FROM Alonso Duralde
What to watch at Outfest? Outfest opened at the Orpheum Theatre downtown on Thursday night, and continues through July 22. The film festival features LGBTQ-oriented stories. This year, two-thirds of the movies are by people of color, transgender filmmakers, and women.
Josh Brolin starts a 'war with everyone' in 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Our critics review “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” in which drug cartels are trafficking terrorists across the US-Mexico border; “Uncle Drew,” a street basketball comedy; and “Leave No Trace,” about a father and his daughter whose idyllic lives in Oregon are changed.
Another week, another Marvel movie Our critics review “Deadpool 2,” an action comedy sequel about a sarcastic crime-fighter; “Book Club,” a feel-good movie about four lifelong friends who make bold life choices after reading “Fifty Shades of Grey;” and “First Reformed,” a drama about a former military chaplain struggling with the death of his son.
What's up with the giant flying wolf in 'Rampage?' Our critics review “Rampage,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a primatologist who shares a strong bond with a gorilla; “Truth or Dare,” another horror film from Blumhouse Productions; “The Rider,” which won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes, and follows a rodeo cowboy who suffers a near-fatal head injury.
How well does Alicia Vikander pull off Tomb Raider? Our critics review the “Tomb Raider” remake, this time starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft; “Love, Simon,” starring Nick Robinson as a gay, still-closeted high school kid; and “Ramen Heads,” a documentary about ramen in Japan.
Transgender woman takes the lead in 'A Fantastic Woman' Our critics review the Oscar-nominated “A Fantastic Woman,” about a transgender cabaret singer in Santiago who’s dealing with the death of her lover, and is barred from the funeral; “On Body and Soul,” the only Oscar nominee with a woman director; “Winchester,” a horror film based on the mystery house in San Jose. Also just announced: Tom Hanks will play Mr. Rogers in a biopic.
What movies should you watch this Christmas? Christmas movies are hard to avoid on TV, even if you don’t celebrate the holiday. You know the classics, such as ”It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story.” There are less traditional Christmas favorites like “Home Alone” and “Love Actually.” But maybe you’re looking for something more obscure to get you in the spirit.
What does 'Call Me By Your Name' contribute to queer cinema? Our critics review Pixar’s “Coco,” which follows young musician Miguel as he enters the Land of the Dead; “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” about how author Charles Dickens created “A Christmas Carol;” “Call Me By Your Name,” an Italian summer love story between two men; and “Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in 1940 during WWII.
In 'Brad's Status,' is Ben Stiller a loveable sad sack? Our critics review “Brad’s Status,” which stars Ben Stiller as Brad, who has a midlife crisis as his son tries getting into Harvard; “Strong Island,” a Netflix documentary about the filmmaker’s brother who was killed in 1992; the Belgian film “The Unknown Girl;” and “Mother!,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple.
Is it worth seeing 'The Dark Tower' if you haven’t read the Stephen King books? Our film critics discuss “Detroit,” which centers on the Detroit riots of summer 1967 the Algiers Motel incident that left three black men killed; “The Dark Tower,” adapted from the series by Stephen King and starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey; and “Kidnap,” an action flick with a female lead.
What's new in Despicable Me 3? Our movie critics talk about the return of the Minions, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler building an illicit casino in “The House,” and the story of a gigantic pig that made a big showing at the Cannes Film Festival.
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 Katherine Heigl memorable as a psycho ex in 'Unforgettable?' Our critics review “Unforgettable,” a thriller starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson; “A Quiet Passion,” a costume drama about poet Emily Dickinson; and a film about one of the first celebrity chefs, “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.”
How does 'Logan' stack up to previous X-Men films? Our critics review the next X-Men film “Logan;” the teen melodrama “Before I Fall;” and “The Last Word,” which stars Shirley MacLaine as a curmudgeon who wants approval of her obituary before she dies.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
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."