FROM William Bibbiani
This week's movies Tom Cruise is back for another installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. This one is called Fallout. Our critics offer their reviews, as well as reviews of Teen Titans Go!, and a Netflix documentary called The Bleeding Edge.
Noteworthy that 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' gives equal billing to a male and female superhero? Our critics review “Ant-man and the Wasp,” another Marvel Studios movie, starting Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly; “The First Purge,” in which a spinoff of the GOP party rises, and there are no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island; “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter,” a father-son bonding film on Netflix; and “Sorry to Bother You,” starring Lakeith Stanton as a telemarketer in Oakland.
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.
'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.
Is 'Blockers' really about women's empowerment? Our critics review “Blockers,” a comedy about three girls who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night and three parents who want to block them from doing so; “Chappaquiddick,” a drama about Senator Ted Kennedy’s involvement in an accident that killed young campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne; “You Were Never Really Here,” starring Joaquin Phoenix as a traumatized veteran who chases down missing girls for a living.
Is 'Annihilation' sci-fi adventure too heady? Our critics review “Game Night,” directed by the team who co-wrote “Horrible Bosses;” “Every Day,” about a teenage girl who falls in love with someone who transforms into a different person every day; the sci-fi adventure “Annihilation” starring Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez.
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.
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.
'Thor: Ragnarok' and the importance of movie stars Our critics review “A Bad Moms Christmas,” starring Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn; “Thor: Ragnarok,” with Chris Hemsworth back as Thor, and directed by Taika Waititi of “Flight of the Conchords;” and “Lady Bird,” about the relationship between a mother and her strong-willed teenage daughter.
Will 'It' pull Hollywood out of its box office funk? Our critics review a reboot of Stephen King’s “It,” now set in the ‘80s with kids disappearing from a small town, and a makeover for Pennywise the clown; and “Home Again,” a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. Also, this summer has been officially the worst at the box office in more than a decade. Is Rotten Tomatoes to blame?
Is 'Atomic Blonde' too violent or just violent enough? Our film critics review “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron as an undercover M16 agent who looks into the death of her fellow agent during the Cold War era; “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the follow-up to Al Gore’s 2006 Oscar-winning climate change documentary; and “The Emoji Movie,” in which Gene has multiple facial expressions, unlike his fellow emojis who only have one.
'The Mummy' with Tom Cruise: Should it have stayed buried? Our critics review “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise; “Beatriz at Dinner,” with Salma Hayek playing an earthy therapist and healer, opposite John Lithgow’s conservative wealthy man; and “My Cousin Rachel,” based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier.
21 years later, the 'Trainspotting' guys are back Our critics review the live-action reboot of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson; “T2 Trainspotting,” with Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller; and the new Terrence Malick film “Song to Song.”
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.”
Film: 'Suicide Squad' falls flat, 'Little Prince' impresses It’s been a disappointing summer so far for potential blockbusters. Will DC Comic’s Suicide Squad or a film that features Kevin Spacey trapped inside the body of a cat break the curse of the underwhelming box office before the kids head back to school? As we do every Friday, we’ll talk about this weekend’s new film releases and find out which films fell flat for our critics, and which films they suggest you check out. Link to What the Flick?! Link to CraveOnline
Film: Games, Heists, and Ghostly Hijinks What’s new at a cineplex near you? Warcraft is a film based on the video game “World of Warcraft”. “Now You See Me: The Second Act” is about a group of Vegas magicians called The Horsemen who run spectacular heists. ”The Conjuring 2” follows married ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren to England and ghostly hijinks ensues. Are these new releases worth checking out?
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.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
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."
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?