FROM William Bibbiani
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.
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?
Friday Film On our Friday film segment this week, we have four new movies to tell you about. All of them are comedies of different kinds: action comedy, silly comedy, romantic comedy and zombie comedy. Our critics give their takes.
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.
Film Roundup: 'Avengers' and More The newest Avengers movie is out today, and it's already shattering records. Advance ticket sales for Avengers: Age of Ultron are equal to all of the other Marvel movies combined. It's also brought in $250 million overseas and is expected to have the biggest debut of all-time this weekend. But is it entertaining? We talk about that and more in our weekly film roundup.
Movies: Remembering the Maysles Brothers Legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles died last night at the age of 88. Maysles and his late brother, David, essentially created the verite style of documentary filmmaking: the fly-on-the-wall, non-narrated approach. Their films include the classics Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter. Today, we kick off our weekly film segment with an appreciation of the Maysles before moving on to the latest box office releases.
Oscar Animation Nominees What most people know about the Oscar race for best animated feature is that the Lego Movie never made it to the starting line. But the mourning period is done: the teeth have been gnashed and the garments have been rended. It’s time to talk about the movies that did get a nod, including some foreign stunners and a big-budget sequel that may have surpassed the original. That and more in our weekly film segment.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
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."
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?