FROM Alicia Malone
Spielberg takes on gaming with 'Ready Player One?' Our critics review “Ready Player One,” a blockbuster set in a dystopian future where people try to escape to a virtual reality game; “Acrimony,” starring Taraji P. Henson as a wronged woman seeking revenge; “Outside In,” about a man recently released from prison.
Is Jack Black over the top in 'Polka King?' Our critics review “Paddington 2,” the second live-action adaptation of the iconic British children’s book; “The Polka King” on Netflix, starring Jack Black as a Polish immigrant and polka band leader; and “The Commuter,” starring Liam Neeson as an insurance salesman who meets a stranger on a train.
‘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.
Can 'Marshall' teach more about Thurgood Marshall's personal life than history books? Our critics review “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice; “78/52,” a documentary about one of the most famous scenes in cinema history; “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” a superhero origin story; and more.
What to expect from Telluride Film Festival 2017 The Telluride Film Festival kicks off today. It’s not as glitzy as Venice, Toronto or Cannes, but it has a good track record of hosting future Oscar winners. We look at what’s being screened there this weekend. Our critics also weigh in on new releases out today: “I Do...Until I Don’t,” “Tulip Fever,” and “Dolores.”
Does 'The Glass Castle' film adaptation live up to the memoir? Our film critics review “The Glass Castle,” an adaptation of a memoir by former gossip columnist Jeannette Walls, about her childhood and vagabond family; “Ingrid Goes West,” which stars Elizabeth Olsen as an Instagram influencer; and “The Trip To Spain,” starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
'Transformers: The Last Knight' links to legend of King Arthur Our critics review the latest installment in the “Transformers” franchise, where Optimus Prime is gone and a war is on between humans and transformers; “The Bad Batch,” in which the world’s undesirables are cast off into the desert to be chased by cannibals; and the romantic comedy “The Big Sick.”
Captain Jack Sparrow returns, and Netflix gets booed at Cannes Our critics review the fifth franchise of “Pirates of the Caribbean;” “War Machine,” in which Brad Pitt plays General McMahon and Ben Kingsley portrays Hamid Karzai; and “Baywatch,” a film adaptation of the old David Hasselhoff series. We also look at what’s been going on at the Cannes Film Festival.
Is '50 Shades Darker' steamy or tedious? Our movie critics review new films, including the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey;” “A United Kingdom,” a love story starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike; and the much anticipated “The Lego Batman Movie.”
Is 'Monster Trucks' so bad it's good? Our critics review Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night;” “Monster Trucks,” about trucks that are literally monsters; the horror film “The Bye Bye Man;” and the documentary “Saving Banksy.”
Escapism at the movies this weekend Our film critics discuss The Love Witch; Ang Lee’s take on the veterans experience in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; the alien flick Arrival, starring Amy Adams; and the black comedy Elle.
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.
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.
Friday Film: 'Entourage,' 'Insidious: Chapter 3' and More It’s a bro-down this weekend at the movies. Entourage, the movie based on the HBO series, is coming. Or, if you’re not into male entitlement, perhaps Spy with Melissa McCarthy is the movie for you. We talk about those and more new releases in this week’s Friday film segment.
New Movie Releases Finally, a little variety at the movie theater this weekend. Coming out today: a family-friendly animated flick, a raunchy comedy and a movie about 40-somethings trying to relive an imagined youth.
Enter the Dead Zone Award-bait season is over, and we have officially entered the movie dead zone that is January. You could spend the next month catching up on the Oscar buzzy movies that came out in December. But if that’s not of interest, we’ll fill you in on the new releases and movie news in our weekly film segment.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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?