FROM Christy Lemire
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.”
Holiday films, from action to indie Our film critics review “Passengers,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt; “Fences,” adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson; “Ordinary Women,” an indie set in 1970s Santa Barbara; 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
Film: New ‘Tarzan’ Is a ‘Hodgepodge’ with Eye Candy For those staying in town this Fourth of July weekend, there’s some candy at the cinema. Yes, there are Junior Mints. But there’s also eye candy available – in the new “Tarzan”. What the Flick?! film critic Christy Lemire called it “a really weird kind of hodgepodge of stuff.”
Friday Film Roundup This was a difficult week of news, but this weekend offers plenty of new film releases for a hours of relief, including “Finding Dory” and a creepy documentary about competitive tickling. Our critics give their takes.
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 .
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?
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 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?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.