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  • Film

    Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

    The spooky original boasted an impressive cast and a simple but effective story, but the sequel features a B-level cast, a recycled story and a relative lack of scares.

  • Film

    Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

    And it's completely winning in all its cheesy glory.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

    The new Fox series is as overheated and melodramatic as co-creator Lee Daniels' films.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

    With this stylish new series, maybe Marvel TV shows can take their place alongside Marvel movies.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

    No movie could live up to the amount of controversy that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s dopey comedy has been subject to recently.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

    Weekly film critics pick their 10 favorite movies of the year.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

    Weekly's film editor Josh Bell picks his favorite TV shows of the year.

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

    Another remake that just rings hollow.

  • Film

    Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

    Revisiting the drama behind Margaret Keane's paintings of sorrowful big-eyed paintings.

  • Film

    Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

    Zamperini is more of a superhuman ideal than a person.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

    Every book adaptation should be this good.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

    "Starting with insipid material once again yields insipid results."

  • Film

    Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

    Five Armies dashes the mild hopes built up by last year’s improved second installment of this series.

  • Music

    Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

    For an artist who often seems to delight in denying audiences what they want, Billy Corgan was remarkably accommodating.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    It could have been the next Game of Thrones. Oh well.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    It's a seriously compromised vision.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    "A big step in the right direction."

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    The release is the latest in Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan's ongoing Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    God apparently loves CGI.

  • television

    Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

    This is not the way to make an old franchise new again.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

    Plenty of great acts, plenty of venues.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

    Is it a ghost, or a demon, or just a manifestation of her own ambivalence about being a parent?

  • Film

    Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

    Tommy Lee Jones demonstrates a clear affection for and understanding of the genre.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

    Well, it isn't a total bust ...

  • Film

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

    Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey reprise their roles from the first movie in the most contrived ways possible.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

    Subjecting the feline to starring in a bargain-basement Lifetime Christmas movie seems like a form of animal cruelty.

  • Film

    Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

    Characters who are refreshingly funny in small doses aren’t necessarily suited to carrying entire movies.

  • television

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Not all of them can feature beloved characters like Buddy the Elf and the toys of Toy Story.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Over-the-top camp or disturbing psychological thriller? The movie never succeeds at either.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Not a worthy comeback effort for country music's biggest seller.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Mockingjay - Part 1 sets the stage for a more satisfying finale to the series.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

    Battle Royale, Code 46 and more.

  • Film

    Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

    Weekly's film editor takes in a weekend of flicks at this year's fest, including a vampire mockumentary from Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.

  • Film

    Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

    The effort comes across as desperate and sad, with meager laughs and sloppy storytelling.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

    From Pleasantville to I Love You Phillip Morris, a look back at the strongest work from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

    It's a poor man's version of Homeland.

  • Music

    Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

    There were constant explosions, huge video screens and music, although not as much of it as you might expect from a band whose catalog spans four decades.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

    Who knew Keira Knightley could play such an effective woman-child?

  • Film

    Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

    It seems tailor-made for an animated TV series.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

    Interstellar turns out to be less hard-headed than soft-hearted, a sci-fi epic about how, like, all you need is love, man.

  • television

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    Seriously, can someone maybe smile once in a while?

  • Music

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    The country-ish singer-songwriter goes completely pop on her latest release.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    A pariah accused of murdering his girlfriend wakes up with two devilish horns growing out of his head.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    Alex Ross Perry's film is reminiscent of Woody Allen and the recent Greenberg.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    Nightcrawler isn’t a heavy-handed media satire. It’s a character study about a truly reprehensible character.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    Still, why can't more movies try to be this ambitious?

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    The plot is simplistic in the extreme and more than a little silly, but John Wick is delivered with style and energy.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    The third new fall drama based on a DC Comics character, Constantine is neither as fun as The Flash nor as grandiose as Gotham.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    f this is indeed PollyGrind’s last year, it was a hell of a swan song.

  • Film

    Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

    The flick focuses on interviews with two subjects: An operative of Israel’s Shin Bet security service and the son of a principal leader of Palestinian organization Hamas.

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