FROM Jen Yamato
How is the "Fast and Furious" franchise holding up? Our critics review “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment of the “Fast” franchise, which now includes Charlize Theron; “The Lost City of Z,” an old-fashioned epic about an explorer in the Amazon in the early 1900s; and “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” which stars Richard Gere.
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.
Have a Happily-Ever-After Weekend at the Movies Two fairytale movies premiere this weekend. But if you’re looking for something more gritty, how about a back-woods horror flick starring Patrick Stewart? We’ll discuss that and give a nod to “Purple Rain” in this week’s film segment.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.