FROM Witney Seibold
Is there still an appetite for 'Saw' movies? Our critics review “Jigsaw,” the first movie in the “Saw” series in 10 years; “All I See Is You,” in which Blake Lively plays a blind woman who regains her sight; “Suburbicon," directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore; “Novitiate,” about a young woman who joins a convent in the 1960s.
Does Tom Cruise deliver in 'American Made'? This week’s new movie releases offer plenty of thrills: Tom Cruise is a real life pilot turned CIA drug runner in ‘American Made’, a ‘Flatliners’ reboot takes young medical students near death, and a couple’s attempt to spice up their marriage goes awry (with handcuffs!) in ‘Gerald’s Game’.
Is ‘Birth of the Dragon’ the true story of Bruce Lee’s life? Our critics review “Leap!,” an animated film about a wannabe ballerina orphan voiced by Elle Fanning; “Birth of the Dragon,” about martial arts legend Bruce Lee; “All Saints,” based on an inspiring true story about a salesman-turned-pastor; and “Beach Rats,” about a teenager in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
Does 'Planet of the Apes' make us care more about apes than humans? Our film critic reviews “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third movie in this modern reboot series; “Wish Upon,” about a teenager who gets a jewelry box that grants her seven wishes; the costume thriller “Lady Macbeth,” which is not a Shakespeare adaptation but based on Nikolai Leskov’s novella.
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.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
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."