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Friday box office: 'Transformers' running short on gas; 'Wonder Woman' continues to slay

Friday's box office brought some good news and some bad news for Paramount, the studio behind "Transformers: The Last Knight," the late...

New video: 'T2 Trainspotting' is an unlikely sequel and surprisingly profound

New on Blu-ray “T2 Trainspotting” (Sony DVD, $25.99; Blu-ray, $30.99; 4K, $45.99; also available on VOD) One of the year’s unlikeliest sequels, “T2 Trainspotting” reunites the cast of the 1996 indie hit “Trainspotting” with its director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge in a story that catches...

'The Beguiled,' 'The Big Sick,' 'My Journey Through French Cinema' and other movie picks, June 23

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Beatriz at Dinner Salma Hayek gives perhaps the best performance of her career as an empathetic holistic healer who comes face-to-face with a rotten billionaire real-estate mogul (a marvelous John Lithgow) in this...

'Baby Driver' fever: More movies with cars, action and music

Edgar Wright is a filmmaker who unabashedly loves movies. Having put together programs in the past in L.A., Wright recently curated a series of chase movies for the BFI in London and a series of heist movies for the BAMcinématek in Brooklyn. (Including some of the titles below.) For anyone taken...

'Shaun of the Dead's' Edgar Wright accelerates toward the mainstream with 'Baby Driver'

As the audience was settling into the theater before the world premiere of “Baby Driver” earlier this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, the energy level was stoked higher by a pre-show playlist of songs with “Baby” in the title curated by writer-director Edgar Wright...

'The House on Coco Road' is a compelling take on an African American family's odyssey

“The House on Coco Road” is the story of director Damani Baker’s family, particularly his mother, Fannie Haughton, and her remarkable life, reflective of the troubled history of race in America. Descended from Louisiana sharecroppers (the title refers to that home), and the product of the Great...

French auteur Bertrand Tavernier takes film lovers on an incredible 'Journey' through the past

The hottest ticket at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the film people pushed and shoved hardest to get into, was not a heavy drama or heartbreaking romance, but a three-hour-plus documentary on the history of French cinema. If you don't think that sounds scintillating, you don't know Bertrand Tavernier....

'Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All' reveals an inner glow

The documentary “Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All” essentially says it all as a fittingly devotional tribute to Srila Prabhupada, who traveled from Calcutta to New York at age 70 and spearheaded a revolution of self-realization. As chronicled by director John...

5 reasons Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon stayed married after turning their love life into 'The Big Sick'

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the married collaborators behind true-life rom-com 'The Big Sick,' share their secrets of staying happy together.

Authentic portrait of young men at risk in documentary 'Raising Bertie'

Margaret Byrne turns in an impressive directorial debut with “Raising Bertie.” The documentary spends six years with three young black men living in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, focusing on a population that so rarely gets the spotlight. The film alternates between triumph and tragedy,...

Time-warped comedy 'Ripped' is less than half-baked

The time-travel stoner comedy “Ripped” blows a potentially funny idea on slapdash filmmaking and lazy storytelling. If much of this overly broad eye-roller wasn’t made up on the fly, it sure looks that way. The film’s, er, high concept involves 17-year-old best buds and weed-fueled slackers Reeves...

It's Ron Howard to the rescue on 'Star Wars,' but is he a new hope or an agent of the Empire?

It’s official: Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is taking over the reins of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo “Star Wars” spin-off. Whether that’s a win for fans or the mark of a troubling turn to the dark side for the 40-year-old franchise remains to be seen. The news comes two days after the shocking departure...

Documentary reveals struggles and opportunities of 'Night School'

How do you combine homework with the everyday struggle to survive? For the three working-poor subjects of Andrew Cohn’s documentary “Night School” — high school dropouts returning to class years (and in one case decades) later to get not a GED but a full-on diploma — it’s more than just finishing...

Horror-comedy 'A Beginner's Guide to Snuff' aspires to entertain, not exploit

The horror-comedy “A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff” explores the “lighter” side of guerrilla underground filmmaking, following two bumblers who kidnap and pretend to torture a woman. Thanks to three lively lead performances and smart storytelling choices, what could have been a distasteful premise...

Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan brave the hurdles of interracial romance in the delightful 'The Big Sick'

“The Big Sick” begins with a meet-cute, proceeds confidently through flirtation, sex and full-fledged romance, then skids to a halt with a nasty breakup, followed by the kind of dire medical emergency that seems fated to end in reconciliation or grief. It sounds like the stuff of a conventional...

Bong Joon Ho on Netflix's 'Okja,' the meatiest film of his career

Bong Joon Ho isn’t eating too much meat these days. The South Korean writer-director known for intense, genre-bending thrillers like “The Host,” “Memories of Murder” and “Snowpiercer” is grabbing a quick dinner just a few floors down from Koreatown’s CGV Cinemas, where audiences are lining up for...

Disney sued by child expert who claims 'Inside Out' was her idea

Walt Disney Co. is being sued by a child development expert who alleges that the 2015 Pixar movie “Inside Out” used her original idea for an animated program that would have explored children’s emotions through a host of characters representing different moods. In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday...

The 'Star Wars'-Lord & Miller battle: Can Big Hollywood make peace with auteurs?

The news was stunning. Four months into production — and less than a year before it's due in theaters — the Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff was losing its directors. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were being removed from the project because of what Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy was calling a difference...

New CAA study says diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets

There’s been little debate over the moral arguments behind increasing diversity on- and off-screen in Hollywood, but the economic arguments haven’t always been so clear. While women, people of color, LGBTQ folk and other historically marginalized communities in Hollywood continue to insist “diversity...

American and Vietnamese cyclists find common ground in moving documentary 'Blood Road'

Produced by Red Bull Media House, “Blood Road” goes far beyond the extreme sports film one might expect. Instead, the documentary is a triumph, more about emotional states than grueling physical challenges. It explores the budding friendship between two women whose fathers fought on opposing sides...

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