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  • 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.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    It’s a humblebrag of a movie.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    The country star opens her second album with a double entendre-filled ode to smoking pot.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Beyond Snakes on a Plane.

  • television

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Cheesy animal attacks and a tiresome conspiracy storyline.

  • television

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Scream is a generic thriller with more pretty faces than creative ideas.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Cosplay version of Family Feud, a make-shift alter for weddings and Ninjabot!

  • Music

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Corner Stone, Left Standing, Happy Campers and others play Fremont Country Club.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    True Detective's second season, Ballers and The Brink all debut Sunday night.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Think Adventures in Babysitting meets Boyz N the Hood.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    It's a huge hit in the U.K., and PBS is hoping for the same in America.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    It’s a bit like prom, Lollapalooza and Black Friday all rolled into one.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    It doesn't help that special effects that were groundbreaking in 1993 are now commonplace.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    The film does little to indicate why Yves Saint Laurent was such an artistic genius.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Don't worry, this dramedy about an aimless retiree doesn’t spend time wallowing in misery.

  • television

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    For all its flash, it’s missing an essential ingredient—magic.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    McCarthy delivers the laughs, with Jason Statham mocking his own tough-guy image to hilarious effect.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Wilson was and is a musical genius and a fragile man, and Love & Mercy presents both of those sides as real and human.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Is anyone still waiting for the Wachowskis to retake their “visionaries” label?

  • 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.

  • television

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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

  • 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

    Remember The Fly?

  • 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

    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

    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

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

  • 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.