FROM William Bibbiani
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.”
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?
Friday Film: Religious Films, Music Biopics and More There’s a bumper crop of music biopics in theaters right now and a new Richard Linklater movie out this weekend, as well as a sequel for the religious set. We discuss it all in our regular Friday film roundup.
Remembering Wes Craven Horror film visionary Wes Craven died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76. He reinvented the horror genre several times over the course of his decades-long career. “Nightmare on Elm Street” introduced a terrified generation to Freddy Krueger. And “Scream” gave us both a slick, self-aware reworking of the genre, and an abiding fear of those black-and-white masks.
Friday Film: A Talking Teddy Bear, Family Fun and More This weekend brings plenty of new summer movies. Samuel L. Jackson is the president in Big Game. A dog with PTSD teaches a family to love again in Max. Ted 2 brings back that foul mouthed talking teddy bear. All that and more in our Friday film segment.
Friday Film: 'San Andreas' and Hollywood's Love of Destroying Los Angeles Los Angeles is doomed to be swallowed up by the Pacific. At least, that’s what disaster movies would have you believe. The latest in the genre comes out in theaters this weekend, which is where we start this week’s Friday film roundup. Also, Point Break is getting a remake.
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."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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.
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.