FROM Witney Seibold
'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.”
Facing love, death and time on the big screen “Rogue One,” the eighth film in the Star Wars pantheon is out this weekend. Will Smith stars in “Collateral Beauty.” The biopic “Barry” centers around Barack Obama.
Film Roundup If you need a break this weekend from the spectacle that is the presidential campaign, there are lots of new films to check out. Ben Affleck stars in “The Accountant.” Everyone’s favorite giant angry reptile is back in “Shin Godzilla.” And three indie movies: “Tower,” a documentary about a 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin; “Christine,” a film about a TV news reporter who committed suicide on the air; and “Sky Ladder,” a documentary about Chinese fireworks artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Friday Film: ‘Southside With You,’ ‘Don’t Breathe’ This weekend’s releases include “Southside With You,” a film that imagines the first date between a young Barack Obama and his wife-to-be Michelle Robinson. Also “Don’t Breathe,” a horror film in which three desperate young people think they can make some easy money by robbing a blind guy, and boy did they pick the wrong blind guy!
Movies: Star Trek, Divergent, Don't Think Twice Our movie critics talk about this weekend's premieres: What Trekkies have to look forward to in the third installment of the Star Trek reboot, failure and success among a circle of improv players in Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice, and why dystopian teen saga Divergent is being dropped from theatrical release and going straight to TV.
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?
Nice Guys, Angry Birds and Bad Neighbors This week’s new film releases include The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, the animated film version of the smartphone game Angry Birds, and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Will those flicks lure people to the cineplex?
Film Roundup: Halloween Comes Early It’s not even October yet, but it feels like Halloween at the movies—three scary films come out in theaters this weekend. Hear all about them—and a rom-com—in our Friday film roundup.
Film Roundup: 'Straight Outta Compton' and More This weekend, rappers who came straight outta Compton are coming straight to a theater near you. We’ll talk about the movie based on the story of their life. We also talk about the reboot of a cult classic TV show, and Kevin Bacon playing a small town sheriff gone bad.
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.
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.
The great tasting menu debate, cast-iron skillets, grapeless wine Esquire’s Jeff Gordinier weighs in on the pros and cons of tasting menus. Alec Lee of Ava Winery explains the science behind producing wine without a single grape. Food and travel writer Shane Mitchell shares stories from her new book, “Far Afield.” Plus: Jonathan Gold recommends Filipino dishes to try at Irenia, and Charlotte Druckman serves up a cast iron skillet pistachio-cherry danish recipe.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.