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First 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer reunite Iron Man and Peter Parker

The first-ever trailer for the Marvel and Sony Pictures Entertainment superhero collaboration, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” is out, and it’s bringing together a whole lot more than two studios. The new Spider-Man movie is making full use of their crossover with lots and lots of Iron Man.  Tom Holland...

Our original film review of 'The Right Stuff' holds clues for John Glenn's path to senator

John Glenn, astronaut, senator and the first U.S. citizen to orbit Earth, passed away Thursday at 95. In Philip Kaufman’s film “The Right Stuff,” based on the book by Tom Wolfe, Ed Harris plays Glenn. “The ‘clean marine’ with an undiscovered talent for PR,” as then-Times film critic Sheila Benson...

AFI Awards announced for film and television with special award to 'O.J.: Made in America'

The American Film Institute released their official selections for the 2016 AFI Awards on Thursday, given to “the year’s most culturally and artistically significant films and television programs.” With 10 films and 10 television programs being recognized, a special award was nevertheless given...

Beautiful landscapes are about all that mindless thriller 'Sugar Mountain' has going for it

Pretty but oh-so-dumb, “Sugar Mountain” is the cinematic equivalent of a himbo. The would-be thriller takes full advantage of its Alaskan setting, with John Garrett’s cinematography featuring the state’s forests and mountain peaks in all their glory. However, the script from Abe Pogos is all tell...

Ridiculous political thriller 'Kill Ratio' does Eastern Europe on the cheap

Set in a fictional Eastern European country (actually played by Ireland, with the telltale brogue seeping into many of the character accents), “Kill Ratio” is a laughably inept political thriller that would have been right at home on the USA Network lineup circa 1990. Allegedly in town for a business...

Crude comedy 'Confessions of a Womanizer' eventually makes its point

It shouldn’t be a surprise that a film titled “Confessions of a Womanizer” starts with a transphobic crack that the main character Richie (Andrew Lawrence) makes during his rock-bottom moment, sharing a jail cell with a trans woman, Ginger (Kelly Mantle, from the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag...

Madman assembles house of death in bizarre 'Abattoir'

If nothing else, the sloppy horror/noir hybrid “Abattoir” is the weirdest effort yet from cult director Darren Lynn Bousman — and that’s saying something, given that he once helmed the 2008 splatter musical “Repo! The Genetic Opera.” Jessica Lowndes stars as real-estate reporter Julia Talben, who...

'Sword Master' slices and dices but can't match classic wuxia

Many wuxia films could be called “Sword Master,” but this particular entry has the distinction of reviving a classic story by genre novelist Gu Long, and remaking a celebrated Shaw Brothers movie from 1977 (“Death Duel”) that starred this film’s director, Derek Yee. A decidedly eccentric stew of...

Korean hit 'My Annoying Brother' will push your buttons and you'll enjoy it

It’s easy to see why the South Korea blockbuster “My Annoying Brother,” which has overtaken “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on its home box-office turf, is such a crowd-pleaser. The comedy-drama about a pair of estranged brothers who ultimately form a close bond so adroitly pushes every...

Music stars Pharrell Williams, the Beastie Boys and more discuss influential Roland drum machine in documentary '808'

Everything you ever wanted to know — or perhaps never knew you wanted to know — about the wildly influential Roland TR-808 drum machine is laid out with entertaining, if exhaustive, brio in the documentary “808.” Manufactured by Japan’s Roland Corporation from 1980 to 1983, the TR-808 was initially...

Young prisoners of war are victims of WWII fallout in the explosive foreign-language Oscar entry 'Land of Mine'

Nothing focuses a film like the threat of a bomb going off. From Alfred Hitchcock's "Sabotage" to the Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," explosive devices that can detonate at any moment are intrinsically dramatic. "Land of Mine" makes good use of that plot mechanism, but it has a whole lot more...

Meghan O'Hara's cancer documentary 'The C Word' bursts forth with ideas

Meghan O’Hara’s edifying cancer documentary “The C Word” is bursting forth with ideas, many of which are barely contained within the time constraints of the film. O’Hara deftly wrangles them all into a compelling argument that seeks to make prevention the ultimate in cancer treatments. While marshaling...

James Baldwin is illuminated, with dizzying multimedia savvy, in 'I Am Not Your Negro'

In the beginning were the words, the eloquent, muscular, electric language of James Baldwin, a writer who had extraordinary insights into America's complex racial crisis. But what makes "I Am Not Your Negro" a mesmerizing cinematic experience, smart, thoughtful and disturbing, goes well beyond...

'The Founder': Coming (sooner than you thought) to a theater (just one) near you

You’ve heard of pop-up restaurants and pop-up museums. But what about a pop-up movie? That’s the curious vibe surrounding “The Founder,” the story of maverick businessman Ray Kroc’s acquisition and expansion of the McDonald’s fast-food chain. The film, which stars Michael Keaton as Kroc, opened...

'Harry Benson: Shoot First' profiles a 'celebrity' photographer who was, in fact, so much more

Not all exceptional photographers live rarefied lives, some toil in the vineyards and take spectacular pictures again and again and again. Such is the case with Harry Benson, who has been doing it for 60 years and has no intention of stopping. But as the intriguing documentary "Harry Benson: Shoot...

Clever spiritual comedy 'The Brand New Testament' finds God ... in Brussels

The most powerful figure in the world is a miserable old bastard who manifests a startling contempt for humanity and an utter lack of moral qualifications and who spends each day dispensing tyranny and abuse with a few ill-advised keystrokes. It may not sound like the stuff of great escapist entertainment...

Musician seeks out bigots in documentary 'Accidental Courtesy'

Though the subject of “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America” is a musician who has played with Chuck Berry and Little Richard, it’s not Daryl Davis’ musical talent that makes him the focus of the documentary. Instead, it’s his ongoing mission as an African American man to meet members...

Chinese neo-noir 'Old Stone' spins taxi driver into a bureaucratic nightmare

In the frenzied, cacophanous urban China of Johnny Ma’s stunningly assured, darkly gripping first feature “Old Stone,” a car accident doesn’t just cause physical damage, it wrecks souls. Taxi driver and family man Lao Shi (a fantastic Chen Gang) learns the hard way the price of compassion when...

Steven Seagal collects another paycheck with 'Contract to Kill'

When Islamic terrorists plot to enter the United States through Mexican cartels’ tunnels, only a man who has worked for both the CIA and DEA can keep Americans safe. That man is Harmon, who could only be played by Steven Seagal. In “Contract to Kill,” the martial arts master takes on America’s...

Intriguing premise of 'Burn Country' fails to engage

The novel kick to Ian Olds’ moody small town mystery drama “Burn Country” is its viewpoint, that of an Afghan journalist transplanted to an eccentric burg in Northern California. Chatty, curious Osman (Dominic Rains), crashing at the home of his American war correspondent colleague’s mother (Melissa...

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