FROM Christy Lemire
Will grown-ups also enjoy 'Hotel Transylvania 3?' Our critics review “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” the third animation film about Dracula and his family; “Skyscraper,” starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson; “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” based on the true story of John Callahan going from an alcoholic to a satirical cartoonist; “Eighth Grade,” Bo Burnham’s debut movie about what it’s like growing up with the internet.
What does new film reveal about Andre Leon Talley besides that he's a big personality? Our critics review “American Animals,” a mostly true crime thriller involving four Kentucky university students who plan to steal a valuable book from their school library; “Upgrade,” about a man with an implanted computer chip that will enhance his body; “Adrift,” about surviving a catastrophic hurricane; and “The Gospel According to Andre,” which explores the life and career of Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley.
Will fans of 'A Wrinkle in Time' be happy with Ava DuVernay's film adaptation? Our critics review “A Wrinkle In Time,” the first $100+ million dollar film directed by a black woman; “Thoroughbreds,” an R-rated movie about two upper-class teenage girls, and one of them has a cruel stepfather; “The Death of Stalin,” a political satire by the creator of “Veep;” and “Gringo,” a dark comedy starring Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo.
Do you miss Obama? 'The Final Year' will make you miss him even more Our critics review “The Final Year,” which follows Obama’s foreign policy team in their last year in office; “12 Strong,” based on real-life events that happened during the Bush administration immediately after 9/11; and “Forever My Girl,” a love story about a country superstar reuniting with his first love.
'I, Tonya' is like 'Goodfellas' on ice? Our critics review Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” about a mute woman discovering a government lab’s secret sea creature; “Tribes of Palos Verdes,” about a family that moves to Palos Verdes to make a fresh start; “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, the star figure skater who became a tabloid scandal in the 90s.
How does 'Justice League' stack up to other DC superhero movies? Our critics review “Justice League,” where Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Super Woman assemble a team of heroes to avenge Superman’s death and save the planet; “Mudbound,” where a white man and a black man return home to rural Mississippi after fighting in World War II; “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” starring Denzel Washington as a gifted and idealistic defense attorney who eventually finds himself in trouble.
Emma Stone as Billie Jean King, and other weekend movie releases Will the latest Lego Movie dominate at the box office? How about the new installment of the Kingsman series? And does Emma Stone make a convincing Billie Jean King? These questions await moviegoers this weekend. And our critics have some advice on what to see, and what to skip?
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.
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.
How is 'Alien: Covenant' different from 'Prometheus?' Our critics review “Alien: Covenant,” the latest alien franchise from director Ridley Scott, in which a crew is sent to colonize another planet; “Wakefield,” starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner; and the Danish film “The Commune.”
'One Week and a Day' combines grief and humor Our critics review “The Circle,” starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks; “One Week and a Day,” which focuses on a couple mourning their son who just died, apparently of cancer; and “Sleight,” about a young street magician and drug dealer trying to make a better life for the magician’s little sister.
Funny man Jordan Peele aims to scare in 'Get Out' Our film critic reviews the race-based horror film “Get Out,” the French animated film “My Life As a Zucchini;” and “Rock Dog,” an adaptation of Zheng Jun's book “Tibetan Rock Dog.”
Will 'The Comedian' be Robert De Niro's comeback? Our critics review a new movie starring Robert De Niro as an aging comedian and ex-sitcom star; “The War on Everyone” about corrupt cops; the thriller “The Ring” and more.
Holiday films, from action to indie Our film critics review “Passengers,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt; “Fences,” adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson; “Ordinary Women,” an indie set in 1970s Santa Barbara; and more.
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."
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?
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.