FROM Kyle Buchanan
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.
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.
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.
Film Roundup: 'Avengers' and More The newest Avengers movie is out today, and it's already shattering records. Advance ticket sales for Avengers: Age of Ultron are equal to all of the other Marvel movies combined. It's also brought in $250 million overseas and is expected to have the biggest debut of all-time this weekend. But is it entertaining? We talk about that and more in our weekly film roundup.
Film: The Strange World of Oscar Voters We’ve picked apart the Oscar-nominated films at length. So, this week in our Friday film segment, we dissect the Oscars themselves. Turns out, the films that get the most votes for Best Picture don’t necessarily win. Also, how does one become an Academy voter in the first place? The big show is this Sunday, and the decisions that lead up to it can sometimes be mystifying. We break it down.
Oscar’s Diversity Problem Oscar nominations came out this morning, and it turns out that 2014 was a great year for men at the movies -- especially white men. Perhaps not so good for everyone else. There were no people of color nominated in the acting categories, and no women were nominated as best director or in any of the writing categories. We look at the lack of diversity, plus snubs and surprises.
Movie Awards Season in Full Swing In our weekly film segment, we take a look at the latest big screen releases. Coming into the home stretch of the holiday season, some of this weekend’s most-anticipated releases include a 1970s stoner noir; a biblical epic with equally epic special effects; and a romantic comedy that delivers on the comedy part. And it’s awards season! We look at the surprises and snubs.
Gangsta gardener, a donut dough-bate, 'The Last Magnificent' Artist and community activist Ron Finley discusses how he’s changing South LA, one garden at a time. Chef Jeremiah Tower talks about starring in “The Last Magnificent,” a new documentary about his role as one of the defining figures in the early days of California cuisine. Plus: Laura Avery stuffs her “Good Food” tote full of green garlic, while Evan and The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman get into a heated dough-bate about donuts.
Brad Gooch: Rumi's Secret Biographer Brad Gooch reveals that he traveled 2500 miles to trace Rumi's footsteps, learned Persian and spent eight years to write Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love.
Who will lead California's Democratic Party? It’s been a hectic week in politics. There’s been talk of impeachment, Watergate, and Mike Pence’s political action committee. Also, the California Democratic Party is having its convention in Sacramento this weekend, where they’ll talk strategy and pick a new leader.