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No phones: In ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ parents actually talk to their kids

No phones: In ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ parents actually talk to their kids

January 9, 2018


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“Remember,” a father says to a son. “Our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. … And before you know it, your heart is worn out. And, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there’s sorrow. Pain. Don’t kill it, a...

‘Downsizing’ review: Bold experiment with mixed results

‘Downsizing’ review: Bold experiment with mixed results

December 29, 2017


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In a new definition of economy of scale, Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” envisions a radical solution to overpopulation: shrinking people to 5 inches tall. It’s certainly one way to prevent climate change and resource depletion: Volunteers will literally leave a smaller footprint. The real attractio...

Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose,’ featuring largest LGBTQ cast ever, gets series order from FX

Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose,’ featuring largest LGBTQ cast ever, gets series order from FX

December 29, 2017


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Molly Bloom’s 2014 memoir “Molly’s Game” was more of a tell-some than a tell-all. In the book, the former freestyle skiing Olympic hopeful discussed the accident that derailed her athletic career. Mainly, she wrote about her improbable career running a pricey, underground poker game in Los Angele...

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ is the true wonder of awards season (PHOTO)

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ is the true wonder of awards season  (PHOTO)

December 12, 2017


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  “The Shape of Water” is a wonder to behold. Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it’s a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon. More than that, “Shape of Water” is both gro...

Musical ‘Coco’ a welcome direction for Pixar

Musical ‘Coco’ a welcome direction for Pixar

November 28, 2017


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Having recently given us three “Cars” films of diminishing interest and the well-intentioned but lackluster “Good Dinosaur,” Pixar has turned its Luxo lamp to illuminate novel new material in “Coco.” It’s the animation factory’s first musical and its initial exploration of multicultural m...

A powerful story of order and disorder pulls you directly into the heart of ‘Baltimore Rising’ on HBO (PHOTO)

A powerful story of order and disorder pulls you directly into the heart of ‘Baltimore Rising’ on HBO  (PHOTO)

November 21, 2017


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  Actress Sonja Sohn, who played Det. Kima Greggs on “The Wire,” has made a beautiful documentary film, “Baltimore Rising,” about the city that show was set in. It premiered Monday on HBO, also the network of “The Wire.” Set mainly among officials, activists and officers in the months betw...

Movies to see this holiday season: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Coco’ and more

Movies to see this holiday season: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Coco’ and more

November 21, 2017


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It’s hard to say what the biggest news of this holiday movie-season will be. The final performance of Daniel Day-Lewis? Disney-Pixar’s first Hispanic-themed feature? The Oscar trifecta of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg with the journalism drama “The Post”? At the moment, the movie ...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV

November 16, 2017


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By Rick Bentley Tribune News Service (TNS) There are numerous big decisions to be made during the holidays, from gift selections to menu creations. You are on your own with those issues, but we can offer some help when it comes to selecting television programming. This year’s lineup of shows incl...

‘Orient Express’ is a train in vain

‘Orient Express’ is a train in vain

November 14, 2017


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Here’s proof that a total train wreck can be boring. “Murder on the Orient Express” breaks apart almost from the first chug chugs as it lugs viewers into its story of death in a luxury railroad car at much less than locomotive speed. Agatha Christie’s whodunit novels featuring the intelligent...

Aiming for a horror boom: The producers of the blockbuster film ‘It’ ponder the genre’s future in Hollywood

Aiming for a horror boom: The producers of the blockbuster film ‘It’ ponder the genre’s future in Hollywood

October 17, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — The Beverly Hills offices of KatzSmith Productions are filled with the kind of treasures one would expect from the company that helped create “It,” currently the highest-grossing horror film of all time at the global box office. Haunting the conference room is an immense cineple...

Fashion siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s forested childhood inspires ‘Woodshock’

Fashion siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s forested childhood inspires ‘Woodshock’

September 28, 2017


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The Mulleavy sisters grew up on the edge of an old-growth redwood forest, two girls in the shadows of trees larger than the Statue of Liberty. Their grandfather, a retired Army man, would sometimes make them march into the woods because he wanted them to be outside. But then they would roam free, quiet a...

6 key questions about fall TV season

6 key questions about fall TV season

September 19, 2017


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The idea of an actual “fall TV season” now almost feels like something you might find in a thrift shop. It’s a little bit dowdy, and threadworn. It’s something everyone once got excited about. Now it’s something everyone tolerates. Barely. Yes, your favorite shows will all soon be back. ...

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