmaiden will be drawing crowds as well. And a scarefest set in the 60s comes just in time for Halloween.
Movie roundup: 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Storks' We’re on the cusp of the prestige pictures dropping on audiences across the nation - it’s nearly Oscars season after all. Nearly. For now, we’ve got a Western remake, an animated film that doesn’t quite explain where babies come from and a couple indies like The Dressmaker and Goat.
Film: 'Suicide Squad' falls flat, 'Little Prince' impresses It’s been a disappointing summer so far for potential blockbusters. Will DC Comic’s Suicide Squad or a film that features Kevin Spacey trapped inside the body of a cat break the curse of the underwhelming box office before the kids head back to school? As we do every Friday, we’ll talk about this weekend’s new film releases and find out which films fell flat for our critics, and which films they suggest you check out. Link to What the Flick?! Link to CraveOnline
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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.