FROM Witney Seibold
Is 'Cars 3' the animated racecar version of 'Rocky 3?' Film critics review Pixar’s third installment of “Cars;” “Rough Night,” about a group of women college friends getting together for a bachelorette party; “All Eyez on Me,” a biopic about iconic LA rapper Tupac Shakur.
Does the new ‘King Arthur’ rip off ‘Game Of Thrones?’ Our critics review “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” starring Charlie Hunnam of “Sons of Anarchy” fame; and “Snatched,” about a mother and daughter who are in trouble.
'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.”
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?
Friday Movies Thinking of seeing a movie this weekend? Let film critics Witney Seibold and Tim Grierson guide your decision. Discussed today are sci-fi thriller Cloverfield, Eye in the Sky, Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Brothers Grimsby and Lolo.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?