FROM Kyle Buchanan
'Isle of Dogs:' Complex sets and puppets, but is the story engaging? Our critics discuss “Isle of Dogs,” the new stop-motion animated film from Wes Anderson; “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” Guillermo del Toro’s sequel about robots fighting monsters; “Unsane,” a thriller filmed entirely on an iPhone.
In 'The Mountain Between Us,' snowbound romance and survival Our critics discuss “The Mountain Between Us,” which starts with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as strangers boarding a small plane together; “The Florida Project,” starring Willem Dafoe as a budget motel manager in Florida; and “Blade Runner 2049,” with Harrison Ford back as detective Rick Deckard.
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.
Can Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' rake it in at the box offices? What are the highlights from Comic Con? We also get reviews of “Dunkirk,” about an epic battle and troop evacuation in World War II; “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” a sci-fi thriller in which 1000 planets are threatened by a dark force; and “Landline,” an indie about a family in Manhattan.
'The Mummy' with Tom Cruise: Should it have stayed buried? Our critics review “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise; “Beatriz at Dinner,” with Salma Hayek playing an earthy therapist and healer, opposite John Lithgow’s conservative wealthy man; and “My Cousin Rachel,” based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier.
In 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,' how well does Vin Diesel play Baby Groot? Our critics review “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2,” starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana; “The Lovers,” about a husband and wife who each have an affair; and “3 Generations,” about a trans boy played by Elle Fanning.
Women in power take the big screen this weekend “Jackie” is an intimate and unconventional biopic of Jackie Kennedy, starring Natalie Portman. The thriller “Miss Sloane” features Jessica Chastain as a high-powered, present-day lobbyist on a mission. “Things to Come” is a French film about a philosophy professor hit by crisis.
Will moviegoers go see 'Birth of a Nation'? “The Birth of a Nation,” the biopic about Nat Turner, who led the most famous slave rebellion in US history, hits theaters this weekend. Can it overcome the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding writer-director-star Nate Parker? Other new releases include a big budget popcorn thriller, an Iranian horror movie and a Disney drama about a Ugandan chess champion.
The latest from the Toronto International Film Festival The Toronto International Film Festival marks the unofficial start of Oscars season. Oscar bait like La La Land and Jackie are being shown, as well as big blockbusters like the remake of Magnificent Seven.
Movies: 'Ghostbusters' and More One word: “Ghostbusters!” Yes, it’s finally here. In our weekly look at the latest movie releases, our critics talk about the all-female reboot. Also this week, Bryan Cranston returns to the world of drugs in the thriller “Infiltrator”; and Woody Allen’s latest, “Cafe Society,” starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.
New Releases: ‘The Shallows,’ ‘Swiss Army Man,’ and ‘Neon Demon’ In our weekly segment on the newest film releases, we look at the Independence Day sequel; a shark attack thriller, “The Shallows”; a buddy comedy with one live and one dead buddy, “Swiss Army Man”; and “Neon Demon,” a moody thriller about models in LA.
The Family Fang out this Mother’s Day Weekend, and Captain America: Civil War Marvel is back with another Avengers installment, Captain America: Civil War . And on this Mother’s Day weekend, moviegoers can check out a dysfunctional family aside from their own in The Family Fang, starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman as siblings traumatized by their dad, played by Christopher Walken. That and more on our weekly film segment.
An Oscars Swag Bag Lawsuit The Oscars are coming up at the end of this month. For nominees that means interviews, photo shoots and swag. Oscars gift bags are famously lavish, and the Academy says they’ve gotten so over-the-top, the Academy is now suing the company that puts them together. Basically, the Academy wants nothing to do with them. Photo by BDS2006
Film Roundup: James Bond Returns BOND. The newest installment of the franchise is out today, and the New York Times says: “There’s nothing surprising in Spectre.” Does there need to be? Like its protagonist, the Bond series may be unkillable.
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."
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
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.”
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."