FROM Katie Walsh
Cher is cheered in 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Our critics review “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” the sequel starring Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, and Pierce Brosnan; “The Equalizer 2,” starring Denzel Washington, who’s gone four decades without making a single sequel; “Unfriended: Dark Web,” a thriller about a teen who uses a new laptop to play an online game with friends, but then they all get death threats; “Blindspotting,” about race and class in gentrifying Oakland.
In 'Fallen Kingdom,' what's changed since the first Jurassic Park in 1993? Our critics review “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the 5th film in the Jurassic Park franchise; “Izzy Gets the --- Across Town,” a comedy about a woman who has to make her way across LA to crash her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party; “Boundaries,” starring Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga as estranged father and daughter.
'Life of the Party' and women's empowerment Our critics review “Breaking In,” starring Gabrielle Union as a mother fighting to protect her children during a home invasion; “Life of the Party,” a comedy about a mom (Melissa McCarthy) who goes to college with her daughter; “The Seagull,” a new take on the classic play; “Lu Over The Wall,” an animated adventure about a middle school kid from a fishing town that was once home to merfolk.
What does 'I Feel Pretty' say about body image? Our critics review “I Feel Pretty,” where Amy Schumer plays a woman who believes she is ugly until she falls off her bike; “Super Troopers 2,” about cops behaving badly; “Little Pink House,” the story of a paramedic who fought to save her waterfront home in Connecticut; and the Netflix original film “Kodachrome,” about an estranged father-son duo who go on a road trip.
If you don’t like superhero films, you'll still like 'Black Panther' Large crowds turned out last night for Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The movie is one of Fandango’s top five pre-sellers of all time. Our critics review “Black Panther,” plus “Early Man,” starring Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne.
Why you should see 'Phantom Thread' over 'Downsizing' Our critics review “Downsizing,” in which a couple lives in a community of people who’ve shrunk to 5 inches; “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a comedy starring The Rock and Kevin Hart; “The Post,” which follows newspaper publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee as they expose government secrets; and “Phantom Thread,” which Daniel Day Lewis says will be his last film.
Even the director of ‘The Snowman’ admits his movie is a mess Our critics review “Only the Brave,” which is about a group of real-life men who fought a big wildfire in Arizona in 2013; Tyler Perry’s “Boo! 2;” and “The Snowman,” starring Michael Fassbender as a serial killer.
Does Tom Cruise deliver in 'American Made'? This week’s new movie releases offer plenty of thrills: Tom Cruise is a real life pilot turned CIA drug runner in ‘American Made’, a ‘Flatliners’ reboot takes young medical students near death, and a couple’s attempt to spice up their marriage goes awry (with handcuffs!) in ‘Gerald’s Game’.
Is ‘Birth of the Dragon’ the true story of Bruce Lee’s life? Our critics review “Leap!,” an animated film about a wannabe ballerina orphan voiced by Elle Fanning; “Birth of the Dragon,” about martial arts legend Bruce Lee; “All Saints,” based on an inspiring true story about a salesman-turned-pastor; and “Beach Rats,” about a teenager in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
Weekend in film: Anne Hathaway unleashes Godzilla-like creature in Korea while drunk Our critics review “Going in Style,” which stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin as bank robbers; "Smurfs: The Lost Village,” in which Smurfette discovers she’s not the only female Smurf out there; "Colossal," a romantic comedy with a fun and bizarre twist, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.
'Kong: Skull Island': Are humans the real monsters? Our critics discuss the new remake of the King Kong story, starring John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson; a spooky Parisian film called “Personal Shopper;” and the horror movie “Raw.”
Women in power take the big screen this weekend “Jackie” is an intimate and unconventional biopic of Jackie Kennedy, starring Natalie Portman. The thriller “Miss Sloane” features Jessica Chastain as a high-powered, present-day lobbyist on a mission. “Things to Come” is a French film about a philosophy professor hit by crisis.
Travel the world in two different films Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio travel worldwide in their new movies. Hanks reprises his role in the latest Dan Brown thriller, and DiCaprio has a new documentary on climate change. There’s also a new documentary about the band Oasis.
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.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
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?