FROM Witney Seibold
Does 'Planet of the Apes' make us care more about apes than humans? Our film critic reviews “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third movie in this modern reboot series; “Wish Upon,” about a teenager who gets a jewelry box that grants her seven wishes; the costume thriller “Lady Macbeth,” which is not a Shakespeare adaptation but based on Nikolai Leskov’s novella.
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.
Does the new ‘King Arthur’ rip off ‘Game Of Thrones?’ Our critics review “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” starring Charlie Hunnam of “Sons of Anarchy” fame; and “Snatched,” about a mother and daughter who are in trouble.
Facing love, death and time on the big screen “Rogue One,” the eighth film in the Star Wars pantheon is out this weekend. Will Smith stars in “Collateral Beauty.” The biopic “Barry” centers around Barack Obama.
Film Roundup If you need a break this weekend from the spectacle that is the presidential campaign, there are lots of new films to check out. Ben Affleck stars in “The Accountant.” Everyone’s favorite giant angry reptile is back in “Shin Godzilla.” And three indie movies: “Tower,” a documentary about a 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin; “Christine,” a film about a TV news reporter who committed suicide on the air; and “Sky Ladder,” a documentary about Chinese fireworks artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Friday Film: ‘Southside With You,’ ‘Don’t Breathe’ This weekend’s releases include “Southside With You,” a film that imagines the first date between a young Barack Obama and his wife-to-be Michelle Robinson. Also “Don’t Breathe,” a horror film in which three desperate young people think they can make some easy money by robbing a blind guy, and boy did they pick the wrong blind guy!
Movies: Star Trek, Divergent, Don't Think Twice Our movie critics talk about this weekend's premieres: What Trekkies have to look forward to in the third installment of the Star Trek reboot, failure and success among a circle of improv players in Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice, and why dystopian teen saga Divergent is being dropped from theatrical release and going straight to TV.
Film: Games, Heists, and Ghostly Hijinks What’s new at a cineplex near you? Warcraft is a film based on the video game “World of Warcraft”. “Now You See Me: The Second Act” is about a group of Vegas magicians called The Horsemen who run spectacular heists. ”The Conjuring 2” follows married ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren to England and ghostly hijinks ensues. Are these new releases worth checking out?
Nice Guys, Angry Birds and Bad Neighbors This week’s new film releases include The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, the animated film version of the smartphone game Angry Birds, and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Will those flicks lure people to the cineplex?
Friday Movies Thinking of seeing a movie this weekend? Let film critics Witney Seibold and Tim Grierson guide your decision. Discussed today are sci-fi thriller Cloverfield, Eye in the Sky, Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Brothers Grimsby and Lolo.
Film Roundup: Halloween Comes Early It’s not even October yet, but it feels like Halloween at the movies—three scary films come out in theaters this weekend. Hear all about them—and a rom-com—in our Friday film roundup.
Film Roundup: 'Straight Outta Compton' and More This weekend, rappers who came straight outta Compton are coming straight to a theater near you. We’ll talk about the movie based on the story of their life. We also talk about the reboot of a cult classic TV show, and Kevin Bacon playing a small town sheriff gone bad.
Friday Film: A Talking Teddy Bear, Family Fun and More This weekend brings plenty of new summer movies. Samuel L. Jackson is the president in Big Game. A dog with PTSD teaches a family to love again in Max. Ted 2 brings back that foul mouthed talking teddy bear. All that and more in our Friday film segment.
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.”
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyonce take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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.