FROM Grae Drake
'Insidious: The Last Key' features bizarre and horrifying creatures Our critics review “Blame,” about a drama teacher who strikes up a relationship with a student; “The Strange Ones,” a mystery about a young boy traveling with an older man; “In Between,” focusing on three young Arab-Israeli women living together in Tel Aviv; and the fourth “Insidious” franchise.
‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is like ‘Clue’ on a train Our critics discuss “Murder On the Orient Express,” starring Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer; the Christmas comedy “Daddy’s Home 2;” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” about a mother who tries solving her daughter's murder.
Is 'Atomic Blonde' too violent or just violent enough? Our film critics review “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron as an undercover M16 agent who looks into the death of her fellow agent during the Cold War era; “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the follow-up to Al Gore’s 2006 Oscar-winning climate change documentary; and “The Emoji Movie,” in which Gene has multiple facial expressions, unlike his fellow emojis who only have one.
Film: Adults-only ‘Sausage Party’, Kid-friendly ‘Pete’s Dragon’ The weekend’s movies include something for everyone – a sex comedy about food (or is it a food comedy about sex?), a terrible opera singer, an animated dragon and mustachioed bank robbers. What’s worth heading out to the cineplex for?
Film: Ninja Turtles, a Syrupy Romance, and Conner4Real Are you into reptiles with attitude? If so, you’re in luck. The Ninja Turtles are back. Also coming to a theatre near you this weekend: a syrupy romance and music business spoof hitting theaters this weekend. Two Rotten Tomatoes critics join us for a Tomato fest!
Have a Happily-Ever-After Weekend at the Movies Two fairytale movies premiere this weekend. But if you’re looking for something more gritty, how about a back-woods horror flick starring Patrick Stewart? We’ll discuss that and give a nod to “Purple Rain” in this week’s film segment.
Friday Film: SXSW and New Releases A lot of the film-world’s focus is in Austin right now. SXSW ends this weekend. But we also have a slate of films being released in theaters today including Midnight Special and the latest in the Divergent series, Allegiant.
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.
Film Roundup: 'The Transporter Refueled,' 'A Walk in the Woods' We look at this weekend’s releases. There’s an action thriller reboot, and a story of two older friends who get together to hike the Appalachian Trail and more.
Friday Film: 'Cinderella', Sean Penn as Action Star and a Softer Pacino Cinderella led the box office this week, bringing in almost $70 million since its premiere. But a sequel based on a big YA franchise, Divergent, drops today, introducing some serious competition. What is a teen cinephile to do? Our regular weekly movies segment is here to help you navigate the box office. Plus, Sean Penn in The Gunman, a new action thriller from the director of Taken, and Al Pacino shows a softer side as a pop star in Danny Collins.
Snipers, Best Men, and Black Hats We’re emerging from our post-Oscar-nominations hangover today, and ready to talk about new releases. We talk about what’s new at the box office in our weekly film segment.
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.
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.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
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?