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  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

    A superficial biography that fixates on Bobby Fischer's mental anguish rather than his chess conquests.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    Genuine, flawed characters and a frank tone about both sexuality and emotional hang-ups.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    The show’s version of Vegas is all sin and no city, with basic, glaring geography errors.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    "An odd choice to bring back from the dead."

  • TV

    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

    Rob Lowe and Fred Savage take on the courtroom.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

    Despite lightweight characters, Baltasar Kormákur’s big-budget drama offers thrilling, visceral adventure.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

    The main cast of young people is as bland and forgettable as the end-of-the-world clichés they’re forced to navigate.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

    Ryan Murphy brings the worst qualities of his previous shows to the abysmal Scream Queens.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

    A few clever sci-fi touches aside, Minority Report is a straightforward cop show.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

    Blindspot is full of action-movie nonsense, along with shadowy conspiracy stuff.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

    Worth the trip.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

    For audiences fascinated by mountain climbing, it's worth watching on a big screen.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

    A few blandly humorous comments, slick game-play footage and a whole lot of high fives. Play ball?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

    Nostalgia overkill? The animated comedy comes off like a cross between Miami Vice and Jem and the Holograms.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

    The new series, which has been somewhat unfairly compared to Game of Thrones, is from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig team up again.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    Dramas don’t get much darker than this.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    Cheesy dialogue, hammy acting and an overbearing score.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    The story, based on the real-life experiences of Irish activist Jimmy Gralton, is a bit predictable and heavy-handed.

  • Noise

    Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

    Even in the fires of hell, it helps to be among friends.

  • 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.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

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

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

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

  • 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

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

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

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

  • 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

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

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Four new shows are coming. Watch out, Netflix.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

  • 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.