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  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

    From Johnny Depp in a gritty biopic to the retro-fueled insanity of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, fall films are ready to thrill.

  • Site Feature

    Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

    Despite the drastic changes in TV-viewing habits in recent years, the major broadcast networks insist on rolling out dozens of new shows in early fall.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    Diary is based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s semi-autobiographical graphic novel and set in San Francisco in 1976.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    A history lesson with occasional drama.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    WAYF is set up like an EDM version of Entourage.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

    Exploring issues of race and gender in Eden.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

    At one time, it might have made sense for Owen Wilson to demonstrate his range by starring in a grimy thriller.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    The shorts were easily the festival highlights.

  • television

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    Stewart dives into his role with admirable gusto, but the show around him isn’t worthy of his talents.

  • television

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    It may be niche humor, but it fills that niche skillfully.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

    The filmmakers put so much effort into creating badass moments that they lose sight of the core of the story.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

    The multiplatinum-selling pop star's enthusiasm for interacting with the audience always came across as genuine.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

    Strong performances and a whole lot of cleverness and creativity from director Jon Watts.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    "We felt like we had drunkenly done the research in our 20s."

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    Vigilantes take the spotlight in this new flick.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    The plot is full of twists and a killer car chase, but it lacks a sense of urgency.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

    The book-based series is built around city hall intrigue.

  • Music

    Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

    There wasn’t much of an audience for Williams at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, but she got plenty of appreciation from the people that did show up.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    The murder mystery staring Charlize Theron is ultimately unsatisfying.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    There might be a lot of talent behind the film, but Ricki is inauthentic and uninspired.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    The elegant story unfortunately ends with a cheap, sensationalistic twist.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were disastrous, but Batman Begins succeeded both critically and commercially.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    Local productions, favorites from other fests and a partnership with the much-missed CineVegas.

  • Music

    Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

    Middle-aged metal: An aging Glenn Danzig proves he can still rock.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    When Lovett focused on his own songs and his own performance, the show was excellent.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Four new shows are coming. Watch out, Netflix.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    With twisty plotting and robust action, the latest installment is a strong example of the best in blockbuster filmmaking.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    It never loses sight of the personal story of these optimistic women and their genuinely life-affirming journey.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    The people who love it really, really, really love it.

  • Film

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Starring Christina Applegate and The Hangover's Ed Helms, it's a sad re-creation of a once-beloved comedy franchise.

  • Film

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    CineVegas went on hiatus following its 2009 edition.

  • Film

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Based on a novel by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, the flick is more John Hughes than Nicholas Sparks.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Imagine a cheaper, lazier version of a typical Adam Sandler movie.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Even the boxing sequences are mostly unremarkable, a few exciting POV shots aside.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    The movie exudes familial love and forgiveness.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Listless performances and a moronic plot. Surprise?

  • Film

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    William DuVall and singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell harmonize nearly as well as Cantrell and former lead singer Layne Staley did.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    It's not your average Marvel film.

  • television

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Dad rock: Like its protagonist, the FX comedy is mostly a sad relic straining to appear hip.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Ian McKellen's Sherlock Holmes doesn’t feel like a copy of any of the dozens of other actors who’ve played the character.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    The little yellow pill-shaped creatures have become pop-culture staples, and the movie’s main purpose seems to be to further their ubiquity.

  • television

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    The HBO flick starring Andy Samberg exists in an odd middle ground between a feature film and an extended sketch.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    Director Tarsem Singh brought uncommon visual flair to past work but the look of Self/less is bland and anonymous.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    It has the safe, middle-of-the-road quality of most CBS sitcoms, which makes it just right for TV Land’s mild reinvention.

  • Music

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    Little Boots mixes cheeky, clever lyrics with danceable beats and memorable hooks.

  • Film

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    The film festival also has editions around the globe, from London and Liverpool and Tokyo and LA.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Who doesn’t want to hear Arnie scream “It’s not a tumor!” again?

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The main characters head off to a dinner date without any idea of the insanity to come.

  • Film

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    The flick often feels like a glorified piece of fan fiction, playing around in the margins of a great movie.

  • Film

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    XXL has about as much dramatic complexity as Thunder From Down Under, turning Magic Mike into a franchise that shamelessly caters to fans who crave only a parade of beefcake.