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  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Legend is superfluous, an unnecessary addition to the long line of Tarzan stories.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Swiss Army Manturns into a Michel Gondry-style whimsical musing on the meaning of life, punctuated by gross-out jokes.

  • Screen

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    Independence Day probably doesn’t deserve to be as beloved as it is, but Resurgence is unlikely to inspire anywhere near the same devotion.

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    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    It’s a fascinating piece of little-known Civil War lore that, for an hour or so, makes for a solid historical drama.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    The Showtime dramedy comes from Almost Famous writer-director Cameron Crowe.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    For a few minutes, Three is as kinetic and exciting as any of director Johnnie To’s best-known work. ...

  • Print

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Local cosplayer and spokesmodel Vegas PG was on the floor showing off her impressively accurate Power Girl outfit.

  • Screen

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    It's a sort of half-parody, although Franco and his collaborators have trouble balancing the humor with a level of seriousness.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Nearly everything about the movie hits the right marks, but never goes beyond that.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Around half the songs on the album still end up in the mushy mid-tempo middle ground that has been the Chili Peppers’ standard mode for years now.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    The Rock ends up as the comedic highlight of the film.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    The fest showcased another strong selection of features (five of them locally connected) and short films.

  • Screen

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    It’s rarely obvious or predictable, and that’s more than can be said for most shows on CBS.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Fans who welcomed the band back on 2012's Not Your Kind of People will find plenty to like here.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    A plodding, drawn-out story with momentary excitement.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    All the visual sleight of hand can’t distract from the movie’s core stupidity.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    The worst of the comedy comes from Julianne Moore giving a rare bad performance.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Any eventual narrative film based on this story will have a lot to live up to.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    It's the latest step in the TMNT's long evolution into meaningless corporate properties.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Popstar is rarely boring and never irritating or offensive, but it’s also rarely all that funny.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    So focused on wringing tears from the audience, its marketing campaign includes branded boxes of tissues.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Tilda Swinton plays a David Bowie-like rock star in the bewildering drama.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    The film is an adaptation of early Jane Austen work Lady Susan.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    With everything they’ve been through, this latest adventure comes off as an afterthought.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    With sharp dialogue, characters and jokes, the film is consistently funny from beginning to end.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Why must these flightless birds be flung via slingshot at the homes of green pigs?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    The Meddler is a sweet, low-key dramedy that shows how maturity and wisdom can arrive at any age.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Small-town Texas preacher Jesse Custer has a shady past and the newfound ability to make people do anything he says.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    A hostage situation that plays out on live TV offers plenty of dramatic potential, and the screenwriters capitalize on it well.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    From Trevor Noah to Samantha Bee, former Daily Show correspondents have taken over late-night TV.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Matthew Brown’s middle-of-the-road flick about Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan could have been about anybody.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    A solid choice to dial up on VOD on a slow weekend.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    The pop star kicked off her Revival Tour at Mandalay Bay May 6.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    And it's full of setup for future Marvel movies, of course.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    MCU's crowded slate of movies and TV series includes Luke Cage, Iron Fist and more.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    This season's cinematic buffet: Avengers, sorority girls, Ninja Turtles, Angry Birds and the Ben-Hur remake you didn't know you needed.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Some terrific comedians simply belong on television, working in shorter, punchier formats.

  • television

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    The new crime procedural's plotting barely rises above Scooby-Doo levels.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    To joke about future installments at this point would only be courting disaster.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    There's culture clash and camaraderie in the hard rock underground.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    There are always quirky new products at the trade show, like the card game Movie Buff.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    How do you make a Snow White movie without Snow White?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Anyone not already familiar with his work will learn virtually nothing about one of jazz’s most important figures.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    The story behind a famous photo of the two men was perhaps better left to mystery.

  • Noise

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

    Stapleton ran through nearly all of his Grammy-winning debut solo album, and reached back to his days in bluegrass band the SteelDrivers.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    With so much CGI, "live-action" is a stretch.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    The plot is both incoherent and sappy.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Revered food critic Jonathan Gold makes unfamiliar cuisine vivid and exciting, but Gabbert fails to do the same for her film’s subject.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    The six-part miniseries adapts renowned spy novelist John le Carré’s 1993 novel.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Is it better than Hot Tub Time Machine?