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  • Film

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    There’s a charming movie somewhere there, but it’s buried deep under this wreck of conflicting tones and storylines.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    California is nearly destroyed by earthquakes, but the human spirit always prevails in the cheesiest way possible.

  • Music

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    The band has definitely risen again with its first album in 18 years.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    It's a huge hit in its native Sweden, but comedy often has trouble translating.

  • television

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Like Netflix, NBC is making all 13 episodes of the show available online after the premiere.

  • Film

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    The brisk pacing is the sole improvement over the meandering, overlong original.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Nicole Kidman stars as the titular American actress-turned-princess in the flick, which airs on Lifetime this week.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    The flick is more interested in telling the audience about the importance of fun than in actually having any.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Remember The Fly?

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Focusing on a divorce, the entire movie takes place in an Israeli courtroom and the waiting area just outside.

  • Music

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    A weird night: More costume changes than Lady Gaga, video interludes and an audience ready for some polka.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    All the creepy set pieces and engaging performances are no match for the increasingly absurd exposition.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    Most of the Western, available on Video on Demand this weekend, is a quiet, discursive journey with flashes of dry humor.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    The freshness of the original has been replaced by a dutiful retread. And "Cups" will again be in your head for weeks.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    The latest installment is a marvel of action choreography, even if the crashes and explosions get a little repetitive after a while.

  • Music

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    Sepultura, Deftones and—of course—Metallica bring the rock to the festival's rock weekend.

  • television

    Friday, May 8, 2015

    The new Netflix show combines a superficially progressive premise with some creaky sitcom construction.

  • Film

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    It’s like a cross between “Weird Al” Yankovic’s UHF and a Lifetime movie.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    This is a different kind of zombie film ... one with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    It's never a good sign when the funniest parts of a comedy

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Thorough, sympathetic and often heartbreaking.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Brave new meats and weird mashups steal the snack show at CinemaCon.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    The latest Avengers film can be a little unwieldy, but when it works, it works really well.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Plenty of cosplay at Wizard World Las Vegas

  • Music

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    He seemed happy to let the music speak for itself, and for those audience members who were willing to listen, it spoke loud and clear.

  • Film

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    A bank-robbing Zach Galifianakis, superheroes galore and the return of that swearing teddy bear.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    The plot is dull and predictable, especially in its turgid second half.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    The movie ends with a dedication to all the soldiers whose bodies were never recovered after the war, but the story doesn’t carry the same historical weight.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    "It’s affecting to see Salgado talk about the emotional toll of witnessing so much suffering, and how it triggered his shift in focus to the beauty of nature."

  • television

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Showtime decided to revive and recast the show with Steve Coogan in the lead role.

  • television

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    There’s nothing fantastical about the quaint but grim small town of Pagford—Harry Potter this is not.

  • Film

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    The sequel suffers from indifferent plotting and apathetic jokes that often don’t appear to have punchlines.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Robert Kenner's documentary rehashes talking points about scientists who put corporations above public health issues.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    True Story could have been an examination of the slippery nature of truth ... but it's not.

  • Music

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Having Christine McVie back after a 16-year hiatus seems to have reinvigorated the group.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Woman in Gold has all the hallmarks of prime Oscar bait.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Clearly influenced by Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, Daredevil is dark both thematically and visually.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    It features six segments that start with mundane events before building to violence, betrayal and (sometimes) death.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    It's like watching paint dry on an exquisite masterpiece.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    The HBO documentary is effective as an overview of the history and main criticisms of Scientology.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Aliens invade Earth and forcibly relocate the entire human population ... but in a fun way.

  • television

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    TV Land’s original sitcoms have been resolutely old-fashioned, but Younger is looking to change that.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Is it full of ill-advised humor about race and sexuality? Sure. But it's less offensive than it is misguided.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Netflix’s new drama has such a great cast and such impressive production values, it’s easy to give it a pass for being so dramatically inert.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Some parts of the thriller might be a hard to follow, but the director and writer succeed at creating a sense of visceral danger.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Two words: Zombeavers. Wait, that's one word.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Tris spends most of the movie on the run, which isn't a bad thing.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Because real pandas are pretty bad at kung fu.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Without any twists or stylistic innovations, here's hoping the forthcoming live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book will be a bit livelier.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    A generic story isn't improved by adding a small twist.

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